Trucking Associations announced its
commitment to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Foundation’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Hiring Our Heroes launched in
March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses
find meaningful employment. The goal is to create a movement across America in
hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every
and Hiring Our Heroes will use FASTPORT’s trucking track system as a single
portal to help match veterans with fleets and provide a clear path toward
obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License.
instance, the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Military Skills Test Waiver
allows servicemembers who are or were employed in a military position in the
last 12 months to be exempt from taking the driving portion of the CDL skills
testing. In addition, the waiver verifies the servicemember's trucking
experience, which can translate into as much as $10,000 to $15,000 in higher
Here are some frequently asked questions around the CDL Military Skills Test Waiver:
the Military Skills Test Waiver
apply to all states?
Yes, every state now accepts the Military Skills Test Waiver.
do I apply for the Military Skills
To apply for the experience waiver, simply fill-out the Application for Military Skills Test
have your commander sign, and turn into a Commercial Driving School or your
State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA).
there a deadline to complete the Military
Skills Test Waiver?
Yes, the deadline set by the Educational Testing Service (ETS)
varies by state. They range from 1 to 2 years from discharge. This means that
the Military Skills Test Waiver must be completed and turned into a CDL School
or State Driver Licensing Agency before that date.
do I know which license I am qualified for?
Depending on your experience in the military you may qualify for a Class-A,
Class-B or Class-C license.
According to the Commercial
Driver’s License Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA), since November of 2013 there have been nearly 90,000 eligible
participants for the CDL Military Skills Test Waiver. However, only 6,000 total
waivers have been issued for Class-A, Class-B, and Class-C licenses. Of those,
only 3,000 were Class-A, or in other words, "big rig" drivers. The
goal of the FMCSA is to help educate veterans and active servicemembers on the Military Skills Test Waiver
and help as many veterans pursue a great career in the trucking industry.
Transportation supports efforts to hire qualified veterans for service as truck
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