As we mentioned in the first part of this blog series, the United States military is reducing their numbers drastically. Thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines will be hanging up their uniforms and looking to enter the workforce in one capacity or another. To lend some perspective, the active Army alone is reducing their current numbers from 513,000 to 490,000 by the end of 2015 and is projected to drop to 450,000 by the end of 2017. All these individuals will be looking to enter the civilian workforce or go to school. By leveraging their benefits: GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance, Tuition Waivers, Grants, etc., most veterans can obtain an education or a certification and start a new career with little to no out of pocket expenses. The ability to begin a new career makes the transition to civilian life that much simpler.
When a service member is about to ETS (expiration – term of service), it is required they go through several career counselors, job fairs, and also explore options within the military as a retention effort. During this process they decide what career path they want to pursue, what special training or degree they will need, and if they can use their military training in a career?
Veterans often look to industries that have equal salary and benefits to that of the Military. Many industries aim to help transitioning Veterans, and the transportation industry is among the highest of recent Veteran hiring. The transportation industry has many moving parts with nearly unlimited job opportunities that these qualified men and women can step into with the right training. A career in transportation also offers comparable income potential and excellent benefits. In fact, military CDL holders can complete a waiver to receive a state issued Commercial Driver’s License, allowing them to easily transition into a truck driving career.
At Melton Truck Lines, we strive to meet the needs of our drivers and offer challenging roles and excellent opportunities for our veterans. Approximately 30% of our employees, both drivers and support staff, have served prior active duty military or are currently serving in the Reserves or National Guard. In April 2015, Melton was awarded the “Outstanding Oklahoma Award” in recognition for our dedicated service and commitment to Oklahoma Veterans by the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency. Melton President, Bob Peterson said, “I am proud of our service men and women. We found that Veterans fit into our company culture easily because they value teamwork, discipline, loyalty and love of adventure. We share those core values and look forward to extending this quality training to our nation’s Veterans as they pursue their next career.” To learn more about Melton’s career opportunities for Veterans, please visit our website.