Over two years ago, Marine Corps Veteran and J.B. Hunt truck driver Jose found himself transitioning out of the service and looking for a civilian career to support his family. As an experienced truck driving Marine, a civilian job in transportation seemed to be a natural fit and with the Hunt’s Heroes Finisher Program, Jose transitioned smoothly.
Jose credits his four years of military experience and learned skills in helping him shift into a civilian career as a driver. “I can drive in tight places with no anxiety. We had to drive in similar scenarios in other countries. I have patience in traffic and with people driving recklessly. And safety – in the military, we always looked over our truck, check if tires are flat, a head light is out,” he said. “Those rules are applied in the civilian world on the road and in the yard before you get into the truck.”
Through a simple online inquiry and phone conversation with the J.B. Hunt military hiring team, Jose learned more about the company’s Veteran hiring culture and their Finisher Program. He said he was a bit skeptical about driving for J.B. Hunt as he would need to drive a manual; he only drove automatic in the military. “They told me about the program and the process of learning how to drive manual. They made me feel comfortable and the trainer taught me too. It definitely helped me out,” he said with gratitude.
The Hunt’s Heroes Apprenticeship’s Finisher Program places service members, who have experience driving heavy equipment, on a fast track to a civilian career in truck driving. Many receive waivers to obtain their CDL A quickly and then undergo a few weeks of schooling and behind-the-wheel training through the program.
In addition, J.B. Hunt also works with qualifying service members, such as Jose, to obtain their GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments from the VA - an educational benefit paid to them in addition to their paycheck- to help ease their transition further. “It’s helped me live comfortably by supporting my family,” Jose explained.
Jose's Account Manager, Michael, appreciates the ambitious Hunt's Heroes driver who joined his team. "Jose is a hardworking individual and we are very happy that he decided to join the company after the military. He comes to work every day when he is scheduled to and gives us a max effort when he is here. The military trains and shapes individuals to be hard working and need-to-get-the-job-done kind of people. That is Jose," he said.
Although Michael and other management remind Jose that he’s “the best runner they got,” he doesn’t think it’s anything more than being disciplined and doing his job, like the military taught him. “We have a mission. We have to get things done,” Jose emphasized.