Virginia DMV 'Troops to Trucks' Program Puts Veterans to Work

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RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced on May 14th that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is joining forces with the military and transportation-related businesses to put former servicemen and women and National Guard and Reserves members to work in the transportation industry. Through the new Troops to Trucks program, DMV is making it easier for personnel trained by the military to operate heavy vehicles to obtain civilian commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). As a first step, DMV this week certified two military installations as third party testers to train more personnel to operate commercial motor vehicles. Working in partnership with trucking and bus companies, DMV is providing potential transportation-related employment opportunities for military members after service.

Speaking about the program, Governor McDonnell said, “The Commonwealth is an ideal place to launch Troops to Trucks. Virginia has approximately 823,000 veterans, 63,000 active-duty military and 20 major military installations. The goal of the Troops to Trucks program, a first in the nation, is to help provide employment opportunities to our military as truck or bus drivers, or in other transportation-related jobs after their service; and to members of the National Guard and Reservist even during their service.”

Governor McDonnell added, “The Troops to Trucks program is a comprehensive collaborative effort by government and the private sector to assist those individuals who have served and sacrificed for our great nation. We have a duty to ensure they have training and employment opportunities in the future.”

Effective July 1, 2012, DMV will utilize a new federal regulation to waive the road skills test requirement for military CDL holders two years immediately preceding their application with safe driving experience. These applicants will still need to take the DMV written exam. The road test waiver will streamline the CDL process for military personnel and eliminate the often burdensome requirement that an applicant provide a commercial motor vehicle for the skills test... Continue reading...