The nomination period for the fourth annual Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence recognition program for the top rookie military veteran truck driver is now open.
The program – put on by Kenworth, Fastport and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative – is open to drivers who meet the following criteria:
- Have been active military or members of the National Guard or Reserve
- Graduated from a Professional Truck Driver Institute-certified, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, or Commercial Vehicle Training Association member driver training school with a valid CDL
- Employed by a trucking company that has made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on the Trucking Track Mentoring Program website
- First hired in a trucking position between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019
Kenworth will again provide the winner with a brand-new truck – a Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch sleeper, Paccar MX-13 engine, Paccar 12-speed automated transmission and Paccar 40K tandem rear axles.
“We urge fleets in America to nominate their best drivers who have served to protect our country, and we encourage those transitioning from military service to consider the trucking industry as their future career,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.
The nomination period began March 19 and will be open through June 25. Full criteria and online nomination forms can be found here.