Have Any Of Y'all Heard Of This Program?

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John S.'s Comment
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As you may or may not know, I am an army combat veteran looking to transition into truck driving. I stumbled upon this program, and I am curious to know whether or not anyone here has dealt with them.

Troops 2 Truckers

LMK your opinion please!

-John

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well the site was just registered in February 2013 so it's really new yet. I looked it over and I can't find anything one way or the other that tells me if they're going to be of any help or not. They seem legit and I would consider them so until I see reason to believe otherwise.

I would say give em a shot and see what they're all about. They claim to be a non-profit and they work to help the troops so they should never ask you for any money for any reason. If they do, run like heck!

But I would guess it's legit. It certainly can't hurt to contact them and see if they can help.

John S.'s Comment
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Thanks again Brett.

Gator F.'s Comment
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What I'm trying to figure out is do they have a school you attend or do they just help you find one? I'm leary about their promise of making 35k-45k$ first year...maybe they are including VA benifits you could be entitled to in that figure. I'm considering separating from the Air Force due to the massive cuts we are making (25K personnel over the next few years!) and considering a trucking career. I'm very cautious over a lot of schools and trucking companies that place and emphasis on "helping vets" and wonder if they are just after my Post 911 GI bill.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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They certainly don't have a school themselves. It appears they'll help you find schooling and possibly some funding you may be entitled to.

Gator F.'s Comment
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I know you don't really recommend schools Brett but does Roadmaster have a solid reputation?

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Definitely. Roadmaster is one of the largest (if not the largest) chain of schools in the country. There's quite a few of them in different states and they've been around for a long time. They're definitely worthy of consideration.

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.
Gator F.'s Comment
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Thanks! If I end up doing this, I think I'm gonna go with the one in Jacksonville.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I think part of "Troops to Truckers," is helping service members that have VERIFIABLE experience in driving Class A or Class B style trucks (like on their military drivers license) get a civilian Class A or Class B license.

Dave

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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I have heard of them. I also checked into them but it was too late for me. I retired to many years ago. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it is 18 months- 2 years from your ETS date. I wish you the best if you decide to go for it.

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