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Joshua F.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I’m excited to be here and to be exploring the idea of getting my CDL. I’m just getting my feet wet and trying to determine the best route for me and the best company. I’m 28 years old, I have a wife and 2 little boys at home and also a navy veteran. I’m currently living in El Cajon, CA just outside of San Diego. The only company I’ve spoke to over the phone has been swift and they seemed to hit my wickets but we will see how it all plays out. They told me starting out in my area I could be home every other day maybe every few days with a $1000 guarantee weekly.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hello everyone, I’m excited to be here and to be exploring the idea of getting my CDL. I’m just getting my feet wet and trying to determine the best route for me and the best company. I’m 28 years old, I have a wife and 2 little boys at home and also a navy veteran. I’m currently living in El Cajon, CA just outside of San Diego. The only company I’ve spoke to over the phone has been swift and they seemed to hit my wickets but we will see how it all plays out. They told me starting out in my area I could be home every other day maybe every few days with a $1000 guarantee weekly.

Welcome to Trucking Truth, Joshua!

First of all; the best of the best reading, starts here:

And the next best step, is : Apply For Paid CDL Training

Before (or) After, perhaps:

I know, we sure do have a WEALTH of information, right here!

Just a little 'nudge' to help guide you, not offend you! Sorry about the wall of links!!!

So many forum members and mods ARE military veterans, and will be along shortly, to answer any and all questions related there, too!!

PackRat is a Mod to look into; one of SO MANY! Similar background.

IDMtnGal, as well...... look up these two!

Not to LEAVE ANY OUT, just a few quick thoughts on the top of my head, for now. So many companies are extremely veteran grateful, with costs, training, etc. and even extra/additional training pay.

So glad you are looking into finally moving on with your dream; AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: My dad & Brother are both (late) retired Navy.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Joshua F.'s Comment
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Hello everyone, I’m excited to be here and to be exploring the idea of getting my CDL. I’m just getting my feet wet and trying to determine the best route for me and the best company. I’m 28 years old, I have a wife and 2 little boys at home and also a navy veteran. I’m currently living in El Cajon, CA just outside of San Diego. The only company I’ve spoke to over the phone has been swift and they seemed to hit my wickets but we will see how it all plays out. They told me starting out in my area I could be home every other day maybe every few days with a $1000 guarantee weekly.

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Welcome to Trucking Truth, Joshua!

First of all; the best of the best reading, starts here:

And the next best step, is : Apply For Paid CDL Training

Before (or) After, perhaps:

I know, we sure do have a WEALTH of information, right here!

Just a little 'nudge' to help guide you, not offend you! Sorry about the wall of links!!!

So many forum members and mods ARE military veterans, and will be along shortly, to answer any and all questions related there, too!!

PackRat is a Mod to look into; one of SO MANY! Similar background.

IDMtnGal, as well...... look up these two!

Not to LEAVE ANY OUT, just a few quick thoughts on the top of my head, for now. So many companies are extremely veteran grateful, with costs, training, etc. and even extra/additional training pay.

So glad you are looking into finally moving on with your dream; AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: My dad & Brother are both (late) retired Navy.

Thank you for all that information definitely gives me a place to start. I’m sort of at a wall right now on where I should start and how I should get there.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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