Infantry: January 30, 2003


The US State Department uses a contractor known as DynCorp to provide bodyguards for key US officials in the most dangerous areas. The contract requires that the bodyguards be extensively experienced in special operations; most of them are SEALS or Delta force alumni with a smattering of Rangers, Special Forces, and Marine Recon. Just how many people receive these special body guards is classified but the number is probably less than ten. Afghan President Karzai (originally provided with Delta and then SEAL bodyguards) has had his security team replaced by DynCorps operatives who are each paid $180,000 per year. The size of a protective unit can vary widely, up to as many as 50 people, not all of whom are in the top pay bracket.--Stephen V Cole


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