PLEASE HELP!! New To Trucking, Need Advice!

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Bird-one's Comment
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No tear off here either. I'm also not so sure you can upgrade to a full honorable discharge. To my knowledge, general is the highest you can go if you did not receive a honorable. We had our share of knuckleheads as well.

Army 's Comment
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I process Soldiers in the Guard who have done this very thing. The current 214's will or should show characterization of discharge and why. His probably says General Under Honorable, Drug Use...or words close to that.

Packrat, I agree that there is not much honorable with that, but nowadays units want these administrative actions to process as quick as possible, so instead of going to a Admin Sep board, trying for a Other Than Honorable, they recommend a General Discharge, and the SM is out quick.

Also, there is NO guarantee of a upgrade in characterization of discharge. Yes it is possible, BUT I don't think that will change the reason for discharge. And, it takes a significant amount of work and time to the the Army Board of Corrections to do things, I would imagine the Navy is no different.

To the original poster, good luck with school, but like others have said, you should have went the paid cdl school route.

Best of luck Chris


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.


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.
Bird-one's Comment
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Western Express, CR England, PAM, May Trucking, Carolina Cargo are will you will probably want to apply first. Disclose everything asked. I look at it like this. If it comes down to you, and another applicant who both had the same issue. Is the company going to want the regular "Joe" with no work experience, and got caught with weed? Or the individual who has military experience, and had an otherwise clean record but made an unfortunate decision? I would think it would be the prior military applicant. I could be wrong about that, but that would be my though process. You're not a scumbag or anything of that. Your life isn't finished. And If think you and the other 3 sailors were the only ones doing dumb stuff like eating weed brownies on leave... I'll bet good money it was more than you 4.

Anyways good luck to you. Keep your head up and keep us posted.

Rick S.'s Comment
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A failed drug test in the USN is an OTH discharge, when I was there. If it was changed to an Honorable, Other that's a real shame. Anyway....

How long ago were you discharged? It's not impossible to get hired, but many companies are going to require you to successfully complete a SAP program prior to looking at you. Poor choices are something that will hamstring you before you ever start.

My DD214 from the USN in 2012 doesn't seem to have one, either. Not much I agree with in your post, Rick.

Actually - I misspoke - as far as my DD-214 goes. I was looking at a PDF I keep up in my webspace - which has the bottom portion "chopped off" - I went into my gunvault and dug out the copy I got from Nav Records Archive and it does, in fact - have the bottom portion.

I stand corrected.

And you don't have to agree - but what IS FACTUAL - is that, if he went through NASAP (Navy rehab as he claimed) - THAT IS SAP.

When I was in, it was General Under Honorable Conditions - they didn't have a drug test back then - they had to catch you with the goods.


Yeah - I was a screwup back then - and things got EVEN WORSE - before I wised up and got my act together.

Again - my biggest regret of my life. I loved the work, loved being at sea - only I loved PARTYING EVEN MORE - and that got me in a jackpot. But pretty much everyone partied back then.

Can't say how they're dealing with it now.



Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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