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WTF? Comparing "truckers" to soliders who are "serving our country"

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by H2oBoy, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. H2oBoy

    H2oBoy Regular Member

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    Earlier today, a friend of mine posted a comment on FB stating that they're thinking about getting their CDL and getting into trucking, simply because they're tired of their current job (retail sales @ furniture store)...and that 'trucking' would pay better!

    Of course, a few friends stated their opinion...which were across the board from:

    1. Can't tell you want to do but it's good money! (Yeah..if you're an Owner/Operator)
    2. Go get a job @ Pepsi OR Coke and they'll train you!
    3. Trucking sucks as you're on the road for weeks at a time and you're away from your family!
    (Mind you, this friend just had a baby less than a two weeks ago!)
    4. Don't do it, not worth it!
    5. Etc.,etc.,

    After about a dozen or so "replies", where about two-thirds were basically saying "Don't do it", one of the comments from another friend was this:

    "...I don't understand why everyone is so negative about trucking! Yeah you are away form your family a lot, but so are soldiers!"

    And my jaw almost dropped to the floor!

    Why?

    Well, IMHO, comparing "being a trucker" to "active military duty" are two different beasts all-together!

    I can see how MOST new recruits can take pride in being a 'SOLDIER...out there fighting for FREEDOM for everyone in their (United States) country!

    NOTE: I don't care what YOUR thoughts are on the matter of 'war' or whatnot..or what one country is doing to another..this post is simply debating the fact that becoming a 'trucker' is NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME as one joining the military and becoming a 'soldier'..

    Plus, the "military benefits" are pretty damn good when compared to the benefits of being a 'trucker'!

    While both occupations attract their fare share of 'newbies', for a lack of better terminology, at least when your active duty is over and you choose to leave, you have a lot more going for you in way of a 'background/experience' that you can apply to a new job/career than if you were a 'trucker' for the same amount of time and then decided to quit!

    Also, I don't see a whole lot of 'fat' soldiers coming out of serving "x" number of years in their respective military branch, but I sure do see a sh** load of fat truckers! Wonder why? Mmmm..maybe it's because "truckers" sit on their asses for up to 14 hours a day, 6 or even 7 days a week! Not a whole lot of 'exercise' doing that job I guess!

    So, what are your thought?
    Can you rightfully compare what 'truckers' do to our society in the same breath as our active soldiers?
    Or am I right to assume that truckers are no where near performing the same level of service as to our armed forces?

    Thoughts/Opinions are welcomed!




     
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    hammertime15 Newbie

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    Sounds to me like they were just speaking to the "being away from your family" part and pointing out that soldiers and their families are often separated for much longer than truckers and their families, I might add in much more dangerous conditions in somecases. To me, the bottom line of their comment was if soldiers can leave for as long as they do, a trucker should be able to handle a few weeks at a time.
     
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    marusia Senior Member

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    The military benefits are good, huh? They don't come close to what they would need to be to justify serving the country.

    With that being said, I don't see what the problem was with the statement they made. They are both away from their families a lot. Maybe a strange comparison though.

    There's nothing wrong with being a trucker, it's an honest living.
     
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    facebookdude Elite Member

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    Thought this was gonna be a news article or something lol. Not just something some random dude said.
     
  6. blackberry

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    You asked for my opinion...

    In my opinion your over-thinking and blowing this issue totally out of proportion.
    The reference of comparing truckers to soldiers for being away for a long time is simply that....a similarity in terms of the amount of time spent away from family.

    Your mixing up context. In other words ComparING and COMParision.
     
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    Are they really that different when it comes to serving our country? Well yes they are actually and you are right, they don't compare. Lets see, our soldiers are fighting battles over seas. Now don't get me wrong, I respect them for doing what they do, but I do not respect us fighting wars where the people don't even want us there. I'm not gonna get too much into that because I can become very opinionated.

    Now for truckers: Well I have a class a cdl license, I haven't driven for years but, none the less I do have it and can drive if I want to. Now did you know that our whole country relies on truck drivers? Where do you think your toilet paper comes from? Food? Beer? Get the point? If truck drivers across america went on strike, there would be a widespread panic after just 2 days! To add to that statement, there is a law in place that states if that ever did happen, (ironically) the u.s. military has the authority to force drivers to deliver goods or face imprisonment on federal charges. So don't think for a second that truck drivers don't play just an important role in our county's well being :D
     
  8. H2oBoy

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    Curious..what was it about the title of this thread that made you think it was a 'news article'...? Do people post a lot of 'news article related posts' in the Black Hat Lounge?
     
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    Sure they do. This is the first thread I've seen regarding a facebook comment.
     
  10. H2oBoy

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    Ok..I'll admit I do see the "OCCASIONAL" news related story being talked about here on BHW...Guess what I perceive as a 'few here and there' is a lot different than A LOT! My bad!

    Oh yeah..I know the importance of truckers and what they provide to us..but with NO MILITARY to defend us from outside sources, I'm pretty sure the need for 'truckers' would be the least of our worries!

    I wouldn't say I was over-thinking...more of dis-belief that someone would compare those two types of careers and assume that those who choose one over the other are doing it for the very same reasons!

    They're only the same in the regards that both are away from their families! However, I guess my issue is/was with the 'assumption' as to WHY someone becomes a trucker or why someone joins the military.

    However, I do appreciate your honest feedback though! Like I said, thoughts/opinions were appreciated!

    That's a debate for another thread! But you have to admit that regardless of whether or not the benefits are up to par with what needs to be done to receive them, they're still far-and-away better than what a family would get in return for the 'bread winner' being a 'trucker!' I've never heard of a 'Trucker Bill', that's on par with the "G.I. Bill".
    Also, let's be honest, enlistees are well aware of the dangers that come with the job, the same way those who become cops and firefighters are aware of the dangers in their jobs!

    Spot on! Not arguing there!

    And I agree with that statement as well!

    I'll say this though...the more I think about WHY one becomes a trucker vs enlisting, the more I realize I need to just nip this topic in the butt in fear of pissing people off who may have a friend/family member who is a 'trucker'...

    So, with that being said...I appreciate the comments from those who took the time to respond!

    Appreciate everyone sharing their opinions!