Military veterans are unique people attracted to a unique career path. Like the military, driving a truck’s a distinctive career that attracts a similar group of people. The skills you obtained in the military will help you thrive as a truck driver, while also providing you the opportunity to see more of the country you protected.
Why Veterans Excel as Truckers
According to Transport Topic, trucking is a lucrative industry experiencing a growing need for more drivers. It’s a career that requires the discipline to drive over long distances and the reliability to make deliveries on time. The military teaches discipline and ingrains the importance of meeting one’s goals in an efficient and timely manner.
A soldier is never alone—you’re part of a team. So are truck drivers. If you’re team driving, you’re partnered with another driver who you’ll split your schedule with. You’ll also work with your dispatcher to ensure the route you’re on is still the best way to deliver your goods.
While you’re on the road on using your CB radio, you’ll encounter other drivers. You can exchange stories and tips on what weigh stations to use, roads to avoid, and the best places to stop for a meal.
As a veteran, you were taught to plan ahead. As a trucker, you’ll need to figure out fast, cost-effective routes that also provide you with places to eat, rest, or clean up.
While you’re taught to plan, you also know how to adapt as situations change and make decisions quickly. The road is an unpredictable place. Accidents, construction, and weather changes will alter your plan. Your situational awareness will ensure you notice signage, react to sudden detours and road hazards.
The military makes leaders. Whether you’re team
driving or instructing new drivers, your guidance and experience is still
How to Become a Truck Driver
The federal government has several requirements for applicants to become truck drivers. You’ll also need a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Driving schools provide on the road and classroom instruction to help you prepare for the CDL test.
Having a prior criminal record won’t automatically exclude you. However, some felonies will cause your CDL to be suspended or disqualified.
However, if you have at least two years of experience driving military trucks, you could qualify for a waiver for the CDL skills test. You’ll only be responsible for passing the written test since your military driving experience translates to trucking. This will get you out on the road and providing for your family much faster.
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