The transition out of the Military is challenging for Veterans. According to Stars and Stripes, nearly two-thirds of new veterans say they face a difficult time transitioning into civilian life. So for all of you veterans looking to make the transition, here are some tips:
- Start planning the day that you decide that you will no longer be reenlisting
- Prep for school (research programs, check deadlines, find out additional military benefits they may offer, ect.)
- Visit the DVA and VA to ensure all claims are handled properly
- Think about your next career (build a resume, network with others, and keep a positive attitude)
- Plan your next move
Transitioning into civilian life tends to be quite overwhelming for most, but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing a military-friendly company to work for can unload a large portion of stress. Job opportunities can be a challenge to find. Most jobs require college degrees or expert knowledge in the particular field; however, there is one career that remains in high demand, takes a few weeks of schooling, and pays well— Truck Driving. Truck driving is a great fit for those who are transitioning from civilian life. Veteran’s and Truck drivers hold many of the same values.
First of all, both maintain a strong work ethic and take pride in their work. They are individuals who are willing to go the extra mile to achieve a task or make sure a job is done correctly.
Secondly, veterans maintain effective communication skills and believe in teamwork. These two values play a vital role in the trucking world. Teamwork is a key factor in both the military and trucking environment. Although being a truck driver is perceived as a solo job, it takes a team effort to complete the assignment. Therefore, the job relies on clear and effective communication.
Another important correlation and perhaps the main reason we have the greatest military in the world—Pride! The military teaches men and women to be proud of their unit, branch, and (of course) the United States. Pride also has a definite role in the transportation industry, from being proud of the truck to the pride of knowing that trucks move nearly everything that people use daily.
Lastly, the military instills a keen knowledge of situations and how to react to certain scenarios properly. This is a vital part of trucking. Anyone can get in a truck and go down the road, but not everyone can do it safely. It takes patience, attention to detail, and a quick reaction time to drive an 80,000 pound machine safely.
When looking into trucking as a new career after military service, there are many things that should be considered. Begin by finding a truck driving school that will accept your GI Bill. Also, be sure to look for a company that is military friendly, especially one that is Military OJT (On-The-Job-Training) certified, and one that will work with your VA benefits to help supplement your income during the transition back into civilian life. Lastly, find a company that will give you the respect and recognition that you deserve as a veteran.
Melton Truck Lines, a premiere flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Oklahoma is currently searching for Veterans that are interested in driving for a stable company that truly cares about their drivers. Melton is a strong supporter or the United States armed forces. Over 30% of Melton employees are Veterans or reservists. At Melton, we help make the transition into civilian life as easy as possible. For more information on Melton’s military program please visit our website.