NCDMV grant puts returning vets, military spouses in the driver's seat Monday, June 24, 2013

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Service members and their spouses returning from active duty will have a new road to take – as a qualified commercial truck driver - thanks to a federal grant administered by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, which will offer courses at reduced rates for prospective students.


The Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course is a series of six eight-week commercial truck driver training courses taught at Fort Bragg by faculty from the Johnston Community College Truck Driver Training Division.  A maximum of 16 returning soldiers and/or spouses will begin orientation for the first course August 5 at a training facility on post.


The Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course will provide classroom instruction and hands-on driving experience to current service members and their spouses. Instructors from JCCTDT will provide enhanced training that will help ensure safe highway operations.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has partnered with NCDMV to provide the program. Each student will be responsible for paying $120 in fees, that will include a $15 driving permit (due after completion of the knowledge and vision tests), a $30 commercial driver license application fee and, upon successful completion of the course, $75 for a five-year North Carolina CDL.


The following course prerequisites apply to all prospective students:


·         Ability to read, write and speak English

·         At least 18 years of age

·         Possess a valid North Carolina driver license and Social Security card

·         Obtain a US Department of Transportation medical examiner’s certificate within six months prior to start of class.

·         Obtain a valid North Carolina Class-A CDL learner permit.  Pass a written test at a local DMV office consisting of general knowledge, air brakes and combination vehicle tests. 

·         NCDMV will furnish an up-to-date driving record for each student. Any of the following violations within the previous four years will prohibit a person from entering the Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course:

o   Driving While Impaired (DWI)

o   Careless and Reckless Driving

o   Hit and Run

o   Refusal to take a Chemical Test


Prospective students will also be required to complete and submit a Johnston Community College Truck Driver Training Division application and pass a drug-screening.  Students will also be subject to random drug-screen testing during the class.


Interested service members and their spouses should contact Johnston Community College at 800-691-2220 or email as soon as possible to begin the enrollment process.


Course Dates:





August 5, 2013

August 19, 2013

October 11, 2013

September 30, 2013

October 21, 2013

December 13, 2013

December 16, 2013

January 6, 2014

February 28, 2014

February17, 2014

March 10, 2014*

May 2, 2014

April 21, 2014

May 12, 2014

July 3, 2014

June 23, 2014

July 14, 2014

September 5, 2014

  *A portion of this class will be conducted away from the Fair Grounds due to the Fort Bragg Fair



Partners in the Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course:


US Army Garrison, Fort Bragg, NC is home to almost 60,000 Airborne and Special Operations service men and women who have faithfully served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.


The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles issues driver licenses to 6.3 million North Carolina drivers, including about 350,000 commercial drivers. It test drivers to determine their knowledge of the rules of the road and driving practices that maintain safe highways and protect lives.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration oversees rules and regulations for commercial motor carriers on the nation’s highways and supports the education and safety of commercial motor carrier drivers.


The Johnston Community College Truck Driver Training Division began in 1949 and is the oldest professional truck driving school in the country. It trains 250 commercial truck drivers annually.


Fayetteville Technical Community College has helped make this program possible through a collaborative effort with Johnston Community College.





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