Profile For Josh Hacker

Josh Hacker's Info

  • Location:
    Kyle, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 months, 3 weeks ago

Josh Hacker's Bio

10 year army vet, have a career with the railroad already, but tired of all the layoffs all the time, I need a new career!

Wife and 5 kids at home

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Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Swift solo upgrade questions

I’m a little over halfway done with my mentor and was curious how it works with getting your own truck after you upgrade. Can you pick the make of the truck, if you prefer a certain make over others? In the cdl academy we were in freightliner and now in the mentor phase I’m in a KW. Definitely would prefer a freightliner or Volvo just because of the better turning radius. Just didn’t know if I could ask for a certain make/color or anything like that. Or if I would just be at the mercy of what they assign me

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Back to square one...

Rob T. I don’t think it will, I provided all the info they asked for concerning the medicine I was on and even faxed them my full prescription list for this year, which both meds that popped up on the follicle test were On that list. So it’s not the meds on the follicle test that they weren’t hiring me for, it was the lifting/pulling restriction that did me in. They said they can’t hire with any kind of restriction like that. But my dr faxed them an updated form with zero restrictions so they are working on hiring me again. I technically was never hired while in the academy, they don’t hire until you pass your cdl test and graduate the academy

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Back to square one...

G-town: yea I told them about the surgery and that I was good to go and pain free. I never even thought about telling them about painkillers, I thought that was just common knowledge that after a surgery you were on meds for pain for a week or so. I’ve never done any kind of drug either so I’ve never worried about a urine test or hair follicle test before, if I would’ve known that was going to pop up then I definitely would of told them just to be crystal clear.

But actually I think we are getting things cleared up and they are working on hiring me now. My doctor was able to fax them a proper medical release with no restrictions. Just up to the safety dept at SWIFT to sign off on everything and I’ll get hired on, again lol. But regardless of what happens SWIFT has been first class about all of this and they are doing everything possible to help me out and get me on board. Looking forward to starting my driving career very soon

Posted:  2 months ago

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Back to square one...

Just graduated the SWIFT driving academy in Corsicana, TX. upon graduating I was informed that they would not be hiring me. I had back surgery this past september and another procedure in january of this year. My medical release form had a lifting/pulling restriction so they won't hire me with that. So now I have a cdl school loan to pay back, which stings a little, I was on the veteran scholarship program, so the academy would have been free for me as long as I stayed at swift for at least 9 months. So going forward I just need to find a company that doesn't do hair follicle testing, that's what started this whole mess. the painkillers I was on after surgery popped up on the hair follicle test.

But on a positive note, I finally have my CDL. The swift academy I went to was great, I had a really good time. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get their CDL.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone else have their Gallbladder removed?

Harvest how long did it take to go back to normal? I had mine taken out in November and am still dealing with issues. So it’s been about 5 months. I’m usually running to the bathroom 2-3 times a day minimum.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any SWIFT flatbed mentors?

I’m in the SWIFT academy right now, and was just curious if there are any SWIFT flatbed drivers or mentors on here. The instructor we have only ran dry van and I’m the only one in my class doing flatbed, so getting any kind of info on what I’ll be doing is kind of scarce lol. Supposed to go to the Laredo terminal after the academy for securement training but that’s about all the info I know as of now. Any info is appreciated!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else have their Gallbladder removed?

Thanks for all the info Moe. I did have a pretty bad diet, fast food and pizza were regulars since we have a family of 7, much easier and cheaper to feed the small army haha. I have noticed when I eat fish like tilapia, salmon it is a little better. But a burger or pizza and it’s almost straight to the bathroom.

Once I get out on the road I’m planning on eating real light, especially during the day. So hopefully I can get this under control and can enjoy my new career. Thanks for your info, I appreciate it

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else have their Gallbladder removed?

Hi all, I was just curious if anyone else is able to be a successful truck driver after gallbladder removal?? I had mine taken Out in November after a severe “gallbladder attack” it was only functioning at 6%. I’m doing good now but the biggest side effect is now I am a ticking time bomb when it comes to having to go to the bathroom. It comes out of nowhere with no warning and after I eat anything it hits about 20-30 mins later. Has anyone else had this issue? I know it’s the least ideal problem to have while being a truck driver. I’m supposed to go to cdl school tomorrow and that’s the biggest thing I’m worried about. I’d hate to have to stop 5-6 times a day for just a bathroom break. And I know there will be tons of time when there is no bathroom available...hahaha. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Chris M. Have you had anymore gallbladder issues? I had a terrible “gallbladder attack” back in November. Turns out I only had 6% function and it had to be removed. Gallstones were causing the pain. I haven’t had any issues since, but the only thing I worry about with trucking is having to go to the bathroom a lot more often now. If I eat regular, full meals, I have to go multiple times a day. That was one of the side effects the dr told me about. Just curious if you had or know anyone that has had that issue and were able to work over the road, successfully.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift CDL training

Thanks for the info!! I am looking forward to attending the swift academy, just heard see a lot of hate towards swift online and from people I've talked to. But Swift has done me right so far and I'm looking forward to starting this new career with them, thanks!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Swift CDL training

I'm signed up for Swift CDL training academy in Corsicana, TX. Anyone out there gone through swift at that location, for CDL school? any tips or info would be greatly appreciated!!

I thought about Knight, Maverick, and Prime but Swift is the only company that kept in constant contact with me and even paid the full price for my DOT physical. I know they're probably not the best company but they have good perks for veterans and they have treated me well so far. thanks for the info in advance!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Brand new driver, need some advice

I'm trying to decide between maverick and swift. maverick pays about .50-.53/ mile for rookie drivers after going through their cdl school. But swift, for veterans, offers slightly lower pay, but it sounds like a lot more hometime with swift vs maverick. Thats super important to me because i have 5 kids and a wife at home.

I'm brand new and am studying for the permit now, in Texas. so I'll have to go through one of their cdl schools. swift is 4 weeks without a permit and 3 weeks with one, (only about 2.5 hours from my house), then 3-5 weeks OTR with a trainer. But maverick is 6 week program, (far from home), and then another 4-6 weeks OTR training after that. Also the training with swift does not have to be paid back at all, if your a veteran, versus them taking a little out of your check over a year then paying you back over another year. so one year with swift and I'd be free to leave and go anywhere else, no issue. but with maverick there are no perks with that for their cdl school at all. So im not sure which way to go, have a couple weeks before I have to make a decision, any info is greatly appreciated!!

I'm currently a freight locomotive engineer with a big railroad here in Texas, but keep getting cut off (furloughed) until they need us again. This has been on and off for over 5 years, so definitely looking for a different career.

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