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, the National Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard, while helping to address the nation’s shortage of commercial vehicle drivers. Current projections show the transportation sector needs to hire an additional 4.6 million workers in the next seven 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.
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