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Bryan E.'s Comment
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I'm the guy with the four DUIs over ten years ago. Been sober for ten. 90 percent companies won't hire me. But folks 10 percent will! I got two for sure offers after I get my cdl. I'm real close to being approved for company sponsored academy paid by company as long as I work a year, and it's a pretty decent company and the terminal is only an hour from my home. I'm taking it if I get in. I'm pretty serious about getting my cdl. If that company don't take me I gotta backup plan for the other two offers. Academy starts march 5th.

Now, i am also looking at the Michigan dept. of corrections job as a correctional officer. As I stated I got that background issue but they are looking into it. Both options have pros and cons, but personally I'd rather drive truck.

A lot to deal with psychologically making a career change. Wife is not standing by it, but for the wrong reasons. I believe being otr will help relationship. It's not good, but I'm making a move. We won't make it at rate were going anyway. Perhaps the 11-14 gone and 3 home will bring some quality back in relationship. Honest folks, it can't hurt. It's not good. I have a chance to double my income in two years im not passing it up, and will make the sacrifices i need to make to do it.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Being a prison guard is a very tough way to make a living. It's a terrible environment. My dad was a prison guard at the famous Attica Prison and he hated it. I lived in the town of Attica for twelve years and had a chance to speak with quite a few guards and all of them agreed the job is very difficult to deal with psychologically.

That being said, trucking can be equally difficult and it's plain to see from surfing the Web or talking to truckers in person that a whole lot of them are miserable. I thought trucking was a fantastic adventure and I loved the challenges you face in such a unique and dynamic environment.

Neither job gets high ratings overall from the people who do them, but for the right people they're fantastic. They really have to suit your personality and life goals.

PJ's Comment
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Bryan it’s hard to tell, both fields are hard on a relationship. I will tell you this from my experience. I was a career cop, not corrections a small town police officer. Proffessionally I did great. However after 30 years it cost me 2 marriages. It’s a tough career, but I felt it was worth it. I got into trucking after 1 yr off for good behavior, lol retiring. I had a plan in place for a semi local job but I had to get the cdl and 2 yrs experience. It took 3 for me to get there but I did. In the process it almost cost me a third time. At least I wasn’t married. Never the less it can be taxing on the relationship. In my case it was a curse and a blessing. After being gone for extended times frames this one learned to appreciate me more. People tend to get comfortable and complacient. Sometimes it takes a signicficant emotional event to get things back on track. I feel for you and wish you the best

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.
Bryan E.'s Comment
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I am able to do conform to rules and structure if I need to. It would take an adjustment but I think I could do the prison guard. The benefits for the state are real good. I want to see if it's at least an option due to my record. I should know more in a week or so.

My personality I believe would fit well for a truck driver. I'll be honest I like to be alone. I can entertain myself just fine with my YouTube programs i loke, audiobooks, or audio bible or different preachers I like. Unless my relationship with the wife would improve were on our way out. I'll miss my kids, but i would see them during hometown. I have no feelings for my wife atm.

I got accepted as a union pipefitter. Good wages after a few years, good benefits, and a pension plan. First few years would be a struggle. Just gotta wait to get called when they get to me. I expect it to happen this year. It's an option but if rather do the above two.

Of all employment I would rather drive truck and go otr for a year or two. If I don't like it or it just isn't working there is slot I can do with my cdl. I see it as a sacrifice but a win win.

I'd be tempted to take the prison guard with the hourly pay and it and benefits and I'm not ruling that out. If i did that for a year or two and didnt like it i could drive truck. It's a win win.

I appreciate your encouragement and this site. It's helping me to get the right mindset for me as it will be a big transition and change for me.

Being a prison guard is a very tough way to make a living. It's a terrible environment. My dad was a prison guard at the famous Attica Prison and he hated it. I lived in the town of Attica for twelve years and had a chance to speak with quite a few guards and all of them agreed the job is very difficult to deal with psychologically.

That being said, trucking can be equally difficult and it's plain to see from surfing the Web or talking to truckers in person that a whole lot of them are miserable. I thought trucking was a fantastic adventure and I loved the challenges you face in such a unique and dynamic environment.

Neither job gets high ratings overall from the people who do them, but for the right people they're fantastic. They really have to suit your personality and life goals.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bryan E.'s Comment
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In my instance the only thing that can save my marriage is time apart. It's exactly what I need.

I can imagine it would be hard to deal with seeing the worse in people. I make 560 bucks a week raising a fam. I need this career change. Good luck in your career.

Bryan it’s hard to tell, both fields are hard on a relationship. I will tell you this from my experience. I was a career cop, not corrections a small town police officer. Proffessionally I did great. However after 30 years it cost me 2 marriages. It’s a tough career, but I felt it was worth it. I got into trucking after 1 yr off for good behavior, lol retiring. I had a plan in place for a semi local job but I had to get the cdl and 2 yrs experience. It took 3 for me to get there but I did. In the process it almost cost me a third time. At least I wasn’t married. Never the less it can be taxing on the relationship. In my case it was a curse and a blessing. After being gone for extended times frames this one learned to appreciate me more. People tend to get comfortable and complacient. Sometimes it takes a signicficant emotional event to get things back on track. I feel for you and wish you the best

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.
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