Recently Passed Military CDL Act Opens Doors for Veterans Interested in Trucking Careers
Truck Jobs Today, a national placement firm specializing in truck driver recruitment, says military veterans could help alleviate an alarming shortage of truckers and avoid costly impacts. The recently passed Military Commercial Drivers’ License Act of 2012 makes it easier for veterans and active service personnel to obtain a CDL required for a trucking career.
“Our nation is facing a critical truck driver shortage that could explode within the next decade, sending consumer product prices skyrocketing and devastating the economy,” says Christopher Grant, Truck Jobs Today CEO. “If a small percentage of the 1.6 million Armed Forces personnel returning home from active duty chose a trucking career, they could turn this shortage around.”
According to a recent update from the American Trucking Associations, the current shortage of truckers is about 20,000-25,000 in the long-haul sector. This significant shortage could jump to 239,000 in the next decade. Such a shortage could create a domino effect on the economy resulting in supply chain disruptions, delayed deliveries and drastic price increases for consumer products.
Road Now Easier For Veterans Who Want To Become Truckers
The road to a new career has fewer bumps for military veterans who want to become truckers when they leave the service. A new law allows states to waive residency requirements when issuing commercial trucking licenses to those who’ve been in the military.
Active-duty and reserve military, and members of the National Guard and Coast Guard can all take advantage of the new law, which went into effect in October.
The American Forces Press Service gave an example of how the law will work:
Suppose a service member is stationed in Texas but plans to leave the military and move to South Carolina. That person — if he or she has the required driving experience — can take the written commercial driver’s license test in Texas while still on active duty, receive a license, and then transfer the license to South Carolina later on.
The Truckload Carriers Association told USA Today that there are roughly 200,000 long-haul trucking jobs that need to be filled. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that number to grow to 300,000 unfilled trucking jobs by 2020.