Soldiers Training To Be Professional Civilian Truck Drivers

Soldier Truck Drivers

                                                                                       Photo-James Robinson

By Robert Allen

A week ago, ten soldiers at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds got into big rigs to begin their new careers driving a commercial vehicle after their military service ends.

From A $130,000 federal grant brought Johnston Community College’s trucking program an hour’s drive down Interstate 95, from Smithfield to Fort Bragg.

The program offers soldiers and their spouses an on-post opportunity to get truck-driver training for careers after the Army.

Students in the Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course avoid eight weeks of commuting to Smithfield and don’t have to pay tuition, which usually is about $1,000.

Instead, they each pay $120 in state fees for their commercial driver licenses.

Military personnel that have driven trucks in the army do not have to take the class and can try to get their commercial driver licenses just by taking the state’s knowledge and driving tests.

Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driving Course

The course is 8 weeks of classroom and hands on training to prepare soldiers and spouses for a civilian truck driving career.

Fees: $120

Five sessions are available through next summer.

Orientation dates: Sept. 30, Dec. 16, Feb. 17, April 21 and June 23

Information: Johnston Community College, 800-691-2220 or [email protected]

Staff writer Paul Woolverton can be reached at [email protected] or 486-3512.

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