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Blake 's Comment
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I'm active duty military with 2yrs left to retirement. I plan on joining the trucking industry upon retirement. Been talking with my neighbor who's prior military and drives for Werner and is happy there on his dedicated route. Thank everyone here for the wealth of information and knowledge. I look forward to gaining more from everyone here.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Thank you for your service

Blake 's Comment
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You're very welcome.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Where are you stationed at? Where are you planning to relocate to after retirement?

tbh, one of the best opportunities for veterans as far as truck driving is Schneider. Since you will be retiring it doesn't much matter what your MOS is because you will max out the pay incentive for veterans at Schneider. You would start out getting paid as someone who has been driving for 5 years. The only caveat is you have to join them shortly after getting out. But there are many companies that have special incentatives for vets.

Blake 's Comment
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Well spoke with VA and education center today. I am out of GI Bill months, so gonna have to figure another way to pay for trucking school.

Blake 's Comment
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Thanks for the info Patrick! I will look into Schneider. I'm in Texas right now, but plan on retiring in Georgia. I was hoping to land with a company that allows the truck to come home with me that I don't share with anyone else.

G-Town's Comment
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This might help: Paid CDL Training Programs


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.
Blake 's Comment
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The immediate company sponsored training here is Steven's. Everyone else wants your VA benefits and I found out why today. When I called to check on my GI Bill remaining months, I found out that even though the school is only 3 weeks, they're billing the VA for almost 4 months total time for training!

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Thanks for the info Patrick! I will look into Schneider. I'm in Texas right now, but plan on retiring in Georgia. I was hoping to land with a company that allows the truck to come home with me that I don't share with anyone else.

Both of those happen with Wolding. You can ask anyone here I love working for Wolding. Yes their pay is meh. But the intangibles more than make up for it.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Blake 's Comment
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Well change 2000! Wife and I discussed retiring right here in Texas! Looking for house and land in country setting. I need at least 2 acres.

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