FINALLY Heading To My Own Truck!

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Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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PLEASE keep us posted, Victor (Jamie...) you know i care aboutcha, kiddo!! I'd rather you stay in a truck, tbh.. but that's just me,haha!

Greg M.'s Comment
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Victor: Are you sure about this? I just did a quick look at Liberty's website and that program with the flight training is going to be at least $50k/year! If I understand your plan correctly, you want to get your degree then join the military? At this point you will be in your late 20's with well over $200k in student loan debt and no guarantee that you will be accepted into Officer Training let alone flight school.

If military is the path you want to take you should consider enlisting in a branch of the military now, preferably in an aviation related field. Once settled in a skill set you can begin your degree work and let the military pay for it.

Victor C. II's Comment
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So yes I know I am getting a late start. Even if it was not my meaning to do so. I have spoken with the Liberty University students and financial aides offices. From what I have found out if I work there for 6 months they'll pay for my tution. When I looked and talked with an aviation major student he said in total it would be 53,600 some for the 4 years in total. Maybe they changed it up from when he told me but that was just 2 days ago before I went on hometime. Not saying your wrong. I am heading to Liberty tomorrow so I will head up to the aviation department and talk with them. ROTC is there too so I will talk with them too. C.W.Lemoin says that with waivers I can be a 35 year old going into officer training. I will keep all of your information in mind even so. I will update you when I finish my evolution at Liberty University tomorrow.

Victor: Are you sure about this? I just did a quick look at Liberty's website and that program with the flight training is going to be at least $50k/year! If I understand your plan correctly, you want to get your degree then join the military? At this point you will be in your late 20's with well over $200k in student loan debt and no guarantee that you will be accepted into Officer Training let alone flight school.

If military is the path you want to take you should consider enlisting in a branch of the military now, preferably in an aviation related field. Once settled in a skill set you can begin your degree work and let the military pay for it.

PackRat's Comment
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I never met any pilot flying fighters or fighter/attack aircraft that began their naval aviation career past the age of 28.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Victor, when exactly did you get your CDL , and where did you get it from?

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.
Greg M.'s Comment
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Good luck Victor and be careful. Just remember that Admissions Counsleors and Financial Aide reps are recruiters just like in trucking. Their job is to get you signed up and on the hook.

I din't think my numbers are far off.

Basic tuition $23K yr. 4 years $92,000 assuming no annual increase, Not likely.

Room/board: Not sure of your arrangements but let's say $5k year. 4 years $20000.

Flight training: $25500 for Private ticket with instrument rating.(from Liberty 2020 course fees). Did not see a listing for CFI, needed to instruct and work for them, but that would be another $5000 or so. These numbers assume you take the average amount of training to test out. Additional flight hours are incredibly expensive.

That comes to close to $150,000 and does not include books, inflation, interest costs, additional fees etc.

After all that if you do not get accepted into military flight school a commercial pilots license and multi engine rating will cost you another $75k+.

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.
Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Have you looked at Embry Riddle? I wonder what their tuition is like.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Victor, good luck with your studies at Liberty ; I think it’s great that you have long-term goals, and plans to reach them. But as this is a site dedicated to all things trucking, I’ll speak about that.

It appears you started orientation with Western Express about two months ago; I presume you obtained your CDL through their school. Quitting in 5-6 months to attend Liberty means you could not possibly have fulfilled your contractual obligations to them. You’re going to be on the hook for thousands of dollars to Western Express, owing them back the tuition that they provided you..

I don’t think truck driving as a summer job is a very good idea. The logistics of getting you onboard, driving, and then back home in time for school during the short summer months aren’t going to pay off as far as you’re concerned with earning decent money, and I don’t know of any trucking company that would hire someone to drive for such a short, sporadic piece of time. A short-term investment like that is not profitable for anybody. It also doesn’t seem likely that a company is going to be interested in hiring someone who has 9-10 month lapses between driving stints.

Good luck Victor, I hope this all works out for 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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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Here is a conversation explaining all. If you have a question post here. I had to overlap a little to get you all the actual full conversation.

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This really explaines 100% of what has been going on surrounding the Liberty University decision. If all comes down to it, I will be a pilot or a pilot in the Airlines. In order to recieve this bachelors I have got to have this commercial pilots license which is accomplished through Liberty University. They have a tution freeze this year and last. They have paid internships. They have ways to come out debt free but like I said I am in deep prayer and God will have the increase no matter what.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Pete B. they told me that the contract for putting me into training on the road was 2500. I started November 11th and the ended training last week on the 1st of February so yeah it is definitely 2 months and a little change. So 8 months with them. Takes off 3 months from my year. I got my license back in 2017 and at that time I drove with Swift. Thats why I purposed never to go to company schools for my CDL training. Simbeck is a company back home that said they would hire me after 3 months when they could get their insurance to allow them to hire newbies or oldies that have not driven for a while, hence me. Now I have driven, but after 8 months driving I would think that would help with getting hired again if need be. Things seem to have mounted quickly I know.

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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