Active Duty Looking Into Trucking Career

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Chris K.'s Comment
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Hey everybody, new guy here. I'm currently Active Duty in Tinker AFB, OK but looking at separating this year to go into trucking. I'm trying to get the most recent information and experiences with veteran friendly companies. I've read about some with VA approved OJT, military experience to truck driving experience, so on and so forth but I'd like to get current and former driver's feedback on these companies. Mainly pay (Who doesn't like money?), flexibility and opportunities, hometime,and any complaints. I've helped my dad on his local Little Debbie route so I've dealt with receiving and understand SOME issues with those types of accounts (Dollar General, Family Dollar, Walmart,etc) so I'm also curious about specific details about not liking some Dedicated routes since I'd probably look into Dedicated and Regional. I'm TRYING to look into jobs in Oklahoma or Northern MS and Memphis, TN area just to narrow it down. Any comments and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi Chris! Many companies have deals for vets. Check this out: Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

I went with Swift (school and terminal in Memphis). All I needed was a photocopy of my DD-214. Their deal is "As a Veteran, we'll teach you, then you drive for us for 13 months and we'll call it even." No payroll deductions or anything.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hi Chris! Many companies have deals for vets. Check this out: Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

I went with Swift (school and terminal in Memphis). All I needed was a photocopy of my DD-214. Their deal is "As a Veteran, we'll teach you, then you drive for us for 13 months and we'll call it even." No payroll deductions or anything.

Does it matter HOW LONG since you EOS'd? I got out in '82 - LOL...

Rick

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Does it matter HOW LONG since you EOS'd? I got out in '82 - LOL...

Errol served in the Spanish American War, long before you got out in 82. Yout Veteran status will be just fine!

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Does it matter HOW LONG since you EOS'd? I got out in '82 - LOL...

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Errol served in the Spanish American War, long before you got out in 82. Yout Veteran status will be just fine!

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Cruel - not even gonna touch that one...

Rick

Tractor Man's Comment
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Hey, I've met Errol. He doesn't look anywhere near 140 years old. He has taken real good care of himself!

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Texaslady0804's Comment
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Look at Werner Enterprises Vet benefits. They offer many and have regional , OTR etc and take good care of their drivers. Not saying there are not many others as well. Covenant is another with good pay you could look at.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes, I EOS'd in the last century. Swift accepted my DD-214 photocopied on parchment.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Yes, I EOS'd in the last century. Swift accepted my DD-214 photocopied on parchment.

I really like you Errol.....That is why I poke you once in awhile. You're a good sport!

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G-Town's Comment
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Tractor if Errol fought in the Spanish American war then by rights you and I fought would have fought in WW-I...just a bit of perspective.

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