Prime and Werner Among Carriers Offering Jobs to Under 21 Military Truckers
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Monday it has published a website in pursuit of assisting 18 to 20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) find and apply for jobs with interstate trucking companies.
In the announcement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said, “Our country has a shortage of truck drivers. This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying jobs safely operating commercial vehicles across the country.”
The FMCSA began accepting applications in June 2019 from those wishing to participate in the Under 21 Military Pilot Program established in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
The program will allow a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks in interstate commerce — provided they possess the military equivalent of a CDL and are sponsored by a participating trucking company.
During the pilot program, which is slated to run for up to three years, DOT officials say the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers to help determine whether age is a critical safety factor.
The new employment website features motor carriers throughout the country who are seeking to hire 18 to 20-year-old drivers as part of the program.
Notable carriers offering employment through the program include Prime Inc., Werner Enterprises, UPS Freight, May Trucking and Gully Transportation.
“We are excited to offer this resource to help military service members find jobs in the trucking industry,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Jim Mullen.
Mullen, who prior to launching his own consulting firm in 2016 served for more than a decade as the executive vice president and general counsel for Werner, added: “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.”
To learn more about the Under 21 Pilot Program and how to apply, click HERE.
To visit the new listing, click HERE.