Veterans: Getting Your CDL is Easier than You Think

veteran cdl waiverIn honor of Veterans Day 2018, we first want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the men and women of the US military both past and present. Your sacrifices are what have defined and retained our great country’s freedoms since its start.  Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do.


For military members that have concluded their active service and are now looking to transition into a civilian career, it’s often a difficult road. However, new laws are paving the way to make it easier than ever for military veterans to get their CDL, and start a career in trucking.


New “Even Exchange” Policy in Wisconsin

In early October, Wisconsin announced a policy that allows military veterans to waive the knowledge portion of their civilian CDL test, and rely on their military experience instead. Coined as “even exchange,” this written test waiver aims to make it faster and easier for veterans to immediately enter the workforce.


Transitioning from Military to Trucking

Loyalty, honor, and self-discipline are all necessary traits of a commercial truck driver. It’s why trucking companies often seek out military veterans. But there’s also a familiar benefit for the veterans.

military veteran to truck driver

Beyond the benefit of getting a job, many veterans have discovered that the lifestyle of operating a big-rig is a lot like their time in uniform. Just as the military provided a way to see the world, trucking provides a chance to see the country which they fought to defend. And while trucking does take drivers away from home for periods of time, it is often significantly shorter than their time away during service. Many trucking companies offer generous home time options, sometimes as frequent as every weekend. And if you become an owner-operator that choice is largely up to you.

Lastly, trucking is a secure job with good pay (especially now as many companies are searching for dedicated drivers). The power of employment choice is in the hands of drivers, and it all starts with getting a civilian CDL.


What it takes for Military Members to get a CDL

While the new even exchange policy only applies to residents of Wisconsin, there is a CDL road skills test waiver in place at the national level. That policy still requires veterans to pass the written knowledge test, but they are not required to take the skills test. Below is an overview of the requirements for veterans with a military CDL to get their civilian CDL. Keep in mind that local state laws (like that of Wisconsin) may make it even easier for you to obtain your CDL.


CDL Skills Test Waiver Requirements

  • Military trucking driving experience of at least 2 years
  • Application within 1 year of discharge
  • Passing the written knowledge test
  • Possession of only 1 driver’s license within the past 2 years (other than military license). Also, your license may never have been suspended, revoked, or canceled
  • No offenses on your driving record such as alcohol or drugs, leaving scene of an accident, operating with a suspended license, or fatalities caused by negligence.
  • No serious traffic violations.


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If you’re a veteran with military truck driving experience, the first step to starting a career in trucking is to fill out the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver.


USCC is Committed to Military Veterans

While a day of celebration and gratitude for our veterans is a great start, our dedication to the prosperity of military veterans can’t end there.

That’s why US Cargo Control stays committed to veterans all year long by offering a 10% discount to all military veterans and their dependents.

From ratchet straps for everyday use to complete flatbed starter kits that will help get veterans geared up for their new career, USCC is proud to provide everyone with the cargo control equipment they need to keep moving forward.


Memorial Day 2018: Military Discount, Patriotic ways to Celebrate

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US Cargo Control appreciates and remembers the grit and bravery of all U.S. military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom.

That’s why US Cargo Control offers a site-wide 10% military discount to all current, former, retired, and disabled members and dependents of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserve. More on this later.

First and foremost, remember that this is a day of remembrance and recognition. There are many different things you can do on this holiday, but some are more patriotic and impactful than others.

Patriotic Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day  

It’s fine to have your barbecue and to enjoy some sunshine and watersports. But, also find some time to infuse remembrance and solidarity for these heroic men and women.

  1. Visit a war memorial or veteran’s cemetery in your town.
  2. Attend a local parade or event. Or, watch the National Memorial Day Parade online.
  3. Invite military families and veterans over to your barbecue.
  4. Fly an American flag. Keep it at half-mast until noon, then raise it to full mast for the remainder of Memorial Day.
  5. Be a part of the National Moment of Remembrance. The president will issue a prayer for peace followed by a silent moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. 

Continuing Military Discount at US Cargo Control 

Remember, the USCC 10% military discount covers everything (excluding shipping) found on the USCC website, from ratchet straps and motorcycle tie downs to moving blanketschain, and more.

US Cargo Control has already discounted over 600 orders for military members and dependents! It’s just a small way to give back to the brave men and women of the United States military.

To all current, former, retired, and disabled heroes of the U.S. military, thank you for your service.