Trucking Jobs for Veterans at Ryder
Ryder has OTR trucking jobs for military veterans. Find out how easy it is to get your CDL using your military experience.
Are you an active duty truck driver, with a military truck driver license, who is thinking about a civilian career as an OTR driver (Army MOS 88M and USMC MOS 3531)? This short informational guide is intended to help you prepare for the transition. Once you are ready, we invite you to explore Ryder’s many driving opportunities across the country.
Different companies require different levels of experience. At Ryder, we require 9 months of verifiable experience for all of our OTR Driver jobs. We can use your DD-214 (provided one of the primary job duties listed is truck driver) or an Equipment Operator’s Qualification Record (such as a DA-348) to verify your experience.
You are required to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) prior to driving for a civilian trucking company. In the past, you were required to get your CDL in your state of residence. The newly signed ‘Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012’ will allow you to get your CDL in the state where you are stationed. If you are still serving on active duty, this change means that you can now get your CDL ahead of your separation date and find a civilian truck driving job by the time your EOAS date rolls around. All 50 states have reciprocity agreements that will allow you to transfer your CDL before you establish residency in the new state.
There are 2 components to the CDL: Knowledge Test (Written Exam) and Skills Test (Road Test). There are now over 28 states that waive the requirement for the Truck Driving Skills Test provided that you can show documentation of at least 2 years of experience in military equivalents of commercial motor vehicles. The Knowledge Test cannot be waived so you we have to prepare accordingly for this exam. There are CDL Handbooks available on the state sites to help you prepare for the exam.
There are specific licensing requirements for each state. However, in most states that have a Skills Test waiver, you can get a CDL within one visit to the state licensing agency.
Classes of License:
The Federal standard requires States to issue a CDL to drivers according to the following license classifications:
- Class A -- Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
- Class B -- Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.
- Class C -- Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.
Ryder requires a Class A CDL for most of our open truck driver positions.
LINKS TO RESOURCES
Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012:
Department of Transportation (DOT) CDL site:
DOT Military Waiver info:
Current status of the Military Skills Test Waiver by state:
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver:
Link to state licensing agencies:
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