Newbies, Keep The Faith, Don't Give Up!!

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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I have been silently reading and learning on this site for several months. It is an indispensable resource for anyone wanting or trying to get into the trucking industry. I read so many posts regarding the different companies, things to watch out for, things to expect, etc.

It took a while for me to make an informed decision as to how I would proceed. I began submitting applications and found out that there was what seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle in getting hired as a newbie for training with zero experience. No matter who I talked to it seemed this issue stopped the process dead in it's tracks.

I am a veteran with a good driving record and I've never been in any legal trouble, but still was having a hard time. I had created "tiers" of companies that I wanted to apply for training with. First tier, no dice. Second tier, same. So I had ALMOST accepted my fate that I would have to go with a carrier that accepts pretty much anyone within reason, but the pay isn't great and I read horrifying reviews on Trucking Truth.

Then, I found a thread in this forum that provided me with a company I didn't even know existed. I went to their website and was thoroughly impressed with what they said, as well as confirmations on Trucking Truth that they were for real.

I thought what the hell, I'll give them a shot. You never know if you don't ask, right? I soon got an email from them, so I revealed the issue that all the others had with me. The recruiter went to the director and was told since I was a veteran and everything else was good, go ahead with the application. Now, four days later, I was officially accepted to attend MTI with Millis Transfer.

Not only am I thrilled for the opportunity, but I remembered all the folks on here saying not to give up, have patience, be honest and you will get there. Boy were y'all right! This seems like a great company, and I never would have made it if I had listened to negativity. I kept the faith, I didn't give up, and now my adventure is set to begin on October 1st with what seems to be a fantastic company. Thank you Brett, and all of you for such valuable information and advice. This website is awesome!

And to anyone else that is feeling down, keep going. Your destiny is just one taken chance away!

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Congratulations. Thanks for your service. Keeping that never quit attitude will take you far. Millis is an excellent company and they seem to get you solo at a reasonable pace. Where will you be attending their school? A current training diary in that section will help countless others. What was stopping you?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome news, Kevin. Congrats!

Hopefully you've hit the High Road CDL Training Program to prepare for the CDL tests and get ready for the road. Study hard now. The more you can learn now the easier life will be later on.

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.
Kevin L.'s Comment
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Thanks guys, I appreciate y'all! I am going to dive in the High Road CDL training program right away. I will be attending in Cartersville, GA. And I do intend to start a training diary as I hope to help others along the way, if I can.

And the reason that everyone gave me a hard time was my mom has been sick for a few years, and two yrs ago I quit work to help her through some rough stuff. She is much better, thank God, but once I uttered haven't worked I couldn't even finish my sentence as to why before they were like, "No, sorry we're not interested. Get a yrs experience and reapply." Millis was so understanding and I really appreciate them giving me a chance.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks guys, I appreciate y'all! I am going to dive in the High Road CDL training program right away. I will be attending in Cartersville, GA. And I do intend to start a training diary as I hope to help others along the way, if I can.

And the reason that everyone gave me a hard time was my mom has been sick for a few years, and two yrs ago I quit work to help her through some rough stuff. She is much better, thank God, but once I uttered haven't worked I couldn't even finish my sentence as to why before they were like, "No, sorry we're not interested. Get a yrs experience and reapply." Millis was so understanding and I really appreciate them giving me a chance.

Congratulations, and please do keep us updated. I just found Millis, and I had put them at the top of my list. They have a great school with small classes, vet friendly, and their school is a value. I had planned on private school to get more one on one time, but Millis is a better option in my opinion.

I am very interested in your experience.

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.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Mliis is an excellent company. Look up "Trucker Who" on YouTube. He drove for Millis until health issues forced him to leave. Great videos.

Kevin L.'s Comment
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@GrumpOldMan- I will certainly keep everyone up to date as this experience unfolds. Thanks for being a part of the journey, and I hope to see you at Millis someday!

@∆_Danielsahn_∆ - Thanks for your reply and affirming that Millis is a good company. I get more excited each time someone says something positive about them. And I will most certainly look up "Trucker Who" and check out his vids.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Joseph L.'s Comment
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@kevin L, good luck.

Will H.'s Comment
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So a year or so lack of work history is the bump? Now I am worried. I have not had a job since I retired from the Navy and will have a 3 year gap.... however I was/am a full time college student so I am hoping that this would offset it

Patrick C.'s Comment
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So a year or so lack of work history is the bump? Now I am worried. I have not had a job since I retired from the Navy and will have a 3 year gap.... however I was/am a full time college student so I am hoping that this would offset it

As long as you can prove what you were doing, you will be fine. When I got medically separated from the military, I took a year off of work at went to school full time. I just had to show my college transcripts and explain the why of it.

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