I turned down an overseas contract job today

I turned down an overseas contract job today

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    I turned down an overseas contract job today

    I really canít believe it took me so long to say ď no thanksĒ.

    The background is, I was contacted by an old friend, who was accepting a job in Afghanistan, who was asked to find or recommend others who would meet the general requirements for this job. So, he got on the horn and gave me a call, as well as two of our old group that lives in Pennsylvania, and another in Texas.

    Big money is offered, but out of curiosity, I asked what the job was, and why they would even consider us older guys.
    He said it was a State Department contract job, and that he did not know the particulars, but that it obviously had something to do with security, as one of the minimum requirements was a mid level security clearance, and a background that included some form of special operations training or experience.

    Now, I would mostly certainly like to think I am up to it, but Iím going to have to admit to myself that not only do I think Iím a little unfit for this stuff, but ...., and probably the hardest thing to admit; is that itís a little scary at this point in my life.

    There, I said it. The entire idea scares the hell out of me. I am entirely out of touch with the special ops community, and have no clue what is going on, or how things are done these days. It has been over 27 years since I left active duty.

    I love my wife and family, I love my dog!

    For two weeks I have turned this over in my mind, and tried to play out every angle and scenario, and anyway it plays out, I just do not trust the State Department or the idea of being back in the sandbox outside the protection of being a military service member.

    Even though the job is only 6 months, I just canít bring myself to leave home. I donít want to be hung out to possibly die in some crap hole for something I know nothing about.

    So today, I came to the realization that Iím not even a shadow of who I use to be. I now have to much to lose, and have fear.

    Lol, thanks for listening, but I had to say it in some way. You read this entire thing just to hear me admit that I have lost my nerve!

    But thanks for listening!
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    How much does it pay ÖÖ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxHeavy View Post
    How much does it pay ÖÖ...
    $35 per hour, 24/7 which is about 24k per month
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    GOOD DECISION.
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    That place is a crap hole. You can't tell who the good guys are when even those in friendly uniforms kill our boys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    $35 per hour, 24/7 which is about 24k per month
    $840.00 / per day Ö...Hmmm....not bad at all.....what's the age limit.

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    Lost your nerve? Not near as bad as losing your mind. My son worked with those guys in Peshawar, and they do make the bucks, but it's easy to be making the big bucks today and meeting your maker tomorrow. Money won't buy happiness if you're dead, and you never see a hearse hauling a U-Haul trailer for the guy who is taking it all with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    I really canít believe it took me so long to say ď no thanksĒ.

    The background is, I was contacted by an old friend, who was accepting a job in Afghanistan, who was asked to find or recommend others who would meet the general requirements for this job. So, he got on the horn and gave me a call, as well as two of our old group that lives in Pennsylvania, and another in Texas.

    Big money is offered, but out of curiosity, I asked what the job was, and why they would even consider us older guys.
    He said it was a State Department contract job, and that he did not know the particulars, but that it obviously had something to do with security, as one of the minimum requirements was a mid level security clearance, and a background that included some form of special operations training or experience.

    Now, I would mostly certainly like to think I am up to it, but Iím going to have to admit to myself that not only do I think Iím a little unfit for this stuff, but ...., and probably the hardest thing to admit; is that itís a little scary at this point in my life.

    There, I said it. The entire idea scares the hell out of me. I am entirely out of touch with the special ops community, and have no clue what is going on, or how things are done these days. It has been over 27 years since I left active duty.

    I love my wife and family, I love my dog!

    For two weeks I have turned this over in my mind, and tried to play out every angle and scenario, and anyway it plays out, I just do not trust the State Department or the idea of being back in the sandbox outside the protection of being a military service member.

    Even though the job is only 6 months, I just canít bring myself to leave home. I donít want to be hung out to possibly die in some crap hole for something I know nothing about.

    So today, I came to the realization that Iím not even a shadow of who I use to be. I now have to much to lose, and have fear.

    Lol, thanks for listening, but I had to say it in some way. You read this entire thing just to hear me admit that I have lost my nerve!


    But thanks for listening!
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    Glad you didn't. Thinking I'm coming up that way in the spring/early summer. Planning on making a side trip to see you. (Mike is right about common sense! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    So today, I came to the realization that Iím not even a shadow of who I use to be. I now have to much to lose, and have fear.

    Lol, thanks for listening, but I had to say it in some way. You read this entire thing just to hear me admit that I have lost my nerve!
    Or, perhaps, who you were was a shadow of who you are now?

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    You have Not gained Fear...You have gained Wisdom!. Money is Not Everything,Life is!.

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    It is kind of hard coming to the realization that we aint what we used to be.

    Retirement has changed me in so many ways. I could literally walk into any Ferrari or Lamborghini car dealership and lay down cash for any car on the lot. There was a time that would have been a fantasy but not anymore. I'm not sure if i have matured or just grown old. And I'm not sure if it even matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Old Anglo View Post
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