The 3 most popular myths about mercenary contractors

Myth 1: Contractors are hired to smash doors, ride in armored cars, bullet from heavy machine guns and sniper fire.

To a certain extent, it is true. Most private guards are recruited from the local, which are carefully checked and studied before training. Training is conducted in the army style. They are very well paid for the safety of personnel and the safety of equipment. They are engaged in entry points, access points, search of local personnel, search of transport and patrols.

Contractors train local guards and monitor their compliance with customer requirements. There are armored vehicles and in some localities heavy weapons, but this is in case of catastrophic events, as in the province of Khost in the 2009th year.

There are skilled snipers among contractors, but hired them not for this occupation. Tools are used to protect manpower, not offensive operations.

Contractors get equipment that security staff could envy. The customer supplies the basic tools and equipment for the contractor to perform its functions. This includes SIBZ, unloading, first aid kits, helmets, small and long weapons, usually M-4, but not limited to this. Most orders and other equipment, paying it out of pocket. Firearms are limited by what the customer has provided.

Myth 2: Contractors are not bound by local, state, or federal laws. They are outside the law and do not obey him

Not this way. If an incident is involved mercenary, then there is an investigation. The customer is responsible to the local government and the US government. The customer does not want to lose his contract due to some stupid reasons. Millions of dollars are invested in the project, and contractors – a necessary evil.

The incidents in the past left a very unpleasant impression on everyone. This is where the label mercenary pirates raiders come from.

Now there are guidelines and guarantees for such a case. Most likely, the customer will not spend too much time or effort on rescue, and initiates an investigation, which, if any violations of the established rules are found, will lead to the dismissal of the contractor and sending him home, and then, possibly, being arrested.

Myth 3: Contractors pay too much, and they work for corrupt officials and criminal companies

It depends on what “too much” means. Payment is calculated from work.

The proverb “you get what you paid for” was confirmed in 2010 in Iraq. PMC won a security contract outside of Baghdad. Employees were paid only 5 thousand dollars a month, the contract was for a year, the selection was so soft that anyone who saw a weapon in the army could pass it. Later, a problem with discipline came to light and many were sent home, not counting those who fled from such work. Later the contract was lost, and PMC Raised payment to the accepted level.

The lessons of the past dictate the current level of prices and standards in the present, and may change in the future. US private military companies receive very specific instructions from the government to prevent corruption and abuse. Licenses, protocols, certificates, reports, inventories are constantly updated to the extent that they interfere with work.

The 3 most popular myths about mercenary contractors

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