Profile For William K.

William K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Dallas, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    3 years, 9 months ago

William K.'s Bio

About to retire from the Navy in June and looking around for information about the different schools and companies.

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Company talking to family

I'm retiring from the military if that makes a difference for some reason.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Company talking to family

I understand about references, but the recruiter specifically asked for family. That's the strange part to me.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Company talking to family

I've been speaking with a recruiter from Jim Palmer. Everything's looking good so far, but she threw me off a little when she asked for the contact information for two people I'm close to. I assume this is to make sure they understand the career I'm trying to get into or something along those lines. Thoughts?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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When to apply

So I've been leaning heavily toward Prime, Jim Palmer or Wil Trans for their one on one training for new drivers. I was looking at the Jim Palmer website and wanted to see what kind of information they wanted on their online application. I didn't finish and submit it, but a recruiter still called me. She pretty much verified everything I've seen already with the training and pay. But the most important thing she told me was about when to apply.

30 days out. They check your records (employment, criminal, driving, etc). If you apply before 30 days out, they'll have to recheck everything. I could see this going for other companies as well.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Jim Palmer

Are you retired with tri care? If not check their healthcare. It's a weakspot. My GF sells insurance so It wasn't a issue for me.

Yes, I'll be retired with Tricare. The one year contract isn't a big deal for me since almost any, if not all, company offering training will require a contract.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Out of state company training

I'm moving back to Texas after retiring from the Navy. If I go with a company whose training is in another state, I understand I would have to get that state's license. How would it work without having a residence in that state? Would I just use the company's address or get a PO box? It should be simple enough to switch it back Texas when I get the chance.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Jim Palmer

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Jim Palmer

I finally came across this company in my research and saw the 1 on 1 training for 40k miles. Really? No other students? And they have the veteran apprenticeship program? Sounds to good to be true.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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$35k annualy, x0.66(taxes) / 12 months /4 weeks /70 hours = $6.85 an hour after tax? Is that right?

This thread actually brings up yet another question. For trucking companies, do you pay state taxes on where you live or where the company is headquartered?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Looking like Stevens

The more I look around, the more it looks like Stevens would be the best fit. It looks like they're the company closest to home (an hour South of Dallas) who offers the CDL training and vet apprenticeship program. Anyone work/worked for Stevens know how often their academy runs? That seems to be the question I can't find the answer to for any company so far.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pretty Good Pay for ZERO Skills

I just meant that I have no previous experience. Sorry.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pretty Good Pay for ZERO Skills

I just did a bit of quick math and realized I only need to make about $10k bring home my first, and possibly second, year to keep my current lifestyle (at least my wife's). If I go to a company with a veteran apprenticeship program and my military retirement check, money will be even less of a stressor than it was. It was already nothing since we have no bills. If I decide to change companies after I get some experience for better pay, it's all gravy. AWESOME!!!!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Company Paid School

Another issue is the TWIC card and sleep study.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea years ago (probably 10) and "used" a machine. I haven't seen anyone about it since and I definitely don't use any machine. How much of a hold up can the sleep study and getting the machine be to the process?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Company Paid School

I've been reading about people showing up to training and being surprised with "hidden fees". If I pick a company that pays for the training, like Swift, would there be anything they don't cover other than a few meals, laundry, etc.? Would I need to bring a few hundred for some random test or background check?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prime

I've changed states with my regular license before (active duty military). I should have known it would be something that simple. Guess I'm just tired from a long day. Thanks.

Reading about Prime's apprenticeship program and the 1-1 trainer/student ratio just sounded about the best I've seen so far as the most personalized training. I could have misread it or missed something, but it looks good so far.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prime

I've changed states with my regular license before (active duty military). I should have known it would be something that simple. Guess I'm just tired from a long day. Thanks.

Reading about Prime's apprenticeship program and the 1-1 trainer/student ratio just sounded about the best I've seen so far as the most personalized training. I could have misread it or missed something, but it looks good so far.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prime

So Prime offers a paid apprentice program which would get me my CDL permit in Missouri. I would first need to get my regular license in Missouri too right?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

I'm currently stationed in Florida but will be going back to Texas toward the end of May. Swift's training is only about 20 miles from my house, and TDI is about an hour away in Dallas. I completely forgot about the permit. I may have missed it or forgotten, but do I need to get it before I attend training? If the training is in Texas, that's easy. If I go with an out-of-state company like Maverick, that's a whole different story.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

I plan on being out however much is required to get paid. Time away from home is nothing new. I just mentioned Swift and Maverick because they are the first two I'm researching. Researching them is showing me things that I didn't know I need to look for in other companies. Once I feel confident I know enough about these two and what I need to look for in others, I'll be researching other companies. I just don't want to confuse myself too much right now. I won't even be able to attend CDL training until May/June since I'm still active duty military.

That actually brings up two more questions I thought of earlier.

#1. I've been reading about people showing up to training and being surprised with "hidden fees". If I pick a company that pays for the training, like Swift, would there be anything they don't cover other than a few meals, laundry, etc.? Would I need to bring a few hundred for some random test or background check?

#2. I have ZERO experience driving a manual. I would imagine I'm not the only one in this situation. Is the short training enough time to be able to pass the road test for a CDL?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Company Paid Training or No?

I've been looking into Swift and their Veteran Scholarship Program. Their website says they only offer 1000. Without talking to someone at Swift, I don't know how many they have left. The last few days, I've been looking into Maverick a bit. It doesn't look like they offer the CDL school, but I can cover that with my GI Bill. Their rookie payscale looks a bit better than Swift's. I'm saying Swift and Maverick only because they're the main two companies I'm looking at right this second. I'm definitely open to more options as I come across them. With the non-company paid training bringing in recruiters from various companies, I may find a completely different company. My main desire is a balance between rookie pay (I know it's going to be low with any company) and minimal down time between CDL school and orientation/driving. Thoughts? Thanks.

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