April 15, 2008 2:00 PM, EDT

ATA, Army Reserve Launch Military-Civilian Partnership for Drivers

American Trucking Associations and the U.S. Army Reserve signed a recruiting partnership agreement they said will provide experienced truck drivers for the military and give career opportunities to truck drivers leaving the military.

The two groups will focus efforts on recruiting commercial vehicle drivers into the Army Reserve, and recruiting members of the Reserve and those transitioning from active duty to the Reserve into careers in the trucking industry.

“The men and women of the Armed Forces have all the motivation and tools necessary to move successfully from the military into many areas within our industry,” ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement. “Army Reservists are ideal candidates for America’s professional truck drivers.”

“The Army Reserve can offer qualified transportation professionals exciting opportunities to learn new skills, develop management and leadership abilities, excel in a high-stress climate and work in a team environment. I am proud that the ATA is partnering with the Army Reserve on this venture,” Graves said.

“I am honored to join the American Trucking Associations to form the first Motor Transport Military Civilian partnership,” said Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Commanding General of the Army Reserve Command. “This is a mutually beneficial relationship for the trucking industry and the Army Reserve. Together, we will build and sustain a strong, shared workforce.”

The agreement was signed Monday at ATA’s headquarters in Arlington, Va.