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Moe's Comment
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So I have been in contact with SWIFT recruiting and the recruiter stated that she would need to run my situation by her supervisor to see if I would be able to attend their school. Most of you who follow regularly are aware that I failed my CDL exam five times here in Oregon state. The thing is that the SWIFT school and board is about 6750.00 that is in addition to the 3700 in loans I am paying back to the private school. Yea.... what would some of you guys do? Should I put my trucking aspirations on hold until I pay off the debt from my private school and then go to SWIFT? I really have no other debt than this. No credit cards, no personal loans and car is paid off if I take the SWIFT route my debt load jumps up to around $11,000.00

I am not usually one to assume so much debt risk, however if I want any chance at trucking besides waiting a year. This is what I need to do. It scares me frankly utterly that much debt, its a down payment on a house or buying a car outright.

Anyone been in a position going to school with alot of debt??


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.
Moe's Comment
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Whoever reads this....hold on ...I need to actually sit down and review my budget more closely to get the clarity i need. I am so sorry I posted this in rather haste. Thank you.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Personally I think if they will give you a shot I'd say go for it. If you delay it you may never end up doing it.

Moe's Comment
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I am on that line of thinking myself, need to make this happen. I will need to wait for the call back tommorrow and see what they say. I guess SWIFt has a non compete clause with the private school I went to. Do you happen to know if the school will report all of this on my DAC or anything?

Personally I think if they will give you a shot I'd say go for it. If you delay it you may never end up doing it.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Moe's Comment
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The good thing is, I have run my numbers and budget. It is doable, tight but doable. Short term loss, long term gain.

Personally I think if they will give you a shot I'd say go for it. If you delay it you may never end up doing it.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I also agree to go for it. I kept dragging my feet saying it isnt the right time for over 5 years. I kick myself in the butt all the time for not getting to it earlier. The thought of failing I'm sure is really high and I understand your scepticism of possibly owing more money. You had said your backing improved, maybe it finally clicked for you.

This is a decision that you need to make, we cant make it for you.


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