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Military Vets Could be Answer to Truck Driver Shortage

Dec
9,
2010
5
From Iraq to Trucking

From Iraq to Trucking

With much of the industry talking about a truck driver shortage due to the impending CSA release, any such shortage is the direct result of former and past practices by the industry itself.   Practices that we have pointed out on many occasions, such as poor training by many of the CDL schools, over exaggerated claims by trucking recruiters and the constant revolving door with new CDL drivers in order for the schools and companies to keep the government grants and voucher money coming in.  If a truck driver shortage truly is looming on the horizon, it can only be due to the abusive nature of the industry toward its drivers.

Further regulations will only add to this self-made problem.  New medical standards will be an attempt to weed out older veteran drivers and the entire industry is now being set up to bring in only the youngest and healthiest of road warriors.  We are hearing from many older, experienced truck drivers who are being terminated or denied employment for small, minute reasons that before, never would have been a concern for the industry.

The youngest and fittest of us all, are our men and women of the U.S. military.  With many of our military veterans coming to the end of their enlistment, Troops2Truckers is preparing our vets for life after the military.  One way they are doing this, is offering a no cost program for CDL training and getting them ready for a life on the road as a civilian.

Currently, Troops2Truckers is offering their CDL training program at the USMC base in Camp Pendleton, California.  The cost of training is paid for through a 100% tuition program and they are under contract with many transportation and logistic companies.  Apparently they understand the industry problem with so many of the CDL schools across the country.  Their website states:  “The main difference between T2T and a truck driving school is our output – we deliver jobs . . . trucking schools deliver diplomas.”

We have been voicing the problems within the trucking industry for quite a few years now, and many have finally stepped up and are admitting that these problems do in fact, exist.  Although there are many good CDL training schools across the country, overall, the majority of trucking professionals know that one of the major abuses of the industry is the CDL training programs.  Students who have graduated as long as a year before, still find themselves sitting at home, with no job and a useless CDL license.  The school however, received their money from the unsuspecting CDL student.

Troops2Truckers state that they have the ability to provide a job after training, under no obligation for the student and no contract to sign.  Our military vets often need help transitioning back into civilian life.  They deserve our help.

Problems still remain such as low pay, poor miles, truck leasing programs that are designed to fail, strict no idling policies, no APU units, no pay waiting time and of course, the self inflicted turning over of drivers for government grant money.   I only hope that the trucking companies who hire these vets will treat them with the respect they deserve and offer viable employment, and not give them the treatment that many of our veteran truck drivers have experienced within the industry.

© 2010, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Allen Smith and Allen Smith, WomenTruckers. WomenTruckers said: Troops to truckers….US military is offering CDL training for future civilian jobs. Are these our new truckers? http://fb.me/Oa1BsHxT […]

  2. George or RolloverRiderPGR

    This is just so nice. They serve and now someone is going to train them and put them with one of the many BFI (Bottom Feeder Incs) that trucking has to offer! WHY would you bring these heros in from a war and train them and put them into this cesspool called trucking? All the lies about pay being down and freight rates depressed is total bull and most of us that are getting thrown under the bus know this! I pray that these warriors stay in and take the retirement then come out at the ripe old age of 39 to 40 something THEN decide after researching trucking through some of the many trucking forums on the internet just where trucking is and what to expect drom this pit hole of a job! Thank Gos you are not charging them for this “training” I also want you men and women in the military ti know DO NOT WASTE your GI Bill on ANY truck driving school or mill! Use it for a REAL school that actually gives you a diploma worth the paper it’s written on! This from a 1970’s era Army sp4!

  3. Allen Smith

    I guess it is still better than coming home and finding yourself homeless, which many Iraqi veterans are discovering, based on recent news reports.

  4. Allen Smith

    The heat and air work while truck is idling or with an APU…Some states do not allow idling and some companies allow limited idling. Before you sign on, ask them if the truck has an APU and what theri idling policies are.

  5. pete

    my sentiments exactly. bravo-o-o-o-o-o!

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