Veterans CDL News

Transitioning Military Experience to the Trucking Industry

Oct 31, 2018

 

The trucking industry has long been an excellent choice of a career for service members once settling back into civilian life. Trucking companies are very welcoming to military members who need training and a new career after they have completed their service to our country.

The trucking industry will continue to need more and more workers as time moves forward and the consumer demand in the industry grows. Hiring military veterans is a great option for trucking companies because several skills needed for the job are already ingrained for the new hire. Being a military veteran can also provide some valuable bonuses when joining the trucking industry.

Joining the Military Skills Test (AKA Road Test) Program:

The Military Skills Test Program allows for any military personnel to skip the road test as long as they have been in the service for 2 years and used military vehicles during that time. The waiver to participate in this program is now available in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia. Many of these veterans who are interested in driving a “big rig” when they get home have worked driving big military tanks and vehicles in the past. Their training will cross well into the trucking industry and into driving large loads of goods to their destinations.

Since the Military Skills Test (AKA Road Test) Program has been implemented the number of military members who have joined the trucking industry since 2014 has continued to increase.

How Do These Military Skills Test Waivers Work?

Soldiers who are eligible for this program have at least two (2) years of safety experience driving heavy duty military machinery or equipment. The eligibility time frame has been extended for one more year nationwide. Veterans with a Skills Performance Evaluation (SPE) who are missing at least one limb will have their SPE will also be treated as an equal to the FMCSA issued SPE.

When soldiers come home, the trucking industry is glad to offer them steady, long-term employment. This is one of the greatest ways we can pay back the men and women who have given so much to our country.

How Do I Know If I Qualify For a Skills Test Waiver?

Those seeking a Skills Test Waiver must have the forms submitted within 12 months of their discharge from their service with the US Military. The Skills Test Waiver exempts the person from the road test part of the CDL but the written tests with the Department of Motor Vehicles still has to be taken.

The following questions will be asked to determine if you are eligible for a Skills Test Waiver. It’s in your best interest to answer all of these questions honestly to ensure that your Skills Test Waiver is accepted and that you are a candidate for long-term employment. The following are a small sampling of some of the questions you will be asked:

  • Have you ever been convicted of being under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance?
  • Have you ever had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or higher while driving a commercial vehicle?
  • Have you ever been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident?
  • Have you ever been convicted of using any type of motor vehicle to commit a felony?
  • Have you ever been convicted of causing a fatality while driving a CMV?

These are just a few of the questions you will be asked when you fill out your Skills Test Waiver. If you pass the Skills Test Waiver you will not have to take the road skills part of the test to get your CDL. You will be one step closer to a secure, lifelong job that you will love and you have a peace of mind knowing that your job is secure and you will have a future way to provide for your family! It’s the least the trucking industry can do to thank you for your dedication and service to our great nation!

If you are ready to get started with your new truck driving career, contact Georgia Driving Academy. We are ready to help you get on the road with your new CDL license. GDA provides both Class A and Class B CDL training in Conyers and Columbus, GA.

Military Veterans Finding New Career in Truck Driving

Nov 2, 2017

 

Several members of our military come out of the service and face a very critical decision when deciding what they will do for the rest of their career. While their options are quite numerous, many veterans choose to go into the trucking industry.

What is Driving Military Veterans to the Trucking Industry?

Many trucking companies are proud to support both Active and Retired Military Members. Both companies and schools help Veterans receive the training they need to begin their new career in trucking. Georgia Driving Academy is no exception and is proud to participate in Military Veteran Programs.

GDA is honored to say we fully participate in Veteran Tuition Assistance Programs. These programs provide financial assistance to both Active and Retired Military men and women. By training in high-demand fields, Veterans can have a quality job after returning home from their years of service. These grant programs help train and place Military Veterans in high-quality jobs that offer both benefits and competitive pay.

