Many veterans have experience driving transport vehicles and trucks. For veterans interested in becoming drivers, it just makes sense to be the best qualified driver one can be. That may begin with a good driving school. Below are five truck driving schools for CDL licenses. Please note that tuition rates vary by program and location, so veterans should contact the company to verify the program cost.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Roadmaster Drivers School||Truck driving school||10 Locations||Approved for veteran education benefits, CDL Skills Test Waiver|
|Sage Truck Driving Schools||Truck driving school||More than 20 Locations||Veteran-owned; approved for veteran benefits; housing, job placement and tuition assistance, experience credit|
|Pam Transport Trucking School||Truck driving school||Tontitown, AR||Approved for veteran education benefits, job placement assistance, tuition assistance, Military Skills Test Waiver|
|United States Truck Driving School, Inc.||Truck driving school||Wheat Ridge, CO||Veteran tuition reimbursement up to $7,500, CDL Skills Test|
|Advance School of Driving||Truck driving school||Fontana, CA||Veteran's financial assistance|
Truck Driving Schools for Veterans
While attending truck driving school may not be an absolute requirement for veterans with trucking experience, many companies suggest that it is a good idea. A number of states allow experienced veterans to take a written test in order to get a CDL without school. But many companies prefer to hire veterans who have gone through the formal training. Plus, CDL truck driving school is a relatively short course, and it is paid for through military benefits, or even by a future employer.
Roadmaster Truck Driving Schools
Roadmaster works with veterans to help them realize the goal of becoming truck drivers. They are approved to accept Post 9/11 benefits. In addition, Roadmaster believes that veterans make good truck drivers who are highly respected because of the military 'get-it-done mindset'.
The Roadmaster website points out that it is expected that there will 175,000 vacancies in the trucking industry over the next ten years. That creates openings and opportunities for those in the trucking industry. Roadmaster has schools in Georgia, Ohio, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, and three in Florida.
Sage Truck Driving Schools
Sage is a veteran-owned school that offers veterans the opportunity to obtain a CDL license with the use of their veterans' education benefits. Housing and instruction are covered, and the school offers veterans help with job placement.
This school offers one-on-one training in the truck to help veterans get certified fast with high standards. They also work with trucking companies that accept veterans for apprenticeship programs, which can add over $1,000 per month to a newly licensed driver's income. Sage has experts on staff who are experienced with processing veterans' paperwork for benefits and educational assistance.
Pam Transport is a trucking and logistics company. They are the home of the 'Patriot Ride Fleet', which are boldly painted trucks celebrating the armed forces and driven by veterans. To bring more veterans into the company the Pam Trucking School offers one-month courses, with a job opportunity upon graduation.
Pam seeks to help veterans transition with their Honor Road program, which is a VA-approved OJT program designed to help launch truckers' careers. They also help veterans with extensive military driving experience to explore the use of the Military Skills Test Waiver to allow drivers in some states to obtain a CDL without having to attend school.
United States Truck Driving School, Inc.
This company helps veterans pay for their driving school with the use of veterans' educational benefits. They can also arrange for additional apprenticeship payments for veterans who qualify for this program. In addition, they work with veterans' dependents, and spouses.
This school can be good for both reservists and veterans who want to pursue trucking as a career. It is located in Colorado, with schools in both Denver and Colorado Springs. They offer CDL A and CDL B training, as well as test prep for CDL permits. Their veteran reimbursement program can return up to $7,500 of CDL training costs pay back to veterans who are hired by participating carriers.
Advance School of Driving
This school provides financial assistance to veterans and also works with veterans who have education benefits and/or driving experience. Advance can train veterans to be on the road in as little as three weeks. It also offers day, evening and weekend training courses. The flexible training schedules can be a benefit to those who may need to work during the week. This school has been in business 25 years and offers job placement opportunities.