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!