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SlugLife's Comment
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I've been wandering around the forums a little bit here and thought I'd finally create a profile and get more involved, so...

I've thought about driving a truck as a career for a few years now. I'm a former Marine and have been working as a DoD Contractor for the last several years but with the budget cuts our contract was terminated and not exactly easy finding work with my specific "skill set".

I'm using the WIA Program as a Dislocated Worker to get into a Driving School. Carolina Trucking Academy in Raleigh, NC. Turns out my GI Bill I put money into back in the day was only good for 10 years after your EAS (must have missed that in the fine print!).

Anyway, I'll be lurking around some more and get a few questions in now and then.


Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Welcome to the Forum. A lot of our members are former Military or LEO's who are getting into a different career, so don't be shy..ask questions, you will get straight answers. There are LOTS of helpful links on here that will be of great benefit to you in trying to navigate your new path..I can tell you that they will help, as well as the educational materials on here..

Old School's Comment
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Welcome to the forum! We're glad to have ya!

I'm not gonna point you in any direction as it sounds like you've already been navigating around in here, but I will say there's a ton of great information available to you on this site. If we can be of any service to you or help you understand anything that's not clear to you, don't be afraid to ask.

Again, welcome aboard!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

If you haven't already, check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide and follow all the links you come across. You'll find a ton of information on about every topic imaginable that pertains to getting your trucking career underway.

You'll also want to get started on our High Road Online CDL Training Program which will prepare you for your CDL exams and the start of your career. It has the actual CDL manual built right into it so that's all you'll need to study for your permit and all of your endorsements.


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.
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