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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will partner with the military and several private transportation companies on a new program designed to insure military personnel stay employed once they leave the armed forces. The new “Troops to Trucks” program will make it easier for service men and women to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before they become private citizens. As part of the program the DMV has already certified two military installations in the state as third party testing centers where active duty personnel can be trained to operate commercial motor vehicles and obtain their licenses without leaving the base. The DMV will also take advantage of a new federal regulation that takes effect in July that waives the road skills test requirement for current military CDL holders with a safe driving record, meaning they only need to complete the written test. Any service member who completes the training and obtains their license can fill out a questionnaire about their transportation employment preferences that the DMV will forward to a list of prospective employers.