Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Monday, June 17, 2019, that they are accepting applications for a pilot program to permit younger drivers between the ages of 18 to 21 with the U.S. Military’s equivalent of a commercial drivers license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.
During the pilot program, which is set to run for 3 years, the safety records of these younger drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.
“This program will help our country’s Veterans and Reservists transition into good-paying jobs while addressing the shortage of truck drivers in our country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“We are excited to launch this program to help the brave men and women who serve our country explore employment opportunities in the commercial motor vehicle industry. With the nation’s economy reaching new heights, the trucking industry continues to need drivers and have job openings. We encourage Veterans and Reservists to apply and to learn more about this exciting new program,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/under21pilot/under-21-pilot-program
For complete information on USDOT’s Veteran transitions programs into the civilian careers, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/veteranstransportationcareers