From Vet to OTR

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Jumpman, May 13, 2021.

  1. Jumpman

    Jumpman Bobtail Member

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    I ETS the end of the month from the US Military and am heavily leaning toward the CDL route and I hope I can find some answers to a few questions I have:

    1. Beyond the state income tax aspect are any states better or worse for OTR drivers as far as pay, # of miles, etc. Only asking about things specific to the JOB. I am a resident of Nevada but have not actually lived in the state for many years so I am open to anywhere in the US if it has advantages vs other states. So far the only real factor I see is the tax advantage so any of them are currently my favorites.

    2. State of residence vs home location for company. Is it fairly common for trucking companies to let you declare one state as your home state but then assign another state for your home time if requested.

    3. What is the preferred order of converting a regular license into a CDL, meaning my current license is in Nevada but say I decided I wanted to go to truck driving school or work for a company in other state should i get the CDL in Nevada or change my license to the other state first and then get the CDL.

    4. Length of CDL school. Many trucking schools offer a 140 hour program and a few of them offer over 300 hours of training. Is the longer school worth the time, does the longer training (i.e. hours driving) help move you up the pay scale faster.
     
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  3. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    1. If you move to Kentucky, that would officially make you a Kentuckian. That would be GREAT!!!

    2. They don’t care where you want to do your home time as long as they have routes that go there. They’re not going to get you to California if they don’t go west of the Mississippi, for example.

    3. Go to either a trucking company that has their own school or go to a CDL school, or a local community college that offers a class. That’s about the only options.

    4. Go to the shortest, cheapest accredited route you can go. Trucking companies don’t give two squats where it come from and you’re not going to learn anymore than enough to pass the CDL. The trucking company that hires you will train you how to do the job.
     
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  4. Chinatown

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    You can have a Nevada cdl and work for any company in the USA that hires from Nevada.
    Most companies don't care where you take home time as long as it's near the company hiring area.
    Many companies hire in 48 states, so with those you can take home time anywhere.
    Nevada, Texas, Florida, South Dakota are all good states to live in and all are "no state income tax" states.
    I'm from Tennessee and have lived in Florida, Texas and now Nevada. I don't think any of them are better than Nevada.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    Being a military veteran, many companies will go so far as to bend a few rules, just to hire you.
    For example, maybe a company requires a certain amount of experience, but may waive that for a veteran.
     
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  6. Chinatown

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    Here's one you can check out:
    Mountain Valley Express Co Inc
    Las Vegas, NV 89081
    Home nightly.
    • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
    • Must be able to drive a Manual Transmission - No Restrictions
    Mountain Valley Express
    Website
    4225 E Lone Mountain Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89081
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  7. Chinatown

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    Clean Harbors has been known to waive experience for a strong candidate.
    Clean Harbors
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    4500 N Walnut Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89081
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    Clean Harbors in Las Vegas, NV is hiring Drivers to join their safety conscious team! The Class A Driver will operate equipment associated with Industrial tank cleaning, utility work, facility shutdown, emergency response, site remediation and rail car cleaning; while working outside year-round in all types of weather. Depending on location, drivers may be asked to perform the duties of a field technician if business needs warrant it. Pay rate: $20.00 to $30.00 / hour, DOE.
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    • Manual transmission experience required
    • Join our safety focused team today! To learn more about our company, and to apply online for this exciting opportunity, visit us at Clean Harbors - Careers
     
  8. slow.rider

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    Some people say there's better pay easy of the Mississipi. But then again, there's tons of freight stacked up in California, and recent legal changes have tightened up the job market out there too.
     
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    1. Company Driver – Drive Freymiller
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      As a company driver, Freymiller will provide you with the truck and equipment needed to succeed when you get out on the road. Depending on your interests and abilities, we have a few different company driver options for you to choose from. Has program for new cdl school grads.
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    Home - Britton Transport
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    Britton Transport is a company founded on Midwest family values. We treat our customers, partners, and team members with respect and professionalism. As part of North America’s largest cross border operator, we specialize in US / Canada freight shipments.
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