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Old School's Comment
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You're taking my off day statement way out of context btw.

Not really Cory.

You may think I have kind of been a little sarcastic or maybe a smart aleck, but actually what I am usually trying to do in here is to make people think.

You are certainly welcome to pursue one of those combat zone jobs overseas, and you may very well be one of the fortunate ones who comes back alive. I have a friend who went over there as an air conditioner contractor for the military. He was dead broke here in the states, and he was desperate to establish himself. He survived, but decided to come back after he got kidnapped for ransom money, and had to be rescued by some Special Operations Army Rangers. He barely got out of there.

If making a bout seventy grand here in a peaceful land doesn't appeal to you, then go for it. But if you aren't capable of pulling down about seventy grand here, I don't think you are anywhere near prepared for what you are going to face over there. That is the kind of thinking I'm not having much success getting you to do, but there will be some who read what you wrote, and will think more deeply about this whole conversation because of the things I stated in here. There is no such thing as "big money" in Trucking. There is no such thing as "easy money" in trucking. There are a lot of opportunities in trucking, but each of them has it's own costs and commitments. You are looking into one with huge complications, yet all you seem to be seeing are the big paychecks. The pursuit of the dollar is something we all do, but some of us seem to get blinded by the lure of quick and easy wealth and don't even take seriously the problems that come along with such a pursuit.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cory D.'s Comment
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Cory get's defensive;

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You're taking my off day statement way out of context btw.

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"A right turn you hadn't experienced before that had an effect on you"... I think we all got the context. If a RHT has an effect on you (due to limited experience), what is going to happen when an RPG explodes near your truck...what effect will that have? Hope and luck are not strategies, unfortunately in an active war zone, that's all you may have to fall back on.

And ppl are getting hostile when I'm just trying to seek information on a trucking website about what other companies do offer job overseas. So far the only ones contributed anything was Auggie and Patrick because they talked about what I was asking in regards to going overseas. Other then that it's been bullying and bringing up a RHT I asked about months ago which was irrelevant to the OP.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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And ppl are getting hostile

You obviously don't even know the meaning of hostile, which totally makes our point here. No one has been "hostile," or tried to "bully" you.

And if you don't realize how relevant the right hand turn comment was, I seriously hope you don't go over there and get yourself killed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cory D.'s Comment
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And ppl are getting hostile

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You obviously don't even know the meaning of hostile, which totally makes our point here. No one has been "hostile," or tried to "bully" you.

And if you don't realize how relevant the right hand turn comment was, I seriously hope you don't go over there and get yourself killed.

Let's just agree to disagree, your concerns are appreciated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I am gonna chime in. TBH, unless you have military experience inside a combat zone, it is foolish to go for that kinda job. You are "outside the wire" pretty much all the time. Trying to go over there while you are learning Trucking and try to learn combat situations as well........ do you even know what to look for when looking for IEDs? Do you know how to handle a firearm? (if you are even allowed to carry one). Do you have marksmanship training? Are you mentally prepared to take life? Have you been shot at? Have you had to deal with incoming indirect fire? (Rockets, mortars, etc..). Are you ready to see, smell, hear the horrors of combat? I have done 3 combat tours. Life outside the wire is precarious at best. There ARE reasons so many suffer PTSD from war.

Really think about what it is to be over there. You have to watch every man, woman, and child like a hawk. You have to learn when what you see isn't routine. The children over there have no issue trying to kill you. Are you prepared to kill them first? I am talking 6,7,8 year old children.

G-Town's Comment
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Cory proposed this:

Let's just agree to disagree, your concerns are appreciated.

You are a piece of work Cory. We are trying to help you clearly understand the incredible risk you take by driving in a hostile environment. You are ill equipped for this...

We'll agree that ignoring the advice of Patrick and Old School is foolish. Foolish and reckless. On you...

As they say in the Shark Tank, "I'm out".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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I am gonna chime in. TBH, unless you have military experience inside a combat zone, it is foolish to go for that kinda job. You are "outside the wire" pretty much all the time. Trying to go over there while you are learning Trucking and try to learn combat situations as well........ do you even know what to look for when looking for IEDs? Do you know how to handle a firearm? (if you are even allowed to carry one). Do you have marksmanship training? Are you mentally prepared to take life? Have you been shot at? Have you had to deal with incoming indirect fire? (Rockets, mortars, etc..). Are you ready to see, smell, hear the horrors of combat? I have done 3 combat tours. Life outside the wire is precarious at best. There ARE reasons so many suffer PTSD from war.

Really think about what it is to be over there. You have to watch every man, woman, and child like a hawk. You have to learn when what you see isn't routine. The children over there have no issue trying to kill you. Are you prepared to kill them first? I am talking 6,7,8 year old children.

Kind of takes pretrip inspections to a whole new level.

Rifle: Make sure magazine is fully loaded and there is a round in the chamber. Check to ensure safety is on and automatic fire selector is toggled to correct setting for current situation. In addition to the magazine in the rifle, you should have at least ten additional magazines in the event of a firefight.

Sidearm: Make sure magazine is fully loaded and there is a round in the chamber. Check to ensure safety is on. In addition to the magazine in the pistol, you should have at least two additional magazines in the event of a firefight.

First aid kit: The first aid kit should be fully stocked with serviceable supplies and securely mounted.

Local inhabitants: Inspect all persons encountered for indicators of hostile intent. Check their hands for weapons, cell phones (can be used as IED triggers), and suicide vest triggers. Be careful not to overlook inspecting women and children due to your possible cultural biases.

Belt driven alternator: Make sure all of the wires are connected. The belt should not be cracked or frayed and the free play on the belt should be between ½ to ¾ of an inch.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Auggie69's Comment
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Look into it. Who knows what the opportunities are nowadays compared to 10 years ago overseas as a contractor. Hell I think even the first 75K or so you earn isn't even taxable.

You'll never know until you apply.

Auggie69's Comment
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Https://dyncorp.jobs.net/en-US/job/truck-driver/J3F5X0746STRCBLF35S

G-Town's Comment
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Look into it. Who knows what the opportunities are nowadays compared to 10 years ago overseas as a contractor. Hell I think even the first 75K or so you earn isn't even taxable.

You'll never know until you apply.

Auggie are you driving in a war zone? It's a rhetorical question...why encourage someone to do something so dangerous?

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