You might not know it, but there are many amazing opportunities and truck driving jobs for Veterans.
As a former service member your previously gained driving skills are both valued and needed in the trucking industry. I know you might not think so but they are, indeed!
Here are just a few reasons why truck driving jobs for Veterans is a good idea:
- You can handle stress and constant change;
- Ability to work in most any environment, and don’t mind travel;
- You are used to schedules and meeting deadlines;
- The ability to understand the importance of and can follow rules;
- You understand the importance of properly maintaining your equipment.
Of course these are just a few of the reasons that recruiters use when finding truck driving jobs for Veterans.
Also, Veterans are loyal and understand how to follow directions. Another plus is with some companies where the requirement to where a uniform is necessary, well as a Veteran that is no problem.
Now if you’re a recent Veteran you might not be aware of just how valuable your skills are in the ‘real world’. Truck driving jobs for Veterans can be a great transition from service to civilian life.
Because, we all know that many people come out of the service and find it a bit of culture shock once they are out on the street. After all it’s not easy to transit from war zone into the everyday life!
They think that life after the service its as unusual, and you will just be able to sit down and tell your stories from the combat the same way you are telling driving urban legends and true stories! The truth and reality is that most of the veterans actually will not speak a lot about the time in the service!
So that is why truck driving jobs for Veterans can be a great way to bridge the gap. How or perhaps a better question is why? Both are simple to answer.
As a truck driver you are alone in the cab. You can decompress, listen to your favorite radio and music, whatever you wish. While at truck stops you can connect with other Veterans through social media and other means.
Considering truck driving jobs for Veterans is great step towards both a new life and a new you!
Whether you’re considering to transition out or you’re already out you might want to connect with a few others who have been there. Most of your ‘civilian’ friends can’t truly relate.
Your spouse might try, and even perhaps she/he thinks they do, but if they never served they don’t.
It isn’t his/her fault, if you never traveled into space can you relate to an astronaut? If you’ve never been to medical school can you relate to a doctor? No. So how can you expect them to fully understand what you’re going through if they never served? You can’t.
So what can you do? Simple find and speak with likeminded people. How do you do this? Well, there are literally hundreds of Veterans groups, associations, and organizations.
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Some are really good others are not… but here are just a few Veteran organizations to have in mind:
- S. Department of Veterans Affairs;
- American Legion;
- Vietnam Veterans of America;
- National Association of American Veterans (NAAV);
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA);
- A good list of Veteran groups.
But, as I said there are so many more out there and many more popping up all the time. Some are great and some are just looking to cash in on you being a Veteran. If you need some help selecting a group, check out this article from Military (dot com).
As for social media of course there is Facebook and LinkedIn. Both of which have groups geared towards Veterans.
However, if you’re looking for the best, that have to offer but in one site, everything strictly for the military minded (current and Veteran), then check out Rallypoint.
There you can find out about all the issues that are important to Veterans. You can even find some experts that will tell you all about truck driving jobs for Veterans.
Driving Requirements to be a Truck Driver
Ok so you were in the service and decided against another hitch, retired, were medically discharged or otherwise let go (with an honorable discharge). Through a recruiter, locker-room talk, an Internet meme or whatever you heard about truck driving jobs for Veterans. Now you need to find out what is required.
Well actually the government does have some set requirements. These are both from the federal level as well as the state. And they can seem a bit overwhelming, well don’t worry they are not. Actually you might meet some of them already. In order to be eligible:
- You must be 21 years of age to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, or to haul hazardous materials.
- Cannot have any disqualifying criminal offense in your background
- If you meet those basic requirements, then there are few other steps:
- Take and pass the written portion of the driving test.
- Take the road skills (driving) test.
Once that is done you will need to your commercial learner’s permit (CLP), and maintain it at least 14 days before applying for your actual commercial driver’s license (CDL).