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Could a young American with little qualification, one who wasn't able to get into the military such as for drugs, criminal record or mental illness, have obtained any type of employment as some kind of low-level civilian contractor in Afghanistan or Iraq c. 2003-2010?

Could a young American with little qualification, one who wasn't able to get into the military such as for drugs, criminal record or mental illness, have obtained any type of employment as some kind of low-level civilian contractor in Afghanistan or Iraq c. 2003-2010?

Cute_Horror_3045

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oldspice75

I want to know how plausible this is for a story I'm thinking of writing


ZacHefner

Subcontractor working for Blackwater, sure.


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oldspice75

What I mean is, were civilian contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq ex-military or others who were qualified in some way, or could they have been anyone without qualification (like a basic high school graduate) who was willing to go there?


Roor_The_Bear

Absolutely. %100 PMC's were involved in the insane torture and prisoner abuse with US, CIA, & Coalition forces in 2003 at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. It was a big deal. Edit: The torture scandal was a big deal; nobody gave a shit about 'not mercs' being there at the time.


AppropriateRent2308

Yes they were looking for truck drivers, amongst other things.


misterforsa

Absolutely yes. Thay being side, those civilian contractor jobs were well sought after due to high pay (at least $120k) where many of them did absolutely nothing but stay on base in their offices. So most of em were filled by people who were connected, not unlike how the mafia works or any other nepotistic organization.


oldspice75

If a young man without a degree or major connections was prevented from joining the military due to an issue such as history of drugs or mental health, would it have been plausible that he could get to iraq or afghanistan anyway as a low-level civilian contractor of some kind?


misterforsa

Sure. If you set that up in your story. E.g. contractors were desperate to fill positions and took anyone who applied etc.