Insights - March/April 2017 - 23
FMCSA Aids Military Drivers
in Transition to CDL
he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working with the Department of Defense
and its service branches to assist both current and former military personnel who seek to
become commercial truck and bus drivers. FMCSA and DOD are working to streamline the transition
between the two worlds, consistent with the agency's commitment to safety.
That's the key message
from Selden Fritschner with the
Commercial Driver's License Division
for the agency. He outlined multiple
methods FMCSA employs toward
helping soldiers, sailors, Marines,
airmen and National Guard and
reserve personnel to become civilian
truck and bus drivers.
FMCSA's role includes steps such
as working with the Department of
Labor, the lead entity in federal workforce development. (See related article, page 21.)
DOL offers apprenticeship programs backed by $50 million
in funding. Because that money can be used to train commercial
drivers as well as for other positions, Fritschner emphasized the
importance of fleets' involvement.
"It is well worth motor carriers' time and effort to visit with
the Department of Labor," he said, as well as contacting veterans'
groups and state trucking associations.
Motor carriers can help themselves by being attuned to the
qualities of military personnel, Fritschner said.
'Quality Men and Women'
"These are quality men and women," he said. "This is what
they are doing for a living. They respect authority, are dependable, are drug free, know the importance of taking proper care of
their equipment - and have done so under all sorts of weather
and road conditions. These are all things you expect of a military
person and represent the clear value they'd bring as a civilian
"Our focus is to make sure the military truck or bus operator
closely with all of the military branches to make sure their training
and testing meets or exceeds our requirements at FMCSA."
Fritschner noted several recent innovations spearheaded by
FMCSA to address the differences between military and civilian
heavy vehicle driving credentials.
March/April 2017 | Intermodal Insights