FMCSA proudly supports America’s armed forces and is committed to assisting veterans seeking to transition from U.S. Military service to new careers in the transportation industry. Several Agency initiatives promote career opportunities for men and women who served in the U.S. Military, including the Reserves, and the National Guard, while helping to address the nation’s shortage of commercial vehicle drivers. Current projections show the transportation sector needs to hire an additional 1.2 million drivers in the next four years, many of those in the trucking industry. For those who operated large vehicles while in uniform, these initiatives clear a path to new careers in transportation and provide the truck and bus industries with skilled, safe drivers.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is establishing a pilot program to study the feasibility, benefits, and safety impacts of allowing a covered driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. A covered driver is an individual who is 18, 19, or 20 years old; a member of the armed forces or reserve components; and qualified in a military occupational specialty (MOS) to operate a CMV or similar vehicle.
FMCSA’s efforts to support our Service Members are bolstered by several provisions in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) signed by President Obama in December 2015.
The Agency’s numerous initiatives expedite the transition of U.S. Military personnel into careers as commercial vehicle drivers.
Veterans who drove heavy duty vehicles in the U.S. Military can earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL) – and find work that fits their experience – without having to take the road test portion of their State’s licensing exam.
FMCSA continues to work closely with a diverse group of partners to make opportunities available to U.S. Military veterans.
The following agencies assist U.S. Military veterans who are seeking new career opportunities:
- U.S. Air Force COOL
- U.S. Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)
- U.S. Army Soldier for Life Job Resources
- U.S. Army Troops to Trucks
- U.S. Department of Labor - Apprenticeship
- U.S. Department of Labor - Hero 2 Hired
- U.S. Department of Labor – VETS
- U.S. Department of Transportation’s Veterans Transportation Career Center
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hiring Programs and Incentives
- Helmets to Hardhats
- U.S. Navy COOL