Many members of the military come home from the service and are wondering what the next step in their career is. Veterans may also be feeling anxious about finding work immediately as they know they have families to support and bills to pay. Good news⏤the trucking industry has a lot to offer for military veterans!
Trucking has a lot more to offer than just job security, especially for military veterans. The trucking industry gives back to veterans for their service in a variety of ways. CDL Schools like Napier Truck Driver Training offer financial aid designed to assist both active duty and military veterans get their Class A CDL. Napier works with programs such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapter 30 and many more!
Moreover, you may already have driving experience. Many military members will have the opportunity to operate heavy military equipment which can make the transition into trucking even easier. The Military Skills Driver Waiver allows anyone who has military experience to have the driving portion of the skills test waived meaning they only have to pass the written part of the test in order to be able to hit the road.
As a veteran, you already have a lot of the skills needed to be a successful truck driver. Truck drivers must be responsible and reliable in order to make their deliveries on time. Communication is key when others are relying on you. If you know you are going to be late, communicate this with everyone involved so there are no surprises. Depending on the specific job, truck drivers sometimes need to spend a lot of time alone. Long-haul drivers may be on the road alone for weeks at a time. Because of this, it helps to be a self-starter that will do their work without being monitored.
Veterans have all served in an environment where they had to be responsible and reliable. Veterans are used to taking care of more than just themselves. The military also teaches veterans to be punctual in all they do. Everything in trucking depends on a schedule and people being on time. Just as military veterans have once communicated with supervisors, sergeants, and lieutenants, they will now be communicating with the dispatchers who will help keep them on schedule.
Driving a truck in a war zone is a skill you may have acquired, and even excelled at. And even if you didn’t serve in a war zone, driving a truck for the military gives you all sorts of strengths that employers in the trucking industry are looking for. You have the know-how of hauling everything from tanks and ordinance to construction equipment and hazardous material. You have likely done it all and seen it all. So why not apply those skills you learned in the military to a new career in the trucking industry?
Competitive Pay and Benefits
The trucking industry is one of the most in-demand job markets today. There is currently a rising shortage of truck drivers as the current population of drivers retires. Moreover, the pay and benefits are competitive with other industries. Trucking positions start around $40,000+ per year and some senior positions can pay much as $100,000+ annually. These positions also come with paid vacations that many drivers use to spend time with their families. Health insurance and 401k retirement savings plans are also benefits offered at most trucking companies.
You have selflessly served our country, now it is our turn to take care of you and your family. The trucking industry can offer a quality job with flexible schedules and complete benefits⏤ensuring a secure future for you and your family.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.