3 Questions: Military To Trucking

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Admin, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Admin

    Admin TTR Forum Owner Staff Member Administrator

    Apr 6, 2009
    I've been getting an unusual amount of questions lately asking about trucking after being in the military. The questions are coming from two directions: those who are in the military and thinking about their options, and trucking companies that want to know how they can do better at hiring these candidates. So, I'm looking for insight from vets who made OR are making the transition from military to a trucking career, and hopefully the answers can be used to help inform everyone.

    1) What questions, concerns or uncertainties did you have about getting a trucking job after being in the military?

    2) Did trucking companies, the government, or other entities provide any assistance that you found helpful? This might include providing a list of CDL training programs eligible for the GI bill, or companies giving you credit for your military driving experience by waiving CDL school requirements or starting you at the pay rate of an experienced driver.

    3) Did you encounter any obstacles getting that first trucking job, such as difficulty getting government benefits to pay for training?

    Answers of any length are appreciated, the more detail the better. And if there are any questions you wished I'd asked but didn't, feel free to ask and answer them yourself ;)
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  3. mangdriver

    mangdriver Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    are you still in? most state have a waiver for the skills test. Print it up and have your commander sign in. Then take the DOT physical, study and take the written exam. Has far as companies go, that I don't know.
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  4. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    One small adjustment I found was switching from being told what to do and how to do it.
    To thinking for yourself and coming up with your own solution to problems that come up.
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  5. crappedouttrucker

    crappedouttrucker Light Load Member

    Jul 3, 2016
    before i make a statement. I've never been in or had anything to do with the military. the couple of soldiers i had working for me. completely better quality worker. less likely to quit there job after a short period of time. complete respect for their employer. I didn't have to worry about the truck being abandon on the road somewhere. no trouble boarder crossing into canada. if i thought i could get a few more retired or ex military. I would put the other 5 trucks back in service. there sitting now because i'm tired of employing angry job hoppers or disorganized people.
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  6. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Sevierville TN
    I get a card from my boss each year on veterans day signed by the rest of the office staff.

    CR England allows all vets to bail after only six months of employment starting the day we get out pass the cdl driving test.

    So by going to CR England, I was able to make over $1,000 a week barely after getting out of my trainers truck(by quitting and going to my current company).
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  7. Friday

    Friday Road Train Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Charlottesville, Va
    I can answer #2 a bit. I should elaborate on my military experience a bit: I was not a truck driver in the military. At all. Not a driver of anything other than a regular car (I suppose it had some police lights attached at one point).

    Heres two companies I know the policies of:

    1- Schneider - raises salary by 1 year of experience for every 4 years in the military in any capacity. Aka 4 years military, start off at 1 year salary instead of rookie. 8 years = 2 year driver salary and so on. Also higher sign on bonuses but those vary by area. Also allows for that GI Bill money collecting. There may be other bonuses as well for military truck drivers.. A marine reservist truck driver in my orientation started off at .47cpm here with no civilian experience.

    2- TMC - allows for GI Bill money collecting. Also puts shiny sticker on your truck.

    Hope that helps
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  8. justa_driver

    justa_driver Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Might want to tell vets to check with their state DMV. Some, such as Ga, offer free licenses, some offer free tags, some offer free hunting and fishing licenses and others offer other benefits. They can find a link online telling what each state offers to Vets but it wouldn't let me copy it so they will have to look it up.
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  9. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Winfred, SD
    There is a website called HeroToHire. It is supposed to help link companies up with ex military people. The company I am with has found several guys on there. And as far as I know , been happy with all of them.
  10. RSQ20

    RSQ20 Medium Load Member

    Only issue I have seen, PTSD

    Had a driver do the suicide trick,
    and another is in rehab...

    .. Philip
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