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  1. twpaq

    twpaq Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for the welcome! Speaking of honoring veterans, is there any opportunities that you know of as far as a leg up (if there is such a thing)? I'm in the middle of looking up Jim Palmer and they stated:
    I'm not entirely sure what that means. Extra income? They also mention using the GI Bill to use towards your CDL, but they have the 1 year contract so that shouldn't be an issue. I'm fine with a challenge, it has its appeal so it seems like a good trade off!
     
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  3. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    If you still have some G.I. Bill left I would advise that you go to community college and get your CDL there. It will be far more valuable than any college degree and only cost about five grand. That way you don’t have to drive for some crap company for a year.
     
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  4. twpaq

    twpaq Bobtail Member

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    I have 20+ months left, but Community College isn't a trade school so I would be under the impression it would take at least few months to get your CDL? Correct me if I am wrong. I don't think a company such as Swift would too horrible as being new you have to start somewhere and it is a stepping stone to greater heights with valued experience, whether unfortunate or not. This may be ignorance, but it is my current perspective on limited information I know. Thanks for the info!
     
  5. Mooseontheloose

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    #1. Thank you for your service! My sons are Army and Marine and I was Air Force.
    #2. Find a community college in your area that does CDL training. I did, and it was 4 weeks/160 hours. Talk to the VA counselor on campus. Your military service (GI Bil) will provide for your tuition and posssibly added living expenses. The VA counselor has your best interest in mind. The company recruiter is talking to you on their company’s behalf! BIG DIFFERENCE!!! If you do not complete your training you will owe them, if you complete your training you will owe them. Go to the community college, complete your training and owe no one!
    #3. Use the time that you’re training to explore all the different types of trucking. With the two companies that were mentioned you’ll be locked in to OTR dry van. There’s a LOT more to trucking than that. Use the Truckers Report to explore the different options, the good and bad and what pay range you want. You’ll learn quick! (Take the negative with a grain of salt). Use YouTube for illustrations of the different trucking types.
    #4. The member on this forum named @Chinatown is the greatest resource for knowledge of the opportunities of different companies for who to work for. Chinatown could run for Mayor and win! He’s helped a lot of people out on here! Look at his past posts and you’ll see for yourself.
    #5. You’ll be amazed that once you get into trucking of all the opportunies that you have!
     
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    Thank you for your service and welcome.
     
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    jammer910Z Road Train Member

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    You'll do just fine.
    The service teaches you to be self sufficient, so you're heaps and bounds ahead of most Newbs already.
    It's a process.
    Treat it as such, and respect it as your lifestyle... not a job.

    You'll succeed
     
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Give Jim Palmer a call and ask about the "Military Veterans Apprenticeship Program."
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  9. twpaq

    twpaq Bobtail Member

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    I'm in touch with a rep from Jim Palmer right now. I have to send over my College transcripts, DD-214 and proof of not at fault accidents. I'm a bit skeptical because honestly they have that whole 10 year employment they want you to list and mine is likely not accurate at all. I hope that won't be an issue, but I don't know. I was never really responsible in that way or never gave much thought to the importance of it.

    As far as the veteran program, they just allow you to use your GI BILL for additional income in school. They said they would fly me out to Montana and put me up in a hotel and pay for food and give you $200 a week while in school for 2 weeks. They state new drivers will get 2,500 - 3,000 miles a week at .45 CPM. This is based on sticking with the company for the first year.
     
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  10. Chinatown

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    Usually companies just want a 3 or 5 year work history for people that haven't worked with a cdl job.
    If you're a former driver, they want a 10 year history.
    Companies can write their own rules though and that's not uncommon.
    You being a Vet, I'll be surprised if Jim Palmer doesn't hire you.
     
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  11. twpaq

    twpaq Bobtail Member

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    Hopefully they'll hire me, seems like a good opportunity. Will they call my employers, ask them how long I have been there and get very specific? I'm sure I'm off on months or the years I worked one or more jobs, but I did list the actual jobs I worked and a rough estimation of my time there. More than anything that is really the only thing I'm concerned with is not meeting correct time periods.

    They mentioned a physical when you get there, what type of physical is this?
     
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