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Chris B.'s Comment
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Thoughts welcome. I am living overseas after a 22 year military career. I am moving back to the USA in the spring and am beginning the search for schools and companies. I've narrowed it down to 2 schools in SW Ohio and am talking to a couple of companies. Concern I have is that I have been retired for 15 years. I am 55 rs old. I have no real verifiable work history. I have been "working" in a military commissary for 8 years as a bag boy. Basically a lumper for folks and thier groceries. Bag it, cart it and take it to the car for tips. Not a bad gig. My store director is willing to help in any way he can but my fear is no traditional work history in the sense that it cant be "clicked on" and brought up. Am I over thinking this? Thanx in advance. All other indicators are good in so muchas drug free, no record etc etc. Thanx again for your thoughts.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Chris. No, you aren't over-thinking this. Work history and driving history are two equally important pre-qualifiers necessary to become a truck driver. One thing you definitely want to check into before getting too far down the school path (and shell out your money); since you do not have any current U.S. driving history, many states and carriers may require 12 months of verifiable experience. Not sure what state you plan to reside in, but check into their DOT website. Also not a bad idea to call into several companies to get an idea of what to expect.

This link will help you identify the carriers that hire entry level drivers: Company-Sponsored Training Programs. Although there are others not represented on this list...it's a good start. If you want a much larger sampling of data, click on this link: Trucking Company Reviews

Beyond that here is our starter kit chocked full of useful information and a CBT course designed to assist in studying for the CDL permit.

Good luck and please let us know how all of this turns out for you...

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Chris B.'s Comment
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Thanx. I've kept my Ohio DL current for all these years so I'm not overly concerned with driving history as I'd be in the same boat - or cab - as the rest of the newbies as far has having a DOT driving history, or as I see it, having experience. I/we have none. I've poured over the goodies on this site and am in touch with a very interesting company I found thru this site that I hope to work for that takes on entry level drivers after CDL school. It's the verifiable work history that gives me pause as I have been retired. What are folks doing who come out of retirement? TIA

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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Okay...

To the extent your manager is willing to vouch for your work at the store, should be all that you need. W2s wouldn't hurt either. I think you'll be fine.

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