Close Protection and war zones
Many close protection operative are tempted by the cash incentives and the drama and excitement of the war zones. Certainly there has been a shift in market place with the governments withdrawing forces and visible presence from such areas due to public reactions to casualties and costs.
The legitimisation of the armed private security contractors in recent times has given birth to a completely new industry. It wasn’t long ago that such activities was conducted secretly and was generally regarded as illegitimate, now governments in particular that of USA have an open policy to use armed private contractors for various tasks.
The private security contractor does not benefit from public support or sympathy, they also lack in most cases the benefits the regular soldier relies upon , such as legal framework when on deployment overseas, governmental level of support in logistic , medical and intelligence and not to mention being part of an a recognise and established national armed forces.
In short the private security contractor is exposed to more risk and threat and with very few tools to mitigate them strategically or tactically.
With the influx of service men from many countries into the armed contractor industry who are willing to work for less fees the financial rewards have certainly taken a down turn.
Though the article is entitled close protection and war zones make no mistake when in deployment overseas into war zones you are no longer a bodyguard in its civilian context which by its very title expresses a positive and protective motive and you are easily distinguishable, but for all intent and purpose you are an armed private contractor.
Armed security contractors perform many tasks many of which are outside the remit of a bodyguard and you will be indistinguishable from the local variety of guns for hire .You will potentially be escorting individuals associated with questionable motives, histories and despised by many for good reasons and if all of that means nothing as long as you get paid then the moral ground is no longer the field you walk on and as such you are fair game for judgement by people who will view you with hostility and will target you with the same vigour as they will the individuals you are assigned to and remember you will have very little to fall back on in the way of support.
So if you are ex-military and just miss the action and nothing else matters then go forth, but if you are a civilian close protection operative stay put and work within a civilian arena.
views are that of my own