You don’t have to be a veteran to be a good truck driver, but returning service men and women might want to consider choosing the Truck Driver Institute’s CDL training program, like Derek Paul did after he left the U.S. Army. Our students are given real world experience behind the wheel of a truck and assisted in finding a good paying job after graduation.
Sean Lenhan, a veteran’s employment program manager with the Department of Commerce, is worried that returning service men and women are not adequately being considered for available jobs, even though they possess many highly desirable skills.
“(Veterans) are one of the most undervalued and under-appreciated commodities that can be hired,” Lenhan said in a Driver Jobs article. “One of the things I believe that is different is that as a veteran, on active duty, you may have had a specialty — but everybody that has served knows that’s just your primary duty. You may be doing six or seven other things as well. As a veteran and as a service member you are tasked to do a variety of collateral duties — that’s a diversified set of skills you bring to the table as a veteran.”
Good Paying Jobs Are Available
Those diversified job skills can fit nicely in the commercial trucking industry and many trucking officials are looking for ways to encourage veterans to ponder a career as a professional truck driver. Trucking companies are searching for drivers that have professional training, a strong job history and the type of experience that indicates a long-term fit. Veterans exceed these requirements and can help meet the growing demand for more professionally trained drivers.
Earning potential is a major consideration for commercial truck drivers. In the first year of a CDL driver job the average driver will make approximately $40,000. Many trucking drivers also get bonuses for safety records, distances traveled, and more.
Trucking Companies Are Hiring Veterans
You’ve served your country, now it’s time for us to give back. We participate in many of the GI Bill® programs and can work with you on establishing and using those hard-earned benefits towards your new career as a professional truck driver. Be sure to ask our VA Certifying Official for details on our veteran-specific programs.
Truck Driver Institute has 12 CDL Training locations throughout the U.S. You will train on late-model trucks and trailers. This ensures that we’ve got a facility close to you with quality, modern equipment available to train you.
Find Out More About Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Programs!
We know a big part of our job is to make sure you have the training and confidence to become a commercial truck driver. And, a very big part of our job is to help you find a carrier where you can put those new skills to work. At Truck Driver Institute, we have the resources and experience to do just that — we have been putting America to work since 1973. Contact us today.