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Ryan S.'s Comment
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Ok so I'm a newbie. Im currently in the Marine Corps over in afghanistan and am looking to get into trucking once I get out. I've looked into a lot of companies and have found that crete seems to be the best and have decided to go to one of their accredited schools and get my CDL and try to get hired by them. What are yall's thought on Crete and how do most truckers look at the Crete/Shaffer/Hunt Compnay?

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

Crete and that whole family of companies are pretty solid. Crete, last I knew, was still one of the only companies I know of that gives their drivers a choice of up to three different loads whenever there are several available. I'm not sure if they still do it, but if they do, it's a fantastic policy! I mean, I would have loved to have the choice once in a while - but most companies won't do that for ya.

But I've always heard good things about those companies. The biggest difference will be whether or not you want dry van or refrigerated because there's a pretty good difference between the two and that family of companies offers both.

We have a great series of articles, including an 8-part series that I wrote, which covers how to choose the right trucking company to work for. You can find those here:

Finding the right truck driving job

Read through all of them - they all have good advice.

One of the biggest things to avoid is all of the people spewing garbage about these companies all over the Web. Places like RipoffReport and TheTruckersReport. And no company is immune to it.

As the articles I linked to will point out, the best source of quality information about what it's like to drive for a company is to speak with several of the company's current drivers face to face at a truck stop. Those guys are usually more than happy to give you a few minutes of their time and that's all it takes to find out what you'll need to know. You'll go around the web and find 5000 complaints about every company under the sun and you'll think "My God, there's not a good company on the planet!" Then you'll speak with some current drivers face to face and realize that feelings are far more positive toward the company than the anonymous clowns around the Web would have you believe.

Be careful where you get your information.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Jason C.'s Comment
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Welcome to the forum, Im also in the marines, getting out in a few weeks to get my new career started in trucking. Im looking into the Roehl Honor Program. I know alot of companies recruit veterans. Have you looked into the VA Apprentiship Program? Its a sweet deal. Heres the site for the Roehl Honor Program for veterans. Ive looked into Crete as well, good luck to you, its a tough choice for me lol. So many companies to choose from. But TT will set you in the right direction, definately become a avid user here, so many great people to learn from and brains to pick for knowledge. Whatever u need, you will find it here.

http://www.roehlhonorprogram.com/rhp.html

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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Ryan S.,

I also have Crete Carrier Corp. at the top of my list. I recently went to visit their Marietta, GA terminal. I was very impressed with the terminal and equipment. The various employees have also been very helpful and nice during our interactions. I graduate CDL school on Monday and will be making my final decision within the next couple of days. If you have any questions about them, I may be able to answer. Feel free to send me a personal message or ask on here. The only thing I would not be aware of is there military benefits. I do know they are considered military friendly and pay a couple more cents per mile to veterans.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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The one thing about their military program and getting payed more is that you have to have verifiable tractor trailor experience. My job in the Marine corps is i work on/fly on C-130's. But yes If you do go with Crete I would be Very interested in your experience with them!

Jason C.'s Comment
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Roehl doesnt have that stipulation lol. Just sayin.

Ryan S.'s Comment
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Jason C. what is your mos?

Jason C.'s Comment
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0621 field radio operator, stationed at MCAS New River NC

Ryan S.'s Comment
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Ohh..ok im with c-130s in cherry point.. but currently in afghan

Jason C.'s Comment
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Ol leatherneck huh.

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