Veteran apprenticeship programs

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by jcornwell101, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. jcornwell101

    jcornwell101 Bobtail Member

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    Can any of you chime in about these programs? I see celadon, Werner, and Schneider have one where they say the gibill will cover the course and you can receive it the first year you are driving.

    I am looking at getting into the trucking industry as a change of pace. I am a 101st Airborne Division veteran who used to be part of the motor pool. So I have some experience driving bob tail tractors and large heavy duty vehicles. I am currently employed And run the Electrical Department of a manufacturing company that converts minivans into handicap vans for thru wounded warrior project.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Schneider uses private CDL school.
    Celadon has their own CDL school & provides lodging and 3 meals a day.
    Couple of Army vets posted recently they went with Celadon and like it there.
    Both posted they are with the refrigerated division. Celadon also has flatbed division.
     
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  4. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    I did the apprenticeship program through Schneider. In reality it's a borderline scam but not against you. Literally you do everything a non veteran would but you fill out the paperwork and Schneider does the rest. You get about 1100 extra a month. That's it, literally nothing else involved. I guess the V.A looks at it like OJT training but I just looked at it like extra money. The only reason I was even able to do it was because I took 7 months off and had to do a refresher for Schneider which classified me as a student.

    You can get reimbursement for school and the G.I money on top of that. Schneider might even pay for your school up front. A member on here called Firespock did that. P.M him for details. He is now getting ready to buy his own truck and doing just fine with what I hear.

    Again, it's weird that this would count but don't look this gift horse in the mouth, just do it. It pays for a year and the money does get less after I think 6 months or so bit it only drops to like 800 or something I can't remember its been a while. I would recommend Schneider Bulk if you are looking to get into trucking. I had a great experience there and moved on to one of the top tanker companies. You can do the same.
     
  5. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

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    I spoke to a school that was very proud of the fact that they were "Yellow Ribbon" certified. Apparently, it's a Veteran's program but I'm not at all familiar with it so I can't comment. Sorry.
     
  6. WingNut72

    WingNut72 Bobtail Member

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    Look into Troops2Transport for your CDL. I just hit my 21yrs and dropping my retirement so I be out in about 20 months. Get your CDL with them using your GI Bill. Then there are a lot of Companies that have Apprentice Programs. Melton, TMC, KEIM TS, Maverick, ROEHL, just to name a few. Some have 12 months but some have 24 months. If you do that should be 18K-25K of free chicken and have two years under your belt. This is my plan I am working on.

    Wingnut72
    US Army
     
  7. CenutryClass

    CenutryClass Road Train Member

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    I ask everyone who wants to waste their GI Bill on trucking driving why?

    the GI bill is worth atleast 50K, why waste it on 1100/month which will probably get wasted on crap anyway. Save it and give it to your kids if thats the case...
     
  8. WingNut72

    WingNut72 Bobtail Member

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    Every situation different. I have BA my wife has BA and we cant have kids. I will retire with 23yrs from the Army and do not plan on getting a masters and want to gets something out of my GI Bill so this is a way to get some money back.

    thanks

    WINGNUT72
     
  9. jcornwell101

    jcornwell101 Bobtail Member

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    I have used quite a bit of gibill going to school for electrical engineering and nursing. I was involuntarily recalled back to active service after going to school for electrical engineering for 10 months. I was forced to deploy with the Florida national guard. I had 2 classes left and had to report before the semester ended. With nursing I could not afford to do clinicals and pay rent so life happened. I am drawn to trucking because I miss driving heavy and medium trucks. Plus working on the production line and running your own department its hard to get paid past there with my company because I dont ehave a skilled trade. So I am at a dead end and starting out as a driver is a little more than I make now. trucking I have room for grow.
     
  10. avenger79

    avenger79 Medium Load Member

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    last recall I was aware of was in 1991 for Desert Storm, (that was fun), were you recalled than? if so how long have you been out? is your GI Bill still good?
    Army College Fund was only good for 10 years, not sure about GI Bill.
     
  11. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    I don't know the exact circumstances but I knew of several people who were out and got recalled, maybe Inactive Reserve, I don't know. Didn't care at the time. This was in 03.
     
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