Many veterans return to civilian life and wonder what their next step in life will be. What will they do to earn an income and continue to support their families? To many veterans, this is a very real and worrisome thought. However, many military veterans are discovering a new career in trucking is something they can become very passionate about.
Why the Trucking Industry:
After retiring from the military, many veterans will have experience driving heavy military machinery. This can translate beautifully onto the open road when they become a truck driver. In fact, all 50 states and Washington DC have passed the Military Skills Test Waiver. The Military Skills Test Waiver allows a soldier who has at least two (2) years of experience driving heavy military equipment who has done so within the last year (12 months) to be exempt from the road test portion of their CDL education. This makes the transition into a new career even faster for veterans coming home and looking for a job transition. Veterans are also able to use their GI Bill® to help pay for some or all of their CDL training at CDS Tractor Trailer Training.
Using Your Military Skills:
Many of the skills you learned in the military transfer over to the trucking industry. To be successful as a truck driver, you must be self-motivated and disciplined, follow regulations on rest and driving time, and be on schedule. You must be reliable and punctual so your carrier knows that you will deliver the load on time every time, or you’ll communicate if something prevents you from doing so.
A Career that will Support You:
After completing your service to our country, you can rely on the trucking industry for a secure job in an in-demand field. Entry-level trucking jobs often start at $40,000+ annually, and some management positions can get up into the $80,000+ range. You will also get paid vacation time, full health care benefits, and a retirement package. Many companies also offer additional monetary incentives for reaching certain goals or performance standards in the industry.
Now that you are done serving our country, we hope that you will consider a job in the trucking industry. A secure job that will give you peace of mind and the ability to support your family is what you deserve! Now is your time to travel the country you fought so hard to protect.
For more information about why you should consider a career in trucking as a veteran, contact CDS Tractor Trailer Training. CDS provides both Class A CDL training and Class B CDL Training in four convenient locations throughout Virginia.