New To Trucking Which School Is Best For A Ex Miltary Vet??

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Erick C.'s Comment
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was just wondering what kind of trucking school is the best/ really good to go to?? I've been out of the military for 2 yrs now and want to change careers was a cook just really really burnt out of cooking for good...

Is Roadmaster Cdl Driving school good? what about Driver Solutions??

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, Erick, welcome to Trucking Truth! If you are looking for a school, check out some Paid CDL Training Programs. Many Trucking companies have Special deals for veterans.

There's a list in this page, about 2/3 the way down, of companies that work with vets: Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

I took up Swift Transportation's veterans offer: a veteran "scholarship", meaning no tuition deductions, and after one year your tuition is cancelled - school's free!

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.
Nate_K's Comment
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I did training at Roadmaster Fontana.

I do not recommend that location if you have zero large truck experience.

If I could do it again I would of went to training in house with either Roehl (Who I Work for) Lots Of Vets here, OR Prime. Heard it's one on one and also vet friendly.

TMC is popular also and another vet friendly company.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I did training at Roadmaster Fontana.

I do not recommend that location if you have zero large truck experience.

You wouldn't recommend that truck driving school for someone without any trucking experience? Why would you say that? That's one of the oldest and best known schools in the country with 13 locations nationwide.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Erick C.'s Comment
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I did training at Roadmaster Fontana.

I do not recommend that location if you have zero large truck experience.

If I could do it again I would of went to training in house with either Roehl (Who I Work for) Lots Of Vets here, OR Prime. Heard it's one on one and also vet friendly.

TMC is popular also and another vet friendly company.

well i got a call from prime this morning and they have a class that starts the 20th the recruiter told me that if im good with my background check, etc that i could possibly get in on that date...... does prime pay for the dot card medical??

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Keith D(guitarzan)'s Comment
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I believe if your going to the school in Springfield they pay for everything except your CDL permit fees - If your going to the Salt lake city school Youneed to have your permit and Dot card before you get there.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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was just wondering what kind of trucking school is the best/ really good to go to?? I've been out of the military for 2 yrs now and want to change careers was a cook just really really burnt out of cooking for good...

Is Roadmaster Cdl Driving school good? what about Driver Solutions??

Hey Chef Erick -

I relocated from San Diego to Northern UT a couple months ago and attending 10-week CDL program at Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC.edu). The course and instructors (particularly the driving instructors) are awesome. Fellow student tested out three weeks earlier while myself and another student are ready to test out but we are just gonna wait until next week so we can get the road miles and experience under our belt. I have just over 500 miles right now and the head instructors have been taking us up and down canyons, windy roads, etc.

Recommend you get your DOT medical done thru the VA before, school is GI Bill approved and if you want to do what I did and pay for it cash out right it $2,700.

^scott

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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