Prime Inc. has introduced its Military Fast Track Program, an advertising campaign and recruitment initiative designed to help military personnel transition into the civilian labor market. According to Prime, there are an estimated 844,000 veterans currently unemployed, including 252,000 post-9/11 veterans.
The new program, launched in Fort Bragg, NC, is part of an incentive to help increase veteran employment opportunities following the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012 and signed into law last year. The legislation makes it easier for veterans to get their CDL license by allowing states to waive residency requirements and issue CDLs in conjunction with the Dept. of Defense.
“We have a lot of soldiers and service members looking for gainful employment, but they don’t know what they are going to do. The trucking industry has always been a good place for military personnel,” Benjamin Abel, military spokesman for Fort Bragg Military Base, said. “There is a national need for transportation workers and we have several thousand veterans who separate from this base each year who need employment.”
“With the Prime Inc. Military Fast Track Program, veterans have more incentives and career opportunity. They have access to free professional training, shortened contracts, opportunities to become independent contractors and more,” John Hancock, Director of Recruitment and Driving Training said. “Since training is free, veterans can also use their G.I. bill to pay for a college degree. In partnership with Bethel University, Prime’s online Success Scholars Program allow veterans and their dependents to take college classes at a deep discount, from their truck or at home.”