New Program Allows Young Military Personnel to Drive Trucks Commercially
The US Department of Transportation is launching a pilot program to allow young veterans to pursue careers in commercial driving.
The program allows 18 to 20-year-olds with a military commercial driving license to cross state lines in large trucks. Before now, federal law restricted commercial trucking across state lines to drivers 21 and older.
Military veterans and reservists who meet the requirements will have a chance to participate in the three-year study. Officials will compare the safety of the test drivers to the performance of a slightly older group of truckers.
US Transportation officials say the goal is to help veterans transition into the workforce while alleviating a shortage of truckers in the transportation industry. Military vets and reservists can apply at https://www.transportation.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.