Truck Driving in Afghanistan

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  1. brank

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    It's not funny. TruckRunner is sort of like a stable genius.
     
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  3. The Gels

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    And yeah, the more I think, the more I'd say you wouldn't want to be a truck driver in Afghanistan. Not if you're an American. There are a lot less US Forces there now. Even when there were, they weren't every where. Between the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS now, and the corrupt ANA and ANP, it won't work well for you. You probably won't have to worry about IEDs on base, but you'll be spending a lot of time in the soak lots. Anything can happen in there. A soak lot is where they keep trucks for 1-3 days, incase they are VBIEDs. They'll blow up in the soak lot instead of on base if they are timed. And those are massive explosions. You can hide a LOT of HME in a truck.

    That all said, I don't think 6 figures is worth it to be a truck driver there.
     
  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    They don't just drive on the base. They run supply conveys that go to other bases too. And while you probably won't get IED'd on base, those pesky mortars find their way in. Living conditions can be somewhat harsh too. Those heated and air conditioned tents don't really stay that comfortable.
     
  5. The Gels

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    Pft, those things were a godsend, but we were living primitive for 8 days out, 2 days back.
     
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  6. Old-school trucker

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    It's TRUE but good luck with getting hired. I'm a combat veteran and haven't been able to get over there yet. I made the job description fit in my resume and still never got a call
     
  7. The Gels

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    How long ago did you get out? I only ask, because a lot of the companies out there want people who were in within the last 5 years and/or hold a current security clearance. Those things are expensive to get.
     
  8. Ridgeline

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    Wait .... i thought you already made a lot more than low six digits?
     
  9. Old-school trucker

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    2003 to 2004
     
  10. The Gels

    The Gels Light Load Member

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    I think that may be the issue if you're applying for a position that wants veterans. They want more recent ones that still have adjudicated clearances because it saves them boatloads of money. I think a secret clearance investigation costs around 60 grand.
     
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  11. Old-school trucker

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    Shoot man I gave up once I started getting my disability. Plus I'm still able to work. I have no complaints about life right now
     
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