According to G.I. Jobs, which has recently released its list of the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers, trucking companies such as J.B. Hunt Transport Services (ranked #16), Schneider National (#18), and Werner Enterprises (#25) are all committed to hiring veterans because they possess the skills and characteristics that make dependable and reliable truck drivers.
Of course, the qualities that veterans bring to the table are desired by most employers, but truck driving is an industry that most military veterans can adapt to easily with the long hours on the road, the loneliness that is often times part of the job description, and the extended periods between seeing family and friends.
There is no question that veterans are at the top of the list of applicants we like to see come through. Trucking companies already know that men and women who have served in the military have been trained by our country's finest, and will definitely make some of the best employees. Even if they know nothing about driving a truck, veterans are easily taught the skills that make a fine truck driver. Trucking companies know that military veterans are dedicated to service, are able to consistently follow through with orders, and are likely to make truck driving a career & not just another job.
Trucking companies understand that military veterans make great truck drivers and have gone out of their way to make the truck driving positions desirable to veterans. Schneider National, which has made G.I. Jobs list for four years, offers extended benefits and differential pay for soldiers deployed 18 months, guaranteed home time for weekend drill and annual training, a quick-hire process, and nationwide opportunities throughout their network of offices, maintenance facilities, and operating centers. Schneider, like many other trucking companies who made the list, understands that hiring a veteran is a great move for the trucking company as a whole.
Trucking companies such as PAM Transport, are also great places for military veterans to get their start as a professional truck driver. Just like many other trucking companies, the Driver Solutions Network trucking companies know how important their truck drivers are (they’re the backbone of the company) and having truck drivers with previous military experience is always a plus.