ABF Freight, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the U.S. Army recently announced the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP), a joint training program to help soldiers transition from military service to civilian careers as professional truck drivers.
Known as the , the initiative was jointly announced at the Pentagon with a proclamation by Tim Thorne, , James P. Hoffa, Teamsters general president, and Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army deputy chief of staff G-1.
“ABF Freight and the Teamsters have worked as partners for over 50 years,” said Tim Thorne, ABF Freight president. “As a veteran who understands the needs of transitioning soldiers, I am proud our company can serve as a resource for future veterans to exit with a clear path to a new career.”
Through TMAP, qualifying soldiers will receive training to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and Hazardous Material Certification. Experienced ABF Freight professional drivers will provide a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on driving training during the soldiers’ final weeks of enlistment.
“During this program, if soldiers provide the will to succeed, then our team will teach them the skill to not only meet but exceed certification requirements,” Thorne said.