VETERAN TRUCK DRIVERS
Put your military driving experience to work in a lucrative new career at ACT. Our Traction Program can help get you on the road fast. And, we are an Approved Veterans Apprenticeship Program.
- Military veteran
- Valid Class A CDL
- Heavy-duty truck driving experience
MEET GARY SEMELKA
13 YEAR ARMY VETERAN
- MARRIED, FATHER OF 4
- DROVE ARMY TRUCK 13 YEARS
- 3 YEARS WITH ACT
- 1 YEAR AS ACT TRAINER
What kind of trucking experience have you had?
After that first company I worked for folded, I drove for about 5 ½ years as a truck driver with various other companies. Then, when September 11th happened, I decided to join the military. I was just struck by what had happened. I looked into getting into the Army. I knew I was in good enough shape and felt it was my duty. So, I became a Fuel Handler and drove fuel trucks and other heavy equipment as a 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist. I did this for 13 years until 2016, when I got out of the Army. I was discharged on a Friday in April, and three days later I was sitting in Kansas City at ACT!
“THEN, WHEN SEPTEMBER 11 HAPPENED, I DECIDED TO JOIN THE MILITARY.”
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO ACT?
About 6 or 7 months before I was due to get out, I started looking around at trucking companies. Diesel’s been in my blood my entire life, so I knew I wanted to get back behind the wheel. So, I did my research. Most companies wanted me to go back to truck driving school because of the 13 years I had been out of commercial driving. But ACT said they had a program that would let me go out with a trainer to get back up to speed on the new things that had come out since I was on the road.
HOW’S IT GOING NOW?
It’s great. It was easy to roll my experience into a civilian career. Having been in the military, I always had brothers and sister in arms who that I knew I could depend on, who would support you. And that’s what it’s like here at ACT. It’s a close-knit group where people take care of each other. Nobody is more than a phone call away. The camaraderie here is a lot like the service. In February of 2018, I went through training to become a trainer. I really enjoy that. I especially love it when I get a Vet, because I get to help somebody else transition over to civilian life. I’ve referred two other truck drivers who have also come to ACT, one former Army and one former Marine.
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE THINKING OF BECOMING A DRIVER?
I feel like any former service member already has the discipline needed to do this job well. It’s a good fit and ACT makes it really easy to get into a new career. And for someone like me, who also drove in the military, it’s even easier with the Reactivate Program. You’re used to the hours and the big equipment. Now, as a civilian driver, I like getting to drive for longer distances in a faster vehicle, without someone sitting in the right-hand seat.
- Medical insurance - Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Flex spending for medical & child care expenses
- Paid vacation
- 401(k) retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- AD&D insurance
- Long term disability
- Pet rider options
- Holiday pay
- Dental insurance
- Life insurance
- Short term disability
- Term life insurance
- Free rider authorization
- Minimum 22 years of age
- 9 months tractor-trailer experience with truck driving school or 18 months experience without school
- Have a stable verifiable work history
- No DUI or DWI convictions in the past 7 years and no felony conviction within the last 7 years
- No positive drug screens
- Have an acceptable driving record as shown by MVR
- No DOT preventable accidents in the past 18 months
- Have a valid Class A CDL
- Meet DOT requirements and be able to pass DOT physical and drug screen — both are paid by ACT
- Be able to perform functions in job description
ACT is headquartered in Missouri, just north of the river in Kansas City. With such a central location, we are able to hire from all over the midwestern United States. We are also able to get you home easily.