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[QUOTE=rebel2thegrave;99736]The United States Army.
Guaranteed paycheck every 16 days.
3 Meals a Day.
A free bed to sleep in, and a roof to sleep under.

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Your absolutly right!! Then again DOD is paying me every 7 days, no free meals, my bed is payed for but not the house!!j/k Im only 28 but I feel like im too old to join now, maybe its in my head, I always wished I had joined though. Im in good shape, no diseases, maybe they will take me. I would love to take a look at that list you are talking about.
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You wouldn't happen to have an AKO/DKO account would you? It's under http://www.acap.army.mil somewhere but I can't seem to find the link to it anymore, although I have the print out for it, thought I may need it one day.

PM me your particular skill sets, work experinces, and I'll point you in the right direction as far as applying goes if you want. And be sure to check every site. Some of these companies will pay and train you to work in a new field.

Here's a list of the International Employment Websites:

AECOM Government Services Inc.
www.aecom-gsi.com (May not work...)

CSA
www.csakuwait.com

CSC (Formerly DYNCORP)
www.csc.com

Honeywell
www.honeywell.com

ITT
www.itt.com

Brown&Root (Halliburton) <--- Ton's of jobs available for GREAT MONEY!
www.kbrjobs.com

Lear Siegler
www.egginc.com/html/lsi/htm

Lockheed Martin
www.lockheedmartin.com

Raytheon <---- Lots of jobs available here too.
www.raytheon.com

Vinnell
www.vinnell.com (May not work...)

Raytheon and KBR are hiring like clock-work around here. Those are your two best bets if you're really interested, and they also offer the broad range of jobs as far as skill sets are based. And just for a little inside info... I know a guy here working for KBR as a gym manager, that's right I said GYM MANAGER. He just supervises the gym we have here on this FOB which is entirely U.S. Army. He also helps out with sporting events from time to time, but he makes in the neighborhood of $150+ for 12 months. I'd take that job in a heartbeat if I wasn't obligated to another 6 years in the service...

Hope this was helpful!

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Hey Rebel, thanks for all the info. I will be checking these out, I checked around a bit yesterday after your first post about it and found a ton of info. Unfortunatly the wife and kids arent taking a likeing to this idea when I brought it up last night. My one daughter is 4 and was flat out pissed and upset, dont think she fully understood though. Ill look into the links you sent, thanks for all you hard work on getting these posted, im not writing it off yet.
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Well It`ll be a few days before they cut this off, but I wanted to say I appreciate all the info Rebel.I`ll be sending you a pm lol.
Ken I know what ya mean I hear people complaining about working all the time, Id give my left uhhmm for a job right now, I did a couple interviews and so far Ive heard Im over qualified and "that job is really for a minority" such is life..
I like you have a set of 5 year old twins and a 12 year old son but I havent said anything to them yet I know they wont like it but they`ll have to stay here because of the ex... I am not above relocating(Ive been thinking about that for a long time anyway)
Does anyone know of a resume` program that is actually free? lol
I already pulled a term in the army and now Im way too old to get back in lol I think they cut off at 34 not sure but I know 45 is outta the question..lol
I went to one welding interview and it was for one welder there were 50 outta work welders there and it was for flux core welding so I aint gotta chance on that. LOL I use the ole stick and heliarc oh well gonna keep on looking..
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pwrwgnman not sure on a free resume site. I had my sister help me with mine years ago and have added to it ever since and it has landed me every job I have gone for. Find a template that looks good and sharp, these are usually free online and your "MS word" or whatever you use should have some templates built in too, then just fill in your stuff. You can view completed examples online to to get some ideas and KEY words to use. Remember to keep it short and sweet, 1 page if you can. If they want to know more they will ask in the interview. Be sure to only include the most important tasks and responsabilities you performed in previous jobs. Do a draft, walk away for a few hours or even a day. Come back and read it again, promise you will find things to change and improve on. Have freinds and family read it too and tell them you want an honest opinion, an extra set of eyes is always good. And go buy soem resume paper, got mine at the grocery store but im sure staples, office depot has better choices. Hope this helps.
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Just food for thought here guys.

While being here in Iraq I have met a very wealthy individual, and he just so happen to share his story with me. What I am about to tell you is no bullshit. I know I can't sound too convincing over the internet but do take to heart what I'm about to say...

This individual is a 21 year old High School Graduate from Virginia who took a few computer classes in high-school and worked at Best-Buy before applying for a job at Raytheon. Not too impressive of a background right? He applied to Raytheon when he was only 18, luckily he got a job working for them on a Government software based program that we use here to 'track the battlefield' (can't really go in-depth on it, sorry). He didn't have one spec of experience working with any of this software whatsoever, they trained him up for 6-months stateside then sent him here in Iraq to work on these Government systems on a 12-month contract. When I asked him how much he made those first 12 months he looked at me, laughed a little, and said, "I made more money than my parents make combined for 3-years. So a little over $300k." My jaw dropped, this guy is 21 working in Iraq making $300K+. I then asked him how long he's been here, and he casually responded with, "We'll I didn't know how much longer jobs like this were going to last so I put all my stuff in storage and I've been here for a little over 3 years now." All I have to say is do the math, and I forgot to mention that $300k is after taxes. There's nothing to spend your money on here in Iraq other than maybe a cell-phone, and internet service... He's almost made $1 MIL and he's only a high-school graduate.

