The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is accepting applications for a pilot program that allows 18-20-year-olds who posses the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial drivers license to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.
"This program will help our country's Veterans and Reservists transition into good-paying jobs while addressing the shortage of truck drivers in our country," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The pilot will run up to three years and safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.
"We are excited to launch this program to help the brave men and women who serve our country explore employment opportunities in the commercial motor vehicle industry. With the nation's economy reaching new heights, the trucking industry continues to need drivers and have job openings," says FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. "We encourage Veterans and Reservists to apply and learn more about this exciting new program."