From Military To Trucking

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Bobby O.'s Comment
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Here's my situation: I'm 21 and was recently "seperated" from the military with an Honorable Discharge. I originally wanted to get into trucking before I joined the military but I wasn't old enough and I couldn't wait to get on my own two so I joined the Army. This is the trucking school I will be attending: http://www.sampsoncc.edu/continuing-education/truck-driver-training/

-What should I expect my first year of trucking?

-Would there be a trainer with me for my first year or months?

-What are the most common safety issues on the road?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hey Bobby, we have a ton of stuff all ready for you. Check these out:

DaveDiesel's Comment
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Here's my situation: I'm 21 and was recently "seperated" from the military with an Honorable Discharge.

Hi Bobby,

Thanks for your service! What was your job in the Army? Are you using the GI Bill to pay for CDL school? Any idea what kind of freight you want to pull: flatbed, dry van , reefer?

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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