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Blake S.'s Comment
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So I have been looking into trucking for a while now and I think I'm about ready to go get my CDL. I've been studying and taking the practice tests online in my state for the permit. The only thing that is holding me up is that I was Discharged from the army with a General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge for Misconduct (Drug abuse) for a failed UA. I have had multiple jobs since I got out which have all required background checks and it has never came up on any of them. All anyone ever asks is what type of discharge it was and I tell them. NO MOVING VIOLATIONS EVER and Only 1 minor fender bender when I first got my license in my teens.

How would this affect me? Thanks in advance for any helpful comments/answers.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Blake

Welcome. How long ago was the HOT UA in the military?

Safe Travels.

Blake S.'s Comment
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I was just discharged for it in March, but the actual UA was sometime late last year. I want to say anywhere from beginning to end of November.

Army 's Comment
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Blake

I would look at the vast resources here on Trucking Truth, as many have the time requirements from drug offenses and DUI's to speeding. I don't think the answer is to hope they don't notice, because I would bet since you test positive in the military, that positive result can be viewed by hiring agencies. But I am sure others will jump in if I am wrong.

Best of Luck

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Patrick C.'s Comment
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What exactly does your DD214 has for discharge? You are required to furnish a copy upon request to any future employer.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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I, too, have no idea what hiring agencies can see. And while I would never encourage someone to lie about their past, if you have your self together at this point in life, I would suggest NOT disclosing that information voluntarily and unless directly asked about it.

Again, don't ever lie about it. But when (or if) it's an important issue they will ask directly about it.

In the meantime, there are plenty of companies that have listed their information, requirements, and policies on such things right here on Trucking Truth.

Check out some of these links to get an idea of what and how specific companies require of you in reference to situations such as yours.

These links should help you get an idea of the policies, etc., that are currently out there and the approach you may want to take to pursue trucking as a career.

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.

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