Profile For Joshua J.

Joshua J.'s Info

  • Location:
    Port Richey, FL

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months ago

Joshua J.'s Bio

Just another vet finishing up my degree, then getting my CDL to get on the road. This is a means to achieve the lifestyle Im looking forward to. When I buy my land in Maine and build the homestead, the CDL and heavy equipment skills will come in handy with my planned business ventures.

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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The long road ahead

Hey everyone, I know I've been on hiatus recently, had to finish up my engineering degree/finals and started getting everything in order for CDL school at National Trucking Inc. in green cove springs/orange park Florida.

I first spent a month at their heavy equipment operators course, graduated and got my NCCER certification, and began the CDL portion last sunday! I just got my permit Thursday morning, and we begin our work on shifting tomorrow. Im looking forward to learning as much as possible, getting my skills test knocked out, and getting on the road with a company. Going to spend the next few days sending out applications, and getting a hold of recruiters, its my hope that having the heavy equipment certification (and the ability to actually operate the equipment in a safe, professional manner) will open up additional employment opportunities for me and provide additional experiences that can be shared with you all.

Hope everyone is having an absolutely wonderful weekend, be safe out there!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Is there any driving schools that allow...

Be sure to check out any local programs offered by the state for helping with tuition, many places have a workforce training program that will help citizens get funding to learn skills that are valuable in the workplace.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Gifts or Rewards from Carriers

Thats a pretty nifty man ring, now I want one! Congrats on two years of exemplary service!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Truck drivers with weapons permits

Aside from the great advice people have been giving here (dont put yourself in a bad situation, stay alert, be aware of your surroundings) the best thing I can say is IF YOU MUST carry some kind of weapon, use something work related, your lawyer will thank you. Ive seen some listed already like the tire hammer, long shank screw driver and the like - I imagine a length of chain wouldn't be out of place if you're flat bed, and itll do some work.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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How Old is too old to start as a truck driver?

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Is there anyone here that doesn't double my age?!

Com'n.

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25 years old.

Im 27

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Ta-Da!

How is anyone supposed to follow that post Pianoman?

Congratulations on no longer being a rookie Chickie! Im heading out to National Training inc. on the 7th for my heavy equipment operators course, and as soon as that finishes, Im getting my CDL at their trucking portion, God willing Ill be with a company and starting my slog as a rookie in july. Everyone on the forums has been so very helpful, and quick to support anyone who needed help, or even someone to vent to. Im glad to see everyone doing so well!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

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Daniel,

You use a bike that doesn't have gears? Also, the photos on the first page don't load for anyone.

Cwc,

50+ miles is pretty hardcore. You must be in very good shape.

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It takes a bit of prep beforehand but not undoable. Make sure and eat pasta or rice the night before your am ride.

Bring food and electorlight replacing drinks and not just water.

And sugary fruit lightly through the ride beginning 25-30 minutes into the ride. I like dates and bananas.

Coffee is not a bad thing on the later end of your ride.

And as a post ride treat, chocolate milk is the nectar of the gods!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Exercise Sucks!! Kinda... not really

Lycra itself isn't necessary but the chamois pad they put in the bibs or shorts... totally is. But hey don't take my word for it and go for 50miles and let me know how that works out for you. But remember you still have to sit and drive for the following 8-11 hrs.

I learned that less while i was still in the Army, My NCO got me into mountain biking, and we'd do a 10-15mile trail up in the Franklin mtn chain near el paso, needless to say I learned padded briefs were a must- couldnt sit down for a week.

If it looks stupid, and it works, its not stupid.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Story: How trucking went from one of the best jobs in America to the worst

I can't take anything a sociologist says seriously, they don't cover the hard sciences at all and most wouldn't know the scientific method if it slapped them in face. This to me, means i can't accept any statistics he throws out because I can't be sure he did any of the sampling correctly.

All that said, you can make more than 40k your first year if you do your homework before hand, run hard, and act professionally, something you won't find in many other careers. This is my last semester in a mechanical engineering degree that I pursued because Uncle Sam is paying me to do it (post 9/11 gi bill) my employment options with this degree and 0 experience pay about 14-16$ an hour, after a year of experience it goes up to 20-22$, at 20/hr 40hrs a week, is 800$ before taxes. Thats AFTER a year, with a college degree....

In the Army, I was making 2200/month with 3 years in and jump pay, thats 26,400/year before taxes, and worked days, nights, 24 hour shifts, my birthday, Jesus' birthday, holidays etc... Compared to that, the MINOR things listed that pertain to company drivers, and the increased pay (literally twice the amount for no experience and no one shooting at me) seem like a vacation.

