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Servicemen, women get leg up on trucking with new military CDL law

With the Military CDL Act of 2012, military personnel in active duty, active Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Guard and military reserves will be able to get CDLs in the areas where they are stationed, whether or not they are permanent and residents of the state.

The Trucker News Services

10/22/2012

An act to make it easier for military personnel to obtain CDLs and find employment once they leave the service was signed into law Friday.

According to the Truckload Carriers Association, there are some 200,000 long-haul CDL jobs available across the country, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that more than 300,000 commercial driver jobs are expected to be created by 2020.

The new law allows military personnel to obtain CDLs in the states where they’re stationed.

Previously, states couldn’t issue CDLs to individuals who did not reside there. In most cases, military personnel get their vehicle training at the locations where they are stationed rather than their state of residence.

With the Military CDL Act of 2012, military personnel in active duty, active Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Guard and military reserves will be able to get CDLs in the areas where they are stationed, whether or not they are permanent and residents of the state.

Also with the new law, the Department of Defense will be able to reach agreement with states where it offers vehicle training to have active members of the military issued CDLs.

After leaving the military, veterans will be able to use their licenses for CDL jobs in other locations that have interstate agreements with the DoD.

OOIDA Executive Vice President, Todd Spencer, earlier thanked the House and Senate for passing the bill, saying that helping military personnel to transition into new roles by removing obstacles to CDL jobs is a step in the right direction, news sources reported.

The Teamsters applauded the President’s signing of the bill on Friday.

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