So you have a fluid moral code, need to leave the country and make money. Well, I have a job that is perfect for you. Private Military Contractor, or Gun for Hire. You’ll be able to travel the globe, see interesting, beautiful, exotic locations and then blow them up with high explosives. So I guess I sold you with the explosion part, didn’t I you little sociopath. Here’s how to become a Mercenary.
What is a Mercenary?
Well, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a Mercenary is a soldier who is paid by a foreign country to fight in its army: a soldier who will fight for any group or country that hires him. Alternatively and in a more modern context, a mercenary is a combatant that has no political or national motives, but is only in combat for personal gain. Sounds like a bang up type of guy and a solid career path huh?
How to Become one
As a Merc most of your time will be spent in a war-zone, so military training is kind of a pre-requisite. Unless you have a death wish or the confidence that hours and hours of First Person Shooter practice will keep you alive. Most companies also prefer military training. There is a fast track into a Private Military gig. Strangely it runs through Paris and the recruiting center for the French Foreign Legion. This secretive sect of the French military only accepts non-French citizen. Four years of brutal training (they have more training causalities than any other military in the world) will get you a new name, a French passport and the ability to work for almost any Private military company. They were the first to hit the ground in both Bosnia and the first Gulf War but are not the type to toot their own horn.
Alternatively you can serve your own country’s elite military corps, and that will also get you a golden ticket to be part of Willie Wonka’s death machine.
What Will You Do?
Mercenaries have a variety of responsibilities, some protect persons of interest, others guard military facilities, some are contracted to protect criminals and dictators. Oh, all of that in the bloodiest, most brutal of war-zones. The nefarious and ethical gets trumped by the size of the contract. The newest Private Military Contractor, based out of Germany, Asgaard was contracted to protect the self-appointed (see dictator) of Somalia. Please check your ethics away on the dotted line.
So Why the Hell Would You Do it?
Money, um Money and Money. Most Mercenaries make around 200.000 to 300.000 dollars a year. Again though you will be risking your life almost every single day, so I guess you can put a price on a life. It’s just around 1.2 Million.
Have you been a private military contractor? Let us know about your experience but don’t kill us afterword’s.