Military grants help not only those who have served, but also their spouse and families. In return, these individuals can now have a quality career and make the money needed to live comfortably with their families.

Georgia Driving Academy is proud to participate in: Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB), Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (DEA), Military Spouse Career Advance Accounts (MyCAA).

Contact us today for more information about Veteran Assistance Programs offered to our Active Military Personnel and Veterans. GDA offers both Class A and Class B CDL Training in Conyers and Columbus, GA. Students can also choose to take their first three weeks of training, online!

Featured October CDL Grads Weatherspoon and Butler

Oct 27, 2016

 

Check out our featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

Featured Georgia Driving Academy October Graduates

GDA Grad Marlan Weatherspoon

GDA Grad Marlan Weatherspoon

Marlan Weatherspoon recently completed the Class A CDL program at Georgia Driving Academy – Conyers. When looking for a new career, Marlan decided to turn to truck driving because he had friends and family in the industry. He chose to GDA because it was close to home at an affordable price. His favorite part about training was getting the chance to hit the road and drive the trucks. He looks forward to driving for Western Express in the near future! Congratulations, Marlan and good luck on the road!

GDA Grad Dexter Butler

GDA Grad Dexter Butler

Dexter Butler recently graduated from the Georgia Driving Academy – Conyers campus. Dexter has always loved traveling and seeing new places, so truck driving school provided the perfect opportunity to do just that! When friends spoke highly of Georgia Driving Academy, he decided to enroll. His favorite part of training was the new friends he met during training. Congratulations, Dexter! Good luck on the road!

GDA Grads Tatum, Hite, Boyd and Childress

Nov 30, 2015

 

Here are some of Georgia Driving Academy’s featured graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Ben Tatum

GDA Grad Ben Tatum

Georgia Driving Academy Columbus campus student Ben Tatum graduated last week from the Class A CDL Training Program. After serving in the Army, Ben was looking to transition in careers and had heard about the Veteran’s Training Assistance offered at GDA. His favorite part about training at Georgia Driving Academy was learning how to back up a semi. Ben looks forward to attending orientation with TMC.

GDA Grad Richard Hite

GDA Grad Richard Hite

Georgia Driving Academy Columbus Campus student Richard Hite graduated last week from the Class A CDL Training Program. After serving in the Army, Richard was looking for a new career. He located GDA Training and was ready to begin training for his new career. His favorite part about training at Georgia Driving Academy was driving over the road with his classmates. Richard looks forward to attending orientation with U.S Xpress.

GDA Grad Latisa Boyd

GDA Grad Latisa Boyd

Georgia Driving Academy Columbus campus student Latisa Boyd graduated last week from the Class A CDL Training Program. Latisa was looking for a career where she could get paid to travel and see the world. She talked with friends who recommended she attend GDA. Her favorite part about training at Georgia Driving Academy was learning all the important maneuvers. Latisa looks forward to driving for U.S Xpress.

GDA Grad Darius Childress

GDA Grad Darius Childress

Georgia Driving Academy Columbus campus student Darius Childress graduated last week from the Class A CDL Training Program. After serving in the Army, Darius was looking for a new job opportunity that would help him support his family. He chose to train at GDA after talking with friends who had graduated from the school. His favorite part about training at Georgia Driving Academy was on the road training from the instructors. Darius looks forward to attending orientation with TMC.

Were You at the Columbus Job Fair? We Were!

Oct 6, 2015

 

GDA Recruiters

The 12th annual Career Expo in Columbus was a well-attended event, drawing a crowd of over 2,600 either seeking a job, looking for information about employers or touching base with educational and job-training institutions to see what direction their career paths need to take.

Out of 90 companies and organizations looking to hire, Georgia Driving Academy attended with two of our recruiters, John and Zipporah. Click here to read the article featuring a quote from Zipporah!

Ready to take the next step towards a career in the truck driving industry? The right training makes all the difference. Learn how GDA can help you fulfill your career goals by filling out the form on the right!