Vehicle Drivers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Vehicle drivers in the Military operate a multitude of vehicles in direct support of mission requirements. They operate all-wheeled vehicles and equipment over varied terrain to transport personnel and cargo. Military vehicle drivers operate and perform preventive maintenance on light and heavy-duty vehicles such as buses, truck and semi-trailer combinations, forklifts, and wrecker/recovery vehicles.

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Work Environment

Vehicle driving involves long periods of sitting. These drivers must be able to perform their jobs in all types of terrain and weather conditions.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Truck Transportation
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  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Vehicle Drivers in the Military

21,889

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Salary

Average Salary

$50,743

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 55%
  • Less than high school 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 14%
  • Master's degree 5%
  • Some college 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Vehicle drivers in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience, including simulation and practice in driving heavy military vehicles. Job-specific training content may include: Accident preventionSafety check proceduresInternational road signsBasic vehicle maintenance

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Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Mechanical
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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