Troops 2 Transportation

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Tweak's Comment
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Howdy, all!

So no crap, there I was, all set to head to Prime Inc. for their training program. I had done my research on different companies, CDL schools, and other options, and found myself deciding on Prime...

Until I found out about a fantastic program offered to veterans. It's called Troops Into Transportation. Basically, they work with an accredited CDL school and, using your Post 9/11 GI Bill, pay for your schooling, testing, everything. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Well, it gets even better. They work with 16 different trucking companies, and at the outset, they "sell you" to the companies. That way, by the time you're done with school, you have around 6-7 job offers waiting for you, and YOU get to decide which is best for you.

This way, I won't be locked into a single company for a year, paying back tuition. AND, depending on the company, I could be authorized to enter an apprenticeship program. Since it's OTJ training, I would be collecting money from my GI bill for a year, at the same rate as a full-time college student.

So, yeah! I'm pretty stoked. And if any of you know any vets who are down on their luck, lost as to what to do now that they've left active service, feeling down and getting into a bad way, tell them about the program. It just might save their life. Their website can be found here.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Tweak, we're somewhat familiar with their program. To be honest, they're simply a chain of private truck driving schools that anyone can attend. They're not really doing anything for you that you couldn't have done yourself. They're a chain of CDL schools and this is one of their marketing initiatives. They have no special ties to anyone that we know of. They can't pull any strings that others can't that we know of. It seems they're simply walking you through a process that you could have done yourself.

They're really called "The CDL School" and here is their main website which lists the troops2transport program:

The CDL School Troops2Transport

From their website:

Troops Into Transportation is an initiative created by The CDL School and its partner trucking companies.

And by "partner trucking companies" they're referring to trucking companies that pay them to send drivers their way.

In fact we have quite a bit of information on all kinds of military-specific programs and trucking companies with incentives for former military personnel including:

  • Montgomery GI Bill:
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill:
  • Hiring Our Heroes Program
  • Veteran's Administration Apprenticeship Program and On-the-job Training
  • Military Commercial Learner's Permit Skills Waiver Program
  • List Of Trucking Companies Advertising Specific Or Targeted Offerings For Military Veterans, Or Actively Recruiting Ex-Military:

You can find it all here:

Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

This way, I won't be locked into a single company for a year

Again, as we've said many times we highly recommend you stick with your first company for a full year. It takes a long time to learn how to handle that rig, learn how the industry operates, learn how your company operates on the inside, learn to manage your time, and prove yourself to be a hard working, safe, reliable driver so that you can get the big miles and special perks that the proven trucking veterans get. So the idea that you're "not locked into a company for a year" is not an advantage. It's a stumbling block. Unfortunately many people don't listen to our advice on the matter so they have to fall on their face a few times before they learn the lesson the hard way.

Again, there's nothing wrong with this program. But I want you to understand it for what it is. It's simply a private trucking school that is walking you through the process of using your military benefits to pay for the schooling and then funneling you into one of the companies that pays them a commission to do so. They're not anyone special. They don't have any unique specialties or any authority to land you a job with a carrier. They're a private truck driving school and this is part of their marketing.

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.
Tweak's Comment
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Ah.

Tractor Man's Comment
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There are many trade schools, private business colleges and the like, that take advantage of Veterans as to have access to their GI Bill benefits. Im not saying this is one of them, just be careful. Cdl school is so inexpensive in the first place, it would be a shame to lose your access to those Benefits for future use at a College or Universiy. My Son is an Army Vet and was able to get a FULL 4 YEAR Bachelor's degree at a legitimate College. His entire Tuition, Books and $1150 per month living allowance were payed in return for his service to the Country. Don't take that opportunity off the table for yourself for what amounts to $4000 worth of Driving School. Think this through Tweak! You have Tens of thousands of dollars due to you in exchange for your Service. Don't jump too quick at this!!! I would preserve those Benefits for your future use or your Spouse or Children.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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