In Support of the FMCSA’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program

Nov 11, 2014

Thomas J. Harris
Vice President, Safety and Human Resources
First Transit and First Vehicle Services

Before leaving her leadership post at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Anne Ferro said that reducing the burden of finding civilian jobs is one of the best ways we can thank U.S. military members for their service to the nation.

At First Transit, we wholeheartedly agree. That’s why we’re proud to support the FMCSA’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program.

We commend the FMCSA for its recent decision to expand the program that grants state licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) application for active duty or newly separated veterans, provided they possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus.

To increase opportunities stemming from the program, the FMCSA has extended the eligibility period for qualified veterans to obtain a skills test waiver from 90 days to one full year, nationwide.

Ms. Ferro said this change means that service members “who have clocked countless miles safely working behind the wheel of a military vehicle” will now have more time and opportunity to find long-term employment in the commercial driving industry.

In our view, that’s a good thing.

 Waiving the skills test expedites the CDL application process and reduces expenses for vets. Across the country to date, more than 6,000 current and former military personnel, including Reserves, National Guard and members of the U.S. Coast Guard, have taken advantage of the waiver program.

Here at First Transit and First Vehicle Services, we are fortunate to have among our employees many talented men and women who chose to join our organization after first serving our country.

These veterans came from all walks of life, but share a common set of character traits. They have all demonstrated their courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.

They have brought these qualities – this same strength of character  –  to First Transit and First Vehicle Services. Our veterans have shared with First Transit and First Vehicle Services the skills and disciplines acquired through military service. They add considerably to our high standards for service and safety.

These men and women help carry out the First Transit and First Vehicle Services Vision of “keeping people moving and communities prospering.”

We invite our military veterans – and others as well – who would like to learn more about careers at First Transit or First Vehicles Services, to visit the Careers section of our website.