Every day, hundreds of people finish their term with the military and begin their transition back into civilian life. Although this may seem like a relief, for many, civilian life can be more stressful than the military. A majority of this stress comes from needing to find a job. Although our servicemen and women come out with great training, that training does not always translate to a job or career.
There are many career paths for Veterans and countless companies in every industry that are looking to hire veterans. However, just because companies may be able to help Veterans find jobs does not mean that those jobs are the right fit for someone straight out the military.
Trucking is one of the best industries for recent Veterans.
First, the transportation industry is always searching for truck drivers; it is estimated that the industry is in need of nearly 40,000 drivers and that is projected to rise. There are many factors that contribute to this high number, but it means that new drivers will be in high demand for their entire career. This high driver demand gives drivers the ability to find the best company for them and to get better pay and benefits.
Second, Veterans “fit” in with the culture of trucking. They have the work ethic required for the job and they get the respect and recognition they deserve. Furthermore, trucking is a structured job with clear objectives that must be accomplished. Even though being a driver can seem like a solo job, there are so many moving parts involved in the process; the communication and teamwork that is taught in the military directly translates into this job. 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. Last but not least, 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.