When Life Throws You A Curveball...

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no chin's Comment
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Ok so those of you that know me you know i got out of the navy on july 1st. the navy said it would be 30 days before i would get my separation pay. well some desk jocky got lazy and didnt submit my paperwork within 20 days of my separation and now they have to do a full audit on my service before i can get my separation pay witch is 8000 after taxes. the audit will take about 90 days. now me and my fiencee are completly screwed with finances because i wont get BAH for my schooling untill september even though my school starts next monday the 4th. so we still dont know how we will get through august but sept shouldnt be a problem. but now we dont have 2000 dollars to get a new apt here in norfolk and we cant stay in our current apt. so we will prob be leaving hampton roads at the end of sept for somwhere in central virginia or north carolina. im not worried about after september cuz of the money i will be making in trucking will sustain us but these next too months are going to be prob the hardest months ive seen both personally and financially since my ex wife left me 5 years ago. BTW for those that dont know me or my former post i am going to ATI in Va Beach and attending their CDL course that is 2 months long and 240 hours. I am also awaiting final word from TMC and Melton and will go with TMC over melton.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tony B.'s Comment
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Thank you for your service. Sounds like you have your fecal matter consolidated. It will be alright......

no chin's Comment
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Lol ty more like Poop creek with the paddle just out of reach lol

no chin's Comment
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Well one bit of good news just got my pre hire letter for TMC so looks like i will be going with TMC!!

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Starcar's Comment
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So...since you are "unfunded" for the present time, you may qualify for some temp services. Check with the VA in your area...keep on 'em..thats what they are there for...Go to the VFW...see what they can do....you never know where you will find an angel willing to cover you with a wing...

Chris L.'s Comment
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No Chin, Dude that sucks. I found in the last ten years of my service that people just dont want to do thier jobs at all. They work harder at getting out of work than just doing thier job in the first place. One thing you can do is call your congressman. You should not have to suffer for the stupidity of others. He/she will have a local office in town. Call or stop by. Tell them exactly what is going on. Its amazing what they can do with a simple phone call. Dont be shy tell them you are now in finacial straights because of an error on someone elses part. Good luck brother!

no chin's Comment
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No Chin, Dude that sucks. I found in the last ten years of my service that people just dont want to do thier jobs at all. They work harder at getting out of work than just doing thier job in the first place. One thing you can do is call your congressman. You should not have to suffer for the stupidity of others. He/she will have a local office in town. Call or stop by. Tell them exactly what is going on. Its amazing what they can do with a simple phone call. Dont be shy tell them you are now in finacial straights because of an error on someone elses part. Good luck brother!

thats what Brad my TMC recruiter told me to do yesterday when he called to give me the good news. i think i will give them till the 15th of august and then ill call. meanwhile my fiencee's boss is giving us a loan to help us get through till the end of sept and im paying him back with my separation money. so at least now we can get by. but yeah it took GTMO 3 months to send me home when by Navy Instruction they have two weeks. So norfolk PSD aint the only ones at fault here with this. my fiencee says this may just be a blessing in disguise becuase she has been wanting to leave hampton roads as much as i have and the only reason i agreed to stay was her new job but now she has decided to leave it at the end of September and she will start getting her CNA certification in Henderson NC when we move.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
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