All You Need To Know About A Truck Driving Career After Military Service

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Every career field or job has its own challenges and it makes certain peculiar demands on the workers, testing their skills and endurance. However, a stint in the military service is probably the most challenging of all tasks. Life in the military service is not only marked by stress and trauma, but also by brief and long spells of monotony and excruciating loneliness.

This is why, when someone comes out of the military service, he looks for a career that is radically different from his earlier experience. The job of truck driving is something that requires the mettle of a long hard worker, while it offers the drivers the thrill of being on the move all the time, seeing new landscapes. It's like a permanent vacation. Such features of this job ideally suit the adventurous spirit and experience of a military man. No wonder, in recent years more and more people have been taking up driving career after their stints in the military service.

Major trucking companies prefer to employ drivers with the background of either military service or long stints at one job. People in the military service spend long spells away from home. They get used to spending time away from their wife and kids. A truck driver's job also involves long haul runs away from home. Naturally, anyone with a military background finds it easier to adjust to a life away from his own home. However, these days many trucking companies schedule their regional runs in such a way that most drivers are home at least one day in a week.

Potential truck drivers are increasingly lured to this career field to resolve the crisis arising out of an acute shortage of truck drivers throughout the US. Husbands and wives are invited to join as a couple teams of drivers. Similarly, after a driver completes a year with a company the latter promotes him as a mentor to other drivers. This helps the drivers to earn more money.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) suggest that a person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, if he/she has no loss of a foot, leg, hand, or arm, and has no impairment of a hand or finger interfering with apprehension or power grasping. If one has no impairment of an arm, foot, or leg interfering with the ability to perform normal tasks is associated with operating a commercial motor vehicle. Or if one has none other significant limb defect or limitation interfering with the ability to perform normal tasks is also associated with operating a commercial motor vehicle.

In case a person suffers loss of a foot, leg, hand or arm or whose limb impairment in any way interferes with the safe performance of normal tasks associated with operating a commercial motor vehicle is subject to the SPE Certification Program pursuant to Section 391.49, assuming the person is otherwise qualified.

Although FMCSRs allows the use of prosthetic devices for certain categories of physical impairment, restrictions may be included on individual SPE certificates, when a State Director for the FMCSA determines, they are necessary to be consistent with safety and public interest.

A retired military person thinking of taking up the career of truck driving should check out with the concerned state government officials for other probable regulations in his/her own state.

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