Job Family: Transportation, Supply, and Logistics Vehicle Drivers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | National Guard

Photo 1: Driver prepares to start engine. Photo 2:
Driver looks behind the vehicle.

Short Description
The military uses numerous vehicles to transport its troops, equipment, and supplies. Together, the services own and operate about 50,000 heavy trucks and buses. Vehicle drivers operate all types of heavy military vehicles. They drive fuel or water tank trucks, semi-tractor trailers, heavy troop transports, and passenger buses.

What They Do
Vehicle drivers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Read travel instructions to determine travel routes, arrival dates, and types of cargo
  • Make sure vehicles are loaded properly
  • Check oil, fuel and other fluid levels, and tire pressure
  • Drive vehicles over all types of roads, traveling alone or in convoys
  • Keep records of mileage driven and fuel and oil used
  • Wash vehicles and perform routine maintenance and repairs

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school courses include driver education. Helpful attributes include:
  • Interest in driving
  • Interest in mechanics

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in driving heavy military vehicles. Course content typically includes:
  • Accident prevention
  • Safety check procedures
  • International road signs
  • Basic vehicle maintenance

Work Environment
Vehicle driving involves long periods of sitting.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian vehicle drivers work for trucking companies, moving companies, bus companies, and businesses with their own delivery fleets. They perform duties similar to military vehicle drivers. They may specialize as tractor-trailer truck drivers, tank truck drivers, heavy truck drivers, or bus drivers.

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