posted on Apr, 27 2013 @ 05:47 PM
As a contractor I can tell you we are always looked at with distrust and considered an expensive option. It just isn't true. The fact of the matter
is, you have cowboy outfits and professional outfits. The average age of PMCs is much higher than line infantry in most militaries and most of the
ones you see doing PSDs or direct action are typically very well trained and equipped guys. I would say average age is mid to late 30s. Many of the
companies don't hire yahoos who think doing their 4 or 5 in the military, regardless of position, is enough to warrant getting into the PMC world. I
would say the worst guys to work with are former cops or pretenders. In 2006-2008 many law enforcement were picked up by private military companies
to fill the ranks so to speak. These guys have huge mouths and egos with terrible fitness and no professionalism whatsoever. I doubt any could do 5
miles in 40 min in full kit, let alone 5 miles period. The pretenders somehow slipped through the cracks and got a job, either by lying on their CV
or knowing someone. They sound good in the locker room and they look good on paper, but they're weak when they put their cleats on. It sucks to know
you have to work with someone who knows #uck-all and hasn't done anything. Unless you want to do static security for some facility, you have to be a
relatively slick dude to do the "fun" stuff. That means 10+ years of military experience with preferably some special forces experience or training.
Milkyway12 is right on. There is a general stigma associated with PMCs (aka Mercs, I hate that word), and for the most part barring a few examples,
the stigma is undeserved and based on ignorance. The whole Blackwater and Aegis stuff is rotten, yeah. Dyncorp has been in some ambiguous positions
in their history, too. But the vast majority of these companies have professional records and their employment relies in part on their ability to do
the job dispassionately, professionally, and as cleanly as possible, whatever that job is.
Do you have any idea how often the US military has blue on blue incidents? The Brits joke that Americans are more dangerous to them than the Talibs.
I have a feeling that whatever bad news that most people know about private military companies/contractors is relatively small compared to the
atrocities and crap perpetrated by or generated by official US military deployment.
I think people believe we lack morality, which just isn't true. Sure, some guys are total jerks who don't give a damn, but you get that in every
industry, every profession, every culture. After prostitution, mercenaries, free companies, private military contractors, whatever you want to call
them, is probably the 2nd oldest profession.
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