Jim Palmer's CDL Program

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Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I would like to start this thread by thanking everyone that has posted their experiences throughout these forums. I have read a ton of your posts and learned quite a bit. That has helped me make important decisions. So thank you for that!

Now, on my way....

I have decided to attend Jim Palmer's training program. I am looking at getting started on November the 27th. This will be my first driving position.

So a bit about me. I'm 41 years young, married with 2 sons ages 19 and 16. I had the great opportunity to serve this great nation in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 Crew Chief (aircraft mechanic basically). And currently work for the Federal Government where I run a training program, so I'm leaving a 6 figure job to dive into this. I do have enough time to receive a retirement when I turn 62, so the timing worked out. I've always been more of a blue collar kind of guy. I chased money into my current cubicle and while it has been a great career working for Uncle Sam, I'm excited to get a better view of the world from my new "office".

I have always been interested in the trucking industry. I have some family members who have driven trucks and I always loved to hear their stories from over the road. Now that my boys are of the age where I best get in touch them through technology anyway, I jumped at the opportunity to "take a left turn" in life.

So now I will start with my experience with Jim Palmer so far. I have been completely impressed with the two people I have talked to so far. They have eagerly answered my questions, and have pointed me in a direction to ensure my success. The entire process started with me submitting an application. I received a call from a recruiter within a couple of hours. We discussed everything on there and had some great discussion on not only their company but the trucking industry overall. I have read lots of posts here and asked some groups on other social media about this company and everything they have told me has been validated. Because of this I chose Jim Palmer, I feel they have been very honest with me, and I very much appreciate that with a big career move like this.

I'm told the next step is for a processor from Jim Palmer to give me a call and begin in-processing and as long as everything checks out I'll get my firm start date.

I will absolutely try to keep this thread up-to-date as I move through my journey. Reading others experiences helped me a ton and I'd like to pay it forward in hopes of helping others through their decision making.

Till next time, you all stay safe out there!

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you. Interested in reading your updates on your new journey.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Congrats!.. Im a JPT driver that went through their program. Be SUPER prepared, do your homework and be ready, both mentally and physically, for "total emersion".

I am 50 years young with similarities to your stated past professional experience. I have found it refreshing to be "rookie" while bringing a mature outlook regarding the need to pay your dues.

Do what you have to, do as you're instructed, trust JPT has your best interest in mind and go with the flow...

Its a heck of a ride! If you keep you're head in the game you'll find you and JPT made the right choice!!...

I look forward to following your journey and best of luck.

Fred - JP0037


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Turtle's Comment
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I too am totally looking forward to hearing about your journey through training. From what I've heard, JPT is a class outfit. Can't say I've ever heard anything bad about them.

Once you make that step, go all in. You're in the perfect position to reap the rewards of this awesome lifestyle. Good luck and definitely keep us posted!

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