Thinking about becoming a truck driver after I graduate next year.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Christian H., Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    My son got his cdl in the US Navy SeaBee's.
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  3. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Take a moment and think about this.
    You are young, sure you have some education behind you, but you are not educated yet. You have been given the basics, the starting points. Now you get to go out and apply these basic skills, learn and hone those skills. Do it well enough, and you will be successful.
    Should you not have plans to go into college or a vocational school. Military service is a good option. You will certainly get training and skills. The question is what will that be. No one I have met leaving any branch of the military has a CDL. They have had to get them as a civilian. They may have been trained to operate large vehicles, but no CDL.
    This next part may, at first, sound a little out there.
    Should you decide to enlist in any of the armed forces, make a career of it. Figure out what interests you, then take a look at what each service offers in that area. Go with the one that best fits you. Then do the 20 years or more and retire. You’ll be what, 40 years old. Time for a second career, doing what every you want. You will find that former military are in high demand
  4. LondRanger

    LondRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018
    As people stated, join the military good idea, learn a trade in the military even better idea, finish college when you get out best idea.

    Education and a trade is something you will love.

    Driving a truck for a living? Not unless you have to. Before it was a career now its a must do for most of us to put food on the table.
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  5. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL
    Once upon a time it was a lifestyle. Now, the megas have turned it into just another job.
  6. NightTruck3R

    NightTruck3R Bobtail Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    Check around locally to see if theirs any workforce(people that help to find a job) around. If so,see if they can send you to a local trucking school..i was forced to get my permit before leaving out of state for school..sounds cool but now im stuck with a ridiculous tuition. It’s ways to getting your cdl without selling yourself short. check around mate
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  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    If you want to serve then please do... Join what ever branch you want. Then ride that military career as far as it will take you... God knows I wish I had followed through with my decision to enlist... If I had I would be getting close to having my 20 in now. If after the military you still want to try trucking, then do so... But ride that military train as long as it will let you stay aboard.
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  8. GlobalFM001

    GlobalFM001 Light Load Member

    Mar 9, 2019
    This is the best advice.

    Do your 20 years, then you can “enjoy” trucking.
    But honestly I wouldn’t recommend this career to anyone, some might like it, but for most it’s a way to put food on the table.
  9. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Stick to being a Marine, it is safer.
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  10. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

    May 24, 2016
    Strasburg, Va
    Serve your country and proudly wear the uniform you earn.
    Spend your 20 years there, get out and buy a truck.
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