Ok so maybe he's lieing, I thought so at first, until I asked around. I got to talking to a particular Master Sergeant here with the unit I am currently serving with and told him what that guy had told me and how much BS I thought he was full of. Well it turns out that particular Master Sergeant is in the National Guard and when he's not deployed he just so happens to work for Raytheon out of Fort Bragg, NC. He told me those jobs were no joke plain and simple, and that it was hard to get people to leave the states for up to 12-months to work with people they've never met.
As well as you have to have a somewhat clean criminal record sense you'll be working with classified information at the lowest level, nothing really special or TOP-SECRET, just little stuff. THESE JOBS ARE REAL PEOPLE!

Of course not every job here is a $300K job, I'd say the majority of them are an easy $120K though, which is a hell of a lot better than what I am making as a 'Green-Suiter', and a lot more than what most people make back stateside. But If I were in a position and I had to provide for my family and this was an option, I would take it without looking back. I'll suffer for a year or two while we get out of the recession and make sure my family has what they need and come back home when job opportunities look better and have an even BETTER RESUME.

Like I said, if I could get out of my Army contract and take one of these jobs I would, no regrets, no looking back.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:09 PM
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Wow , Rebel your right it sounds good lol . I have no reason to doubt what ya said, as I have heard quite a few stories like that, I know a couple truck drivers that went for a couple years and came back with enough to pay cash for their trucks, brand new ones by the way...One guy bought one truck and hired a guy to drive for him so he spends most of his time down around the lake or in the woods hunting, what a life lol
On the bright side I got a check today from the phone coop here so Imma send it back and keep the net for another month....
I found a resume` template on here in microsoft works lol had no idea it was in there now I just have to figure out how to work it and make it look professional...
I dont have a problem leaving the country for a couple years, there is no doubt that I would miss the kids terribly but hey gotta do what I gotta do. Like I said before my mortgage is paid in full so I will have a place to come back too eventually, and I have some very close friends that would make sure my kids are being done right by the ole battle axe.
I gotta tell ya I for one appreciate what youve posted so far both of yall seem(Ken and Rebel) like great guys and I will sure take everything yall say to heart,
It wouldnt bother me to work at one of the FOB`s in the least hell I feel like I live near one now with the gangs getting bigger here and 3 known crack dealers living within a mile from me,lol
Tell that Master Seargent you know one dude that will leave the states and go to work lol Ive got a passport although it needs updating as I havent traveled out of the country since I got out of the Army...lol I do hate taking all them shots tho lol I got this thing about needles,lol but I can grin and bear it lol,
Thanks again for the info and Im off to check out Raytheon, what region or country should I be looking at, my only experience in the mid east is Egypt back during the Bright Star excercises lol and then we were stuck out in the desert someplace that I dont even know exactly where we were lol there was a looted pyramid there but it was a real small one and nothing like the ones ya see on t.v. lol
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Well dang pwrwgnman, sure hate to hear about that, but sounds like there might be some opportunity out there after all, good info there rebel, hopefully someone can find some help in this.

I feel ya' on the unemployment thing, pwrwgnman, lost my job twice this year in about as many months, they messed up my second claim, told me my claim was still open from the first time I had filed so all I had to do was just keep filing each week. Come to find out, they had closed my claim, I had to start over and was not going to get paid for that first week! Gotta love this, I was checking my bank last night, and on 10/28, I received a credit for the payment I should have received the week of 7/4, and that was after they had denied my appeal and said they still weren't going to pay me! Nice little surprise, but just illustrates how inefficient the system is.

Best of luck to ya, man, and please keep us posted on how things work out for you 'cause I'm rootin' for ya'!!!!

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pwrwngman,

Check out either Iraq or Afghanistan, that's where the money is going to be made, but if you can choose Iraq since it's A LOT safer than the 'Ghan at the moment right now. And don't worry about what experiences you have working in certain countries, focus on you your particular skill sets and what you have to offer to these companies. If they like what they see they'll take care of the rest, passports, shots, training, all of that. You'll 'most likely' spend a little time training in the states before you go anywhere, so be ready to have your bags packed if one of these companies is interested in you. And remember living on these FOB's here in Iraq are a lot like living in small cities, you're a lot safer than the news portrays it as being back home. You have 24 hour gyms, swimming pools, 24 hour dining facilities, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Green Beans Coffee (like an overseas Starbucks), and not to mention small movie theaters where you can watch the new releases just like if you were back home! Most importantly remember you're going to be protected by the BEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD on these FOB's, I consider it safer than living in downtown Columbus where I grew up if that tells you anything. Best of luck to you with your applications, hit up KBR and Raytheon, both very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED companies. Be open to new career fields if they offer as well, like I said a few posts ago, I know a KBR official here that works in a damn gym making six figures. How hard is that job?

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Thankya Cajun,
Well I sent my resume to KBR and Im gonna send it to a couple others as I get time to look thru them...LOL I filled out one with CSA I like the name lol
I appreciate the info.

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