I got out of the service with a CDL in hand in 2012, PLUS 8 years of driving, which included some of the most dangerous driving conditions in Iraq where people were actively trying to kill us. And I don't mean cutting us off or hogging two lanes.
When I got out, I applied at 5 local companies. Some laughed off my experience and others just gave me a simple no.
Not only was there a 5 year experience required, but there was a waiting list for those jobs.
The hiring climate has changed a lot from just 10 years ago.