U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is pushing the Under 21 Military Driver Pilot Program. There is a new webpage which has been launched to help attract drivers to participating carriers because, according to Chao, “our country has a shortage of truck drivers.”
The Under 21 Military Driver Pilot Program isn’t new. In fact, it’s such old news that the FMCSA has already had enough time to figure out that the pilot program is fundamentally flawed. It turns out that it’s hard to find 600 drivers to take part in the program who meet the qualifications. Those qualifications include being trained to operate comparable machinery in the U.S. Military, having been honorably discharged or currently enlisted, and being between 18 and 20 years old.
Yet that lack of qualified candidates isn’t stopping Secretary Chao from pushing for armed forces veterans to go and drive for one of the nine carriers who are taking part in the program. Those carriers include Prime, Total Transportation, and Werner.
“Our country has a shortage of truck drivers,” said Chao in a press release put out by the FMCSA. “This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying jobs safely operating commercial vehicles across the country.”