Can You Let Me Know Where You Got Your Training?

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Davy A.'s Comment
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James, I'm not one to give marital advice by any means, but if your marriage may not or probably will not allow you to live this lifestyle of trucking, that is a large decision that you must face, none of us can make that for you. I can tell you from personal experience that my gal and I have barely made it work.

Again, I'm not telling you anything other than some basic facts, you are doing a lot to enter this field, but understand that it's different than any other line of work, it's an entire lifestyle change, most do not last more than a handful of months because they can not adapt to it. I would prepare yourself to accept it emotionally and mentally if it doesn't work out and readjust your gameplan.

Time and time again we've seen people come into the industry without even the barest thought that they might not make it through school and training. It's much harder than most realize so it's vital to make sure you're doing the absolute best you can. If this is the path you really want to go down, then go down it with confidence that you made the best decision you could.

Chris D.'s Comment
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I know Roehl transportation pays from day one even when you're in a classroom but I think it's only $500 a week until you start training

Almost forgot. They also need to accept drivers from North Carolina AND Florida because I'm going to eventually use Good Sam Mail Service so I can get a residential address through them so I can live in the truck. Thanks again!

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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As for Prime, you only need to have the ABILITY to get passport and TWIC. I came in with an expired passport, and no twic , I have yet to drive anything into Canada at almost 3 years, and I got my TWIC card on site, through payroll deduction.

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.

James M.'s Comment
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As for Prime, you only need to have the ABILITY to get passport and TWIC. I came in with an expired passport, and no twic , I have yet to drive anything into Canada at almost 3 years, and I got my TWIC card on site, through payroll deduction.

Thanks NaeNae. I actually started moving forward with Roehl. Filled out the application and just waiting to hear back from them. If I don't hear anything soon, Prime Inc. is definitely next in line.

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.

James M.'s Comment
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James, I'm not one to give marital advice by any means, but if your marriage may not or probably will not allow you to live this lifestyle of trucking, that is a large decision that you must face, none of us can make that for you. I can tell you from personal experience that my gal and I have barely made it work.

Again, I'm not telling you anything other than some basic facts, you are doing a lot to enter this field, but understand that it's different than any other line of work, it's an entire lifestyle change, most do not last more than a handful of months because they can not adapt to it. I would prepare yourself to accept it emotionally and mentally if it doesn't work out and readjust your gameplan.

Time and time again we've seen people come into the industry without even the barest thought that they might not make it through school and training. It's much harder than most realize so it's vital to make sure you're doing the absolute best you can. If this is the path you really want to go down, then go down it with confidence that you made the best decision you could.

Hey Davy,

It's ok. I took absolutely no offense to anything you said. If anything, I know I needed a lot of advice about 18 1/2 years ago BEFORE I got married.

She's going for divorce. It is what it is. It's been a loveless marriage for a loooooong time now anyways and separated 4 times altogether. I think the only reason we kept getting back together is that we're so use to each other and although there's no love, we still care about each other.

I guess she's going to head back to NJ and I've just completed an application with Roehl and waiting to hear back from them. Mellisa from Roehl said it might be a day or 2. Thanks!

BK's Comment
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James, I’m not trying to be cold hearted here, but you will fare better by being single as a driver.

The three rings of marriage:

1) The Engagement ring

2) The Wedding ring

3) The Suffering

James M.'s Comment
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James, I’m not trying to be cold hearted here, but you will fare better by being single as a driver.

The three rings of marriage:

1) The Engagement ring

2) The Wedding ring

3) The Suffering

Lol! Most definitely. I wish I had that advice BEFORE I got married. I was stupid. I believed in some kind of Walt Disney World type of love. I should have had my head examined!

I didn't take what you said as cold hearted. I say that as honesty.

James M.'s Comment
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Well, I just paid half rent using Flex and my account is down to a whopping $.25

I don't know whether to laugh or cry or both.

Even though Roehl hasn't asked for documents yet, I've uploaded all that I could.

Meanwhile, my wife is looking for a job and at least she's not being picky about what she wants.

James M.'s Comment
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Well, I contacted Mellisa from Roehl and asked if there was anything else that they needed from me. She said that they received my application and that I should get a call in 1 to 3 business days. I'm not sure if I sounded eager or desperate, but I just want to start ASAP.

Meanwhile, I read an article online. Not sure if it's true, but if it is then every trucking company out there should be knocking on my door...lol. Here's a quote from the article:

"As part of this study, ATA estimates that over the next 10 years, the industry will have to recruit nearly 1.2 million new drivers into the industry to replace retiring drivers, drivers that leave voluntarily (e.g., lifestyle) or involuntarily (e.g., driving records or failed drug test), as well as additional drivers needed for industry growth."

Now, if they need 1.2 million new drivers over the next decade, I'm surprised they haven't tried to bring the dead back to life and try training them....lol

SAP:

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.

PJ's Comment
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The ATA represents only the mega carriers. They have been spouting the driver shortage garbage for several years now.

The mega’s have huge turnover rate’s.

The economy is terrible and has been so for the last 2 years. Companies are going out of business monthly. Freight rates are in the toliet for several reasons, but one big reason is over capacity of trucks.

So riddle me this: If rates are depressed because of to many available trucks how can it be true there is a severe driver shortage??

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