In an attempt to make it easier for active and reserve members of all US military branches to get a commercial driver's license (CDL), the Military Commercial Driver's License Act of 2012 was passed by Congress in September and signed by the president last month.

The old process made servicemen wait a year to gain residency where they're stationed before they could apply for a CDL. Now, rather than having to go back to their home states to complete the process, the new law lets them get a CDL faster and easier wherever they happen to be stationed. This is in addition to the Military CDL Skills Test Waiver, which substitutes two years of safe operation of "military equivalents of commercial vehicles" for the CDL skills test.


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      WhackyPlague
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good. Now fast-track medics to nursing and paramedic careers.
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      No brainer law passed. I applaud. Yes they need to find more job tracks that have a virtual seamless pass-through from military to civilian life.
      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why hasn't this already been a thing?!
        Ken
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Corey
        Agree. Sad to see that. A *year*, seriously?
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ken
          That has to do with individual state residency requirements.
          wilkegm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ken
          Which is why CDLs, and further Operators Permits need to be standardized accross the Country, even if you leave the individual State in charge of administration. In Germany, being able to get your CDL while serving compulsory military saervice, rather than compulsory civil service was the opportunity to get a CDL (or its German equivalent). Perhaps the Fed should authorize the Millitary to issue a 2 year CDL, which could then be converted to a state issued CDL, provided the operator has completed some amount of driving w/o incident.
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anything to help veterans get work after leaving. There isn't a big market for door gunners in the civilian market, so it's a tough transition for a lot of them.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now lets allow the field medics to be qualified(After some training on how to deal with kids) to be a school nurse.
        Ken
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        PAPER CUT!? Get back in class now! Move, move move!!!
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      OKAY where is my bradley
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I am not mistaken, the only operators to receive a CDL while in were the wrecker operators. Always seemed dumb that all the 7 ton drivers didn't get one too.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh great now we will have even more Psycho's with shellshock driving around & suddenly having flashbacks. US armed forces have the highest cases of rape within their own ranks,just watch the movie The Invisible War & see how your so called heros are nothing more than glorified scum.
        dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        And how long did you volunteer your ass in the military?
          whataricky
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dave
          Last time I checked, when you enlist in the military, you get a paycheck and benefits. I'm confused on the volunteering comment. I love these guys that "volunteer" for 4 years then think they are totally badass for fighting for my freedom.
          SpacemanSpiff
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dave
          @ricky The volunteering part comes from the fact that nobody is forcing these guys to sign up to put their lives on the line. Would it make you happy if we just quit paying them? After all what are they gonna spend money on while they're sitting in a tent in Afghanistan? See how many people would be willing to fight for your right to spew stupid trash on the internet then. BTW, I'm willing to bet that pretty much anybody (including the women) that volunteered for 4 years is probably a lot more of a badass than you, and would hopefully kick your ass if you said that to their face.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        You can think all you want about the military, but don't act like every single one of them does it.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Vanos, it's because of the brave sacrifice of those veterans, and the ones that came before them, that you're free to write such garbage. Stick it up your a$$.
        Just Stuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Punks like you make me sick. There is good and bad personnel in every organization. I served for 13 years before leaving for civilian life and I met more people I would want to associate in the military than in civilian life. You probably couldn't make it through boot camp. Just remember, if it wasn't for military personnel, you wouldn't be speaking english and have the freedoms you do now.
      Mallthus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recruiter: "You'll learn valuable skills in the military." Real World: "But you won't be allowed to use those skills."
        Soccer Mom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mallthus
        The more honest message on the application form should have been: You'll learn valuable skills in the military* that will help you to advance in your future, post-military career. *Not recognizable as civilian equivalent.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad. Just because of this though... "omg best prezident eva!" attitude swarms all idiots across the country and the world.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not so sure this is such a good idea. Veterans who have been driving convoys in Iraq or Afghanistan, are probably on edge having to look out for IED's while they were driving. Their mindset is all about getting out of trouble, and not about minimizing civillian casualties. They will crash their way through civillian cars to get out of trouble. At the very least, we should let them have a year to acclimate back in civillian life before letting them drive commercial trucks.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      No objection.
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