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15 October 2007

More About Blackwater: Bounty For Finding (Fighting-Fit) Bodies?

A regular reader who'd rather remain anonymous sends us this. (Scroll down a bit).

From: Blackwater Employment
Date: Jul 10, 2007 4:24 PM
Subject: Blackwater Security Positions - Available for people with experience
To: xxxx

Dear Friend,

In order to staff a current contract, Blackwater Worldwide is offering a $1,000.00 referral fee for a limited time.Payable to any member of the Blackwater Tactical Community who refers a qualified candidate who successfully deploys for us to an area of Blackwater operation.

Referrals are paid only when the candidate reports for the duty assignment in the area of operations.In the event of a referral dispute, Blackwater Worldwide reserves the right at its sole discretion to determine the referral fee recipient.


Qualifications Note -These are hard requirements! Please do not apply if you do not not meet these basic requirements.

8 years of Military service with qualifications in one of the following: US Navy SEALS, Army Special Forces or Rangers, Marine Force Recon, Air Force PJ or CCT.

Must have or be eligible for US Government Secret Clearance.

Must be a US Citizen!

Must have a minimum of one year experience in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Must be proficient in small arms and be in excellent physical condition.

If you or someone you know is interested, please send resumes to D.CXXXXX at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

We appreciate your time and consideration.

Anonymous claims the email came from here.

We're not sure what we should think.

What about you?

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Blogger Big Chip Dale said...

Damn. If only that was for somebody in Wales, I'd have been perfect for the job and you'd be $1000 richer.

12:26 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

$1,000? A lousy £500? Jeeze, if life's so cheap in the states no wonder they show so little respect for it -- anywhere.

1:15 am  
Anonymous bootlian said...

I wonder how long it will be before the USA comes up with privately run press gangs?

And believe me, I'm only half joking when asking that question.

1:17 pm  
Anonymous dutch said...

Note the referral fee was to current Blackwater employees for a particular type of mercenary. This is word of mouth recruitment, not uncommon especially in the spook area, but the fee isn't all that much either.

There already is a lot of private security in the US. Most of it extremely low paying with obviously minimal qualifications, much of it is actually temp work for individuals who are still trying to find a real job.

The referral offer actually says nothing about Blackwater's actual minimal standards, only about the level they will pay an internal referral fee on.

9:27 pm  
Blogger gordo said...

I have to disagree with dutch. This doesn't look to me like word of mouth recruiting. It looks like a viral public relations campaign.

If you look at the qualifications, you notice that they go far beyond the real qualifications for a Blackwater mercenary. Not all are US citizens, and they definitely don't all have 8 years of experience in elite units like the SEALS and Rangers. In fact, I'm not sure that all of their mercenaries are veterans.

This looks like an attempt to communicate the idea that Blackwater doesn't just hire a bunch of drunken cowboys. That said, I'm sure they'd be happy to pay a $1000 referral fee if it gets them a guy with 8 years of Special Forces experience.

3:09 am  
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