The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched a website to help 18- to 20-year-olds who have a U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license to find and apply for jobs with interstate trucking companies. The FMCSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“Our country has a shortage of truck drivers,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying jobs safely operating commercial vehicles across the country.”
The website features carriers throughout the United States that are looking to hire 18- to 20-year-old drivers as part of the FMCSA’s Under 21 Military Driver Pilot Program that was announced in June. Military reservists, National Guard, active duty or veterans who have the equivalent of a commercial driver’s license can use the website to find available jobs with participating carriers. Link here for the website.
FMCSA’s pilot program allows for a limited number of people between 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. The pilot program is expected to run for up to three years, and safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers to determine whether age is a critical safety factor.
“We are excited to offer this resource to help military service members find jobs in the trucking industry,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Jim Mullen. “With our country’s economy growing at record pace, we know motor carriers around the country are looking to hire skilled drivers. We encourage service members, National Guard and reservists to visit this online directory and look for a trucking job today.”