I also can't believe "working harder, longer hours, and with less job security." ; primarily because of technology and breakdown service. In decades past, If you were lost or had to reroute due to weather or a crash, you had to grab a map and figure it out, we didn't have cell phones or GPS, there were quick passes for tolls, and there wasn't a contact truck coming out to fix something if you broke down. Job security, if i took my degree and went to work for a manufacturing or robotics company here, and lost my job, it would take me atleast a month to find another one, if you have a CDL and a clean driving record, and the company you work for closes down, or you get fired because of a small infraction (nothing serious about safety,drugs, or theft) you can literally have another trucking job the same day.

So in short, yeah the guy made some valid points, but they're very few and most of his article is focusing on the O/O niche and not the wider driver population as a whole. If it were that bad, and the pay so horrible, why would there be so many veteran and rookies alike posting their stories here daily, and talking about how much they enjoy their company?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Hey Rainy

Im not gonna lie, that sounds like a pretty sweet gig 25$ per tire chained, might need to set me up a side businesssmile.gif

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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New Podcast Episode 7: Dealing With Law Enforcement

Got the V on my license and my OEF/POW/MIA decals on the back window of the car, its gotten me a few more warnings than I probably deserved.

Only one time it backfired: me and a buddy from Ranger Batt. were on block leave at the same time so we took his car around town, two Army grunts out to paint the town red. Cue red & blues for an illegal Uturn (sign wasnt visible due to graffiti) and what do we have? Well its a motorcycle cop, and my buddys being a bit ****y, (thats putting it mild, but he was young) he sees the mil ID, sees the decals on my buddies car, and pulls up his sleeve.

he was a Navy motorcycle cop . Gave my buddy a 250$ ticket for the illegal turn, and added a 100$ excessive display of power ticket because his tires skid a bit on gravel when he made said turn. Had he been polite, or at least professional, we probably would've gotten away with a stern warning and a few shots at our pride.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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FINALLY!!! (almost)

Bring a bike on the road with you too, it mounts pretty easily on the back of the truck.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Update on my life

Happy Birthday Big Scott,

"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." T.S. Eliot

Good luck, and give em' hell.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Community College or company owned school?

Another thing that comes into play, is if your state offers aid for vocational training, Im aware that some unemployment programs will pay for your CDL training; so if youre in that boat the slower pace and lack of a bill/repayment a CC or school may be the better option.

But as the knowledgeable gentlemen above me said, it depends on your personal circumstances, and how you prefer to learn; if you know high stress environments arent conducive to your learning style, then company training may not be for you. If you thrive in chaos, or perform better under pressure, a school may drive absolutely mad.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Guess I am one of the lucky ones!!!

Just a question, but won't a military waiver cover the skills test if he has that experience?

I think the veterans comment meant trucking vets (since he mentioned rookie right before it) but to answer your question:

The military skills test waiver form may be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Tips for going on a military installation

Rainy, I lived on post in the barracks for 2 years @ Fort Bliss, and I couldn't get pizza or takeout because no one could ever find my street, and I couldnt even order things online because the road/address 'didnt exist' good times! rofl-3.gif

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

When you're 100% confident you're good 6y7XszK.jpg

Thank god this isnt the backing test. kOhunGQ.jpg

And this was a question from a practice CDL test I took this evening. qqUb289.jpg

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Tips for going on a military installation

Ill be 100% with you, if you can find the commisary or the BX/PX stop there and ask a soldier for directions. A lot of the bases do construction often and change things about, Fort Bliss being one of the biggest offenders.

Ive never driven a semi through any post Ive been on, but Ive driven 15ton M1200 Knight and an 18ton MRAP and if you don't know where you're going, you're not likely to find it on your own. The locals will be much more knowledgeable!

Also, make sure you have your identification ready, and prepare for a vehicle inspection (depends on readiness levels)

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Anyone at Prime SLC?

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Hope that doesnt delay you too long, wouldnt want the people in your dungeon to starve =p

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That's it!ยก! Ur next on my list hahahh

Ive got a mean little Thai wife that would hunt me down to the ends of the Earth hahaha, probably safer to let me run free =p

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Started Class at CNM for Truck Driving. Hopefully this is the start of a new career!

Most excellent, sounds like youre knocking it out of the park! The instructor not hearing you/not marking the items is a blessing in disguise, like you mentioned with the state examiner if they dont hear it, it didnt happen. It also helps you slow it down so you don't actually miss something when you're doing it for the examiner.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Keep it up highspeed!

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