Decided To Go With Swift

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T-Rex's Comment
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Thank you everyone. You guys rock! Seriously you have all been extremely kind and helpful. Down the road when I'm an experienced vet I look forward to helping out the newbies as you have all done here.

I will definitely steer clear of the rats. I'm a bit of a loner by nature so it shouldn't be a problem. I'm respectful and courteous when I need to be but I'm not the type to seek out unnecessary social interactions. And I avoid drama like the plague lol. I will not let a few negative nancys ruin my shot at providing my family with a better life. Thanks again everyone. thank-you.gif

Gladhand's Comment
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That's a good attitude to have. Remember that when someone comes up and starts telling you crazy stuff haha. Honestly I avoid terminals as much as possible now, I am just glad swift had terminals in areas where parking is horrendous or nonexistent. Just be ready to learn and survive the first year. Don't hit anything and you will be set!


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.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Congratulations. Looking forward to your updates.

T-Rex's Comment
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Went to the school today and officially registered. Signed my financial agreement with Swift. Classes begin Monday. Since I already have my permit I've been cleared to skip the first week of class which is dedicated to getting a permit so I get to head right to driving. That's awesome. I basically get a whole extra week of practice. I read somewhere on here that it's basically a giant job interview from the moment you walk into the school so I took the opportunity to show some initiative when they told me I had until Friday to take care of my drug screen. I jumped in my car and went straight to the clinic and took my test and came straight back to the school with my physical paperwork and confirmation of drug test. I was back there within an hour. The lady in the office was shocked and very pleased.

Can't wait to hit the range monday and really get the ball rolling. I'll update my progress next week.

Ryan Remy's Comment
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Pianoman, I saw in an earlier post you possibly run out of the Denver terminal. Swift is my first choice and I live in Denver, so I wondered what your experiences are like in Swift Colorado and mostly what states and areas Swift has you going. Thanks so much for your time!


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.

Tom M.'s Comment
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I know this blog is mostly in regards to Swift, but i am in school right now. I'm looking for input about trucking companies that have good medical and modest or good pay. I will be graduating in 3 weeks, hopefully. I am looking into Knight, CRST, CR England, and others that accept new drivers with no experience. Please help with useful information. Thanks everyone. Really excited to get started in trucking.

Blue Zombie Trucker's Comment
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Tom, I just finished Swift Academy in Lewiston, ID a week ago. I had an incredible experience, and I'm eager to get started with orientation in 3 days then mentoring.

Work hard, stay positive, and post regular updates! Best of luck to you! :)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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