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Dan S.'s Comment
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My low paying, no paying crappy manufacturing job has been going South for awhile. Short days and weeks.

It's gotten to where I was looking at $250 - 300 a week. The only way to make any decent money was to work bookoo overtime.

There's very little economic opportunities here in rural Alabama. About the same in rural Mississippi. Where the wife and I are planning on moving to. (family, cost of living, pre-retirement relocation etc)

I'm 61, retired military (Marines). Yea I could put in for my Social Security in ten months. But Ive got to get off my face and back on my feet financially. Take care of some bills, pay off a student loan I've been paying off aggressively.

And although it'll be nice to have that option in my back pocket? I'm just not ready to got sit at the house.

Needless to say I've got my concerns, doubts But I had to make a move quickly. My current job just wasn't getting it. And the only other jobs for someone my age were just more of the same. Crappy low paying, no paying dead end suck the life out of you jobs.

For some reason employers around here think your supposed actually live off of $8 an hour.

Drivers Solutions ~ PAM Transfer was the shortest and quickest way to get my CDL'S.

I know PAM is a starter company. But some of the reviews are BRUTAL!!

Real horror stories!!

Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions, welcomed and appropriated

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.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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I am sure the people that wrote those reviews are the ones that failed miserably at this career. Imagine if you had the option of quitting during boot camp. Imagine what kind of reviews the Marines would get. The trucking industry will chew up and spit out those that are unprepared or not cut from the right cloth.

As far as the starter company myth. All of these mags carriers / starter companies are the ones that have survived even thrived in this industry for probably 30+ years. Think back to your youth and how many of those trucking companies do you see today? Trucking companies are going out of business every day.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Starter company...

I've worked for one of them for over 5 years now. Does that make me a "starter driver"?

Patrick is absolutely correct in his reply. Your future success, commitment and your ability to adjust, roll with the punches is far more critical than the name on the door of your truck.

Careful what you believe in any internet review...

Internet of Lies & Misinformation

Dan S.'s Comment
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Thanks your right. That's the sort of thing I needed to hear.

Everything happens for a reason

I can handle anything put before me.

God doesn't give us a Spirit of Fear, but a Spirit of Love, Power and Sound Mind.

I retired from the Corps in '95. Bought into the "Go To College ~ Student Loan ~ Get a Great Job" lie ~ trap!

Tried selling cars for six months. Yep another lie~trap. 60% of all car salesmen are out of the business within 6 months.

Then I got into low paying, no paying, crappy, dead and jobs since.

I'm DONE!!!!

Army 's Comment
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Dan

Thank you for your service. I am too working towards a driving career. I would encourage you to look at paid CDL schools like, WilTrans, Jim Palmer, Prime, Swift, and many others. Paid CDL Training Programs I am not convinced you get your CDL faster with PAM. I got a prehire from CRST, but all is on the back burner due to the fact I am not retired from the service yet. I go back and fourth on whether I could team. Jeremy on the site, should be finishing CRST training, we have a few finishing Prime, and a few others. I encourage you to read some of the diaries in the other thread.

Best of luck, and yeah I imagine the low cost of living in Alabama equates to low pay. I was stationed at Fort Rucker for a few years back in 2003 and was impressed you could get a nice brick house (hurricane solid) and a pool for dirt cheap...

Best of Luck Chris

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.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Dan, CONGRATULATIONS! And THANKS for your service.

Take your positive attitude with you and it’ll make all the difference. Regardless of the company you drive for, you will probably be very successful and that student loan will soon be history.

Welcome and enjoy the challenge.

G-Town's Comment
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Like the others said, you definitely have the right attitude.

And I apologize for not extending my appreciation for your service. We cannot say that enough to our veterans.

So "back to school" for you. Treat it like military boot camp/basic training. You definitely know that drill.

Don't let the lows get you too low, or the highs get you too high.

I think you'll do fine.

Good luck!

Dan S.'s Comment
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Dan

Thank you for your service. I am too working towards a driving career. I would encourage you to look at paid CDL schools like, WilTrans, Jim Palmer, Prime, Swift, and many others. Paid CDL Training Programs I am not convinced you get your CDL faster with PAM. I got a prehire from CRST, but all is on the back burner due to the fact I am not retired from the service yet. I go back and fourth on whether I could team. Jeremy on the site, should be finishing CRST training, we have a few finishing Prime, and a few others. I encourage you to read some of the diaries in the other thread.

Best of luck, and yeah I imagine the low cost of living in Alabama equates to low pay. I was stationed at Fort Rucker for a few years back in 2003 and was impressed you could get a nice brick house (hurricane solid) and a pool for dirt cheap...

Best of Luck Chris

I'm in Troy, Alabama. From a little town about 13 miles North of Ozark just off Highway 231.

I'm afraid I don't have the luxury of waiting and going through the process of shopping around. After twenty years of working in Dead End, low paying, no paying jobs?

I've got to make a move yesterday. I'm ready to get into a field where working hard and hustling is rewarded.

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.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Dan S.'s Comment
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Treat it like military boot camp/basic training. You definitely know that drill.

That's definitely part of my intention.

And thanks for all the help and replies.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I know PAM is a starter company. But some of the reviews are BRUTAL!!

These will help a ton - do yourself a favor and listen to these podcasts. They'll really put your mind at ease and help you understand why there is so much unwarranted negativity around the trucking industry. You'll also never use the expression "starter company" again after hearing the first one because you'll realize how ridiculous that notion is.

Enjoy!

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.

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