Paramilitary: May 18, 2004


The U.S. Department of Defense is still looking for civilians with combat skills for work in Iraq and Afghanistan. A recent solicitation by Blackwater Security Consulting sought qualified candidates for high risk environments. The company is seeking people for hostage rescue, and providing security for senior people. In general, candidates are being sought who have  special operations, intelligence, and law enforcement experience, with skills in the areas of Hostage Rescue, Close Quarter Battle, Structure Penetration, Intelligence Collection, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Forward Observer/Call-for-Fire, Reconnaissance and Surveillance, Sniper/Counter-Sniper Operations, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Operations, Counter-narcotics/Counterterrorist Operations, Small Unit Tactics, Raid Conduct and Training, Medic, Communications. The personal security candidates need skills such as; Force Protection, Executive/Close Protection, Reconnaissance and Surveillance, Close Quarter Battle, Intelligence Collection/Interrogation, Area of Operation language skills. The third set of jobs was for people to staff forward operating bases and required skills like; Field Generator Operations, Field Fueling Operations, Water System Operations, Field Food Program Operations, Field Sanitation Operations, Field Construction Operations. 

All candidates must be U.S. citizens, be in good mental and physical health, communicate well in English, have an international drivers license, age 20-55, able to obtain a SECRET security clearance and pass a background check (that is, no criminal record.)

All candidates will increase their chances of being hired if they have any of the following desirable skills; . Positive can-do attitude even during difficult circumstances, Team player, Willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a job well-done, Previous weapons training, CPR/First Aid certified, Understand Use of Force principles, Surveillance skills, Proficiency in use of radio, electronic and computer equipment. 

These jobs pay over $100,000 a year, plus benefits, depending on skill and experience. 


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