Making The Jump

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Alex's Comment
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Well, after being on the fence about committing to it for as long as I can remember I'm finally at a place in my life where I can give this a shot without worrying about things at home. So far, I don't even have my permit or my med card but with any luck both will be taken care of with no problems (thanks to the program on here and as many other practice tests as I've been able to get my hands on) next week.

I've been in touch with a recruiter with Wilson about their CDL program and like what I heard from them and what I saw mentioned about them both here and a few other places. I've got a conditional employment letter and a tentative start date for them already. Little nervous I haven't heard from my recruiter again yet after being told he'd check in daily with me to see how things were going getting everything in order this past Friday but I'm telling myself it's just because of the holiday. Not sure what else to put right now, but I suppose my next update will be next week after I have the permit in hand and the start date finalized. Either way I'm definitely looking forward to this.

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.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Wishing you the best, Alex ~!!!

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Keep the TT community posted, and shout if you have any questions; a great many veteran / seasoned drivers on here to help~!!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Recruiters take days off. Lol. What do you need to hear if you have the invitation. I only talked to my recruiter twice before I came to prime

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Alex's Comment
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Recruiters take days off. Lol. What do you need to hear if you have the invitation. I only talked to my recruiter twice before I came to prime

Did end up hearing from him again yesterday. Just had me worried when he said he'd check in every day to make sure I didn't have any questions about it and then didn't get anything over the next three or four days.

Without going into a several paragraph rant nobody cares to read I'm just paranoid about being ghosted somewhere in this process because that's what happened with the temp agency I worked for. Ended up wondering how to make rent for the rest of that year while playing phone tag with them and any other place I could apply for. Turned out the guy handling my file there left and they 'forgot' about me despite daily check ins for the first couple months after the last assignment. Been too afraid of getting burned again to try to get out of the mcjob I've had for the past couple years until now.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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I feel you, on the 'ghosting fear' part. It's been an 'odd' year, 2020 has, for sure. No presumptions here, either. As long as you are honest and have all your ducks in a row . . . you should be fine, though!

Wishing you well; hope this all works out for you, Alex~!! Keep us posted, please.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Alex's Comment
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Little update now that I finally have enough to be worth writing about. Got my physical and permit taken care of with no problems. Day or two after that they got the background checks and whatever else they needed to look into done and I have a 10/5 start date in Springfield.

PackRat's Comment
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Good deal!

You're well on your way now.

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