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- Does my military-issued truck driver’s license transfer to a state CDL?
- What documentation do I need from my command to qualify for a license waiver program?
- What can I be doing now while on base to get ready for a civilian
- What will make me most marketable once I get out of the service?
- Will my education benefits pay for CDL School?
- Is there a qualified school that accepts military training benefits near where I am stationed or near where I want to live after release from military obligation?
- What if I no longer have military education benefits? Which employers will reimburse me my education costs?
- What endorsements should I get?
- What is the job market like? Which employers are hiring drivers right out of driving school?
- Can I connect with an employer before I get my CDL Class A license?
FACT: There is a truck driver shortage
U.S. trucking companies may face a 30 percent surge in wage costs by 2014 as rising demand for freight shipments threatens to push the industry’s driver shortage to the longest on record. Even with numerous truck driving schools to hire from, a shrinking pool of drivers is putting wage pressure on Idaho’s trucking companies.
“Throughout this past year, we were down quite a few drivers,” said Jason Andrus, chairman of the Idaho Trucking Association and chief financial officer of Doug Andrus Distributing in Idaho Falls. “We’ve filled those positions now, but it’s just taking a lot more effort to keep those trucks with drivers in them. The current national shortfall will double in a year to about 300,000 full-time positions, or 10 percent of the workforce, said Noel Perry, managing director at consultant FTR Associates in Nashville, Ind.
– Bloomberg News and Statesman staff – Idaho Statesman
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