Just Got Fired!!!

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Marc H.'s Comment
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Hello everyone!! I have been a long time lurker here, but never posted. I was just fired from my job today. I knew this was not the job for me ( installing fire alarms in Texas). This may be the gentel push, I need to jump.

I have been doing lots research into getting my CDL. I am a Navy Veteran, so I do have my GI bill untouched. I have been on the phone with KLLM that pays for schooling. When I talked to the recuiter, she didn't quite know about the appenticeship program. So far, from my research this is my front runner. I am also considering Prime. Inc.

So my question, is there anyone out there that has used there GI bill with any other schools out there, and how that whole process works. And all this needs to be done pretty quickly because I have no job at this writting. That is scary this time of year. Any help that is provided and or advice is most welcome!!!

Thanks..

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.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Thank you for your service.

Swift offers full free tuition for vets. I don't think they touch your gi bill either. I might be wrong, but it was briefly mentioned to me when I was asked if I served.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Marc, ∆_Danielsahn_∆ describes what I did. Took the Swift Veteran option. No money out of my pocket (or paycheck) except for the actual license fees and my living expenses.

Many companies will foot your tuition either with their own Company-Sponsored Training Program or a "hiring bonus". (Note: you'll still be on the hook for a year with the company anyway.)

You might consider a double-dip plan, use the GI Bill to pay for school, then get a hiring bonus on top of that. I have no idea if this would work.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI will train you at no cost to you. You will need your permit and DOT med card prior to being accepted into their training. They will reimburse you the cost of those. Hope that helps.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc H.'s Comment
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Thanks guys for the information... After a little digging I came up with a privious post about this. There is a post that has a list of company that qualify for the Military appernticeship program. I have already contacted one company, and have spoke to a recruiter, and dropped an online app. Everything seems to be in order so anymore help, or if someone has an updated list please add it. It would be of help to somebody else, or me if this company doesn't work out for me...

Thanks..

Errol V.'s Comment
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Patrick C.'s Comment
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You might consider a double-dip plan, use the GI Bill to pay for school, then get a hiring bonus on top of that. I have no idea if this would work.

It does work. I went to private school and used my G I Bill. School completely paid for plus I got paid my housing allowance and book stipend. Wolding pays tuition reimbursement. I am getting paid back what Uncle Sam spent on my education. Plus I used a year of my G I Bill to do the apprenticeship program. TBH an apprenticeship program is not too bad of a deal, but quickly becomes a waste for anything longer than a year.

JuiceBox's Comment
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I just recently used my gi bill for a private school and I can only speak on my experience. GI bill covered the entire cost of the school, paid me a book stipend of 1k, and if I weren't still active duty I would have also received BAH. I didn't need anything, just set it up with the school when I enrolled. Hopefully this is helpful to you and goodluck.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You mentioned Prime. Our program is free unless you quit before a full year of employment. they give you a bus ticket and advance you food money.

awesome company.

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