Uber is recruiting tens of thousands of military members, veterans, and military spouses to be drivers in a new initiative dubbed UberMilitary. The idea is to help cut down on joblessness within the military community and get droves of new drivers for the ride-sharing platform.
With UberMilitary, Uber has teamed up with former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes project. The goal is to "on-board" 50,000 members of the military community to the platform over the next 18 months. These new drivers will work the same as all other Uber drivers.
"Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, but at Uber we understand that veterans are some of our nation's most talented and skilled leaders," Uber wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
Uber says that driving for its service could be good for veterans because they can be their own boss and make their own hours. As with all of its drivers, the ride-sharing service also helps with vehicle financing in the purchase of a new car.
To recruit members of the military community, Uber will be attending job fairs and hosting events across the country. The ride service will also temporarily provide discounted rides to and from several military bases for service members. Additionally, Uber is adding a few perks for drivers within the military community in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
While there are many advantages to being a driver for a ride-sharing service, some drivers have brought up complaints about working for such platforms. Drivers for Uber and its competitor Lyft have. The drivers allege that because the companies classify them as independent contractors, rather than employees, they are saddled with an unfair amount of costs.