Seeking Advice For Military Veterans

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Army 's Comment
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I think Jim Palmer gives Vets a 9 month contract for the paid cdl school, but a recruiter could confirm that.

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.
Cecelia 's Comment
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I think Jim Palmer gives Vets a 9 month contract for the paid cdl school, but a recruiter could confirm that.

THANK YOU! I will contact them for more information.

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.
Cecelia 's Comment
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Veterans Information

Thank you so much. I have to do more research and appreciate the Veterans Information link.

Cecelia 's Comment
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I did a private school and used my GI benefits. (Post 9/11 GI Bill). Then, I went with a company that also had an apprenticeship program. That allowed me to use a year of my benefits to get my housing stipend. Helps offset the whole first year pay thing. The company I went with also had tuition reimbursement. So I got paid the money that Uncle Sam spent on my schooling to get my CDL. Not to mention I got paid my housing stipend that month and book allowance. So I made money going to school by using my education benefits. It was a win/win for me.

LDRSHIP, you are one of the first people besides one other that has told me it worked out for you. I have a friend who also went through a private CDL school using GI Bill and now he drives for Werner and is taking advantage of their veteran reimbursement program. Win/Win for him as well. Thank you.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I used my GI Bill benefits and went to a private school, too, only because that was to use up the last of my benefits. That used up the last of the funds available to me. It worked out for me because I wasn’t going to pursue any other degrees... I figured four were enough. I would recommend going to company sponsored training , though. They have a vested interest in seeing you succeed, where a private school does not.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Josh's Comment
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So being a veteran I used my gibill to go to a local CDL school. I did this because I didn’t wanna be locked into a company for tuition reimbursement if I did their in house training. The gibill covered the whole school and I got one months BAH while I was in school. There are tons of companies that offer the veterans apprenticeship program you can use even if you don’t go through there in house training. You get 100% education benefits for the first 6 months then it drops 20% the next 6 months. You can use the benefits up to 2 years depending on the company. I was lucky enough that I got hired with a smaller local company and make about the same each month if i were to have gone to a company and used my benefits, but I’m not using mine. I liked jim Palmer if I was going to drive a box, but no matter if you come to them with a cdl or go through their training you are signing a year contract with them. There are some really good companies for box and flatbed work for vets, it just depends on what you wanna do. I love flatbed.

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.
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