American Trucking Associations Commit Jobs for Veterans



The American 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 day.  

ATA 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.

For 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 starting salaries.

Here are some frequently asked questions around the CDL Military Skills Test Waiver:

1. Does the Military Skills Test Waiver apply to all states?
Yes, every state now accepts the Military Skills Test Waiver.

2. How do I apply for the Military Skills Test Waiver?
To apply for the experience waiver, simply fill-out the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, have your commander sign, and turn into a Commercial Driving School or your State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA).

3. Is 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.

4. How 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.

HUB Transportation supports efforts to hire qualified veterans for service as truck drivers. Talk to our experts about driver support programs and driver retention.