Forestry - Related Employment: An Opportunity for Veterans and Reservists

Logging, log trucking, and other forest industry-related employers are concerned about availability of skilled personnel entering their workforce.  The community of Veterans and Reservists holds many likely prospects for entry-level employment, both because of these men and women’s skill sets and their broader character and experience profiles.

We would like to introduce the community of Veterans to forestry employment and what it may offer to transitioning Veterans’ career goals.  We would also like to draw forestry and logging employers’ attention to the potential of Veterans to fill out their teams.

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Approaching the Veterans Community to Fill the Workplace Gap


Logging Vocational Schools

Tommy Peagler
Forestry Program Director
Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Avenue
Waycross, Georgia 31503
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Doug Duncan
Executive Director and CEO
Forest Equipment Operator Training School, Inc.
809 Greenwood Circle
Cary, North Carolina 27511
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veteran 1 Resources for Job Seekers



What general resources are available?
The Department of Veterans Affairs has resources to help transitioning veterans assess their skills and acquaint them with job-seeking resources.

Potential employment contacts?
FRA's state-by-state listing of contacts for Veterans seeking logging or forest products trucking employment or advice on training opportunities.

Forest Equipment Training School

Louisiana’s Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator Training Program

Soldier for Life
Soldier for life is a U.S. Army program designed to help soldiers transition to civilian life and gain employment based on their exceptional training, critical skills sets, and proven talents that can be used in their local communities.
Soldier for Life Employment Resources

Soldier for Life Contact Info

Equipment Operator & Log Truck Driver Training Program

  • NC/VA FOROP Program (Doug Duncan) – mobile classroom, location moves with harvesting locations. See FRA Technical Release 15-R-14.
  • Beaufort County (NC) Community College has recently implemented a Log Truck Driver add-on to its CDL operator training program. (FRA Technical Release to be developed.)
  • Harvesting Operator Training Program at Coastal Pines Technical College in Waycross, GA. (See FRA Technical Release 16-R-14.).
  • Operator Training Program at the College of Central Florida in Chiefland, FL. 
  • Log Truck Driver CDL add-on program at a community college near Madison, FL.
  • Louisiana’s THEO Program; currently no classes/enrollees. (See FRA Technical Release 15-R-15).
The Alabama Forestry Assn., through its “Forestry Works” Initiative (implemented so far mostly at the high school level), aims to start an operator training program in the next year.

employer 1    Resources for Logging and Forestry Employers


The Department of Labor’s concise summary of considerations and preparations advises Employers planning to reach out to Veterans.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” resource, with local event links.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (Syracuse University) guidance to employers

Employers interested in forming a structured campaign to bring Veterans into their workforces may consider joining NAVSO, the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organization.

Additional Resources
Veterati: Military to Civilian Transformation

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Joining Community Forces