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Old November 12th, 2006, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I may be going to Afghanistan for a year...

So I get this e-mail the other day from a friend of mine who is a Paramedic over in Afghanistan. It seems as if he is in charge of recruitment for KBR, the private contractor that provides EMS and occupational health services for NATO and other Military bases in the middle east.

He is offering me like 100K for a 1 year contract (before deductions) to work for him over there. I am seriously thinking about doing it... My wife says its no problem for me to go (No, Smitty, you can't "drop by occasionally to make sure she is OK...") and the kids are psyched about me doing somehting like that, and I think it would be one hell of a challenge. The conditions are primitive (tents and cots type thing) but there are still all the services you would find on a regular military base, just no permanent structures... Sorta like MASH... I would even get "combat pay" as the bases take shells every now and then...

I have to contact the "head office" in Houston on Monday and talk to thier HR folks there, but it looks like I could be in-country January ish if I want to.

I could come out of the one year contract debt free, and with my RN as they would also put me through school while I am there...

And they have wireless internet... so I could still be the PBF whore that I am!!!

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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds like a great career oppertunity and life experience. Go for it, and good luck
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow. Was it an offer for you only?
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well if you're family supports it, i would say do it. no offense, but think about how many people your age get the opportunity to do that. it would be a nice change of pace especially in you're middle-age years
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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... especially in you're middle-age years
I have killed for less then that....



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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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alright.

well i dont think you should go, you might get too tired trying to run around, and running from afghani insurgents shooting at you might be a problem. fatso.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Go for it dude.

What about your current job? What do they think about it?
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You sound excited about the opportunity, if it's something that thrills you like that you should definitely consider
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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alright.

well i dont think you should go, you might get too tired trying to run around, and running from afghani insurgents shooting at you might be a problem. fatso.
Fatso huh.... lol.

*Sniff*-*Sniff* I smells a banning!!!



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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Do it, then you can come back and have a PBF get-together with the 100k you earned.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow sounds awesome man.


The wireless net would be what would hook me. No way I could go if they didn't have that :-P
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Old November 12th, 2006, 04:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I'd do it.


I'd also see if you could get more than a 1 year contract afterward.
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Sounds good.

Just don't be there when the 'occasional shell' comes in.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 05:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd do it as well. Sounds like an interesting change of pace.



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Old November 12th, 2006, 05:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old November 12th, 2006, 05:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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not only would that be a good career opportunity, it would be an excellent story for the grandkids one day

i say definitely jump on that one
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Old November 12th, 2006, 05:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Do it.


When there was that big tsunami the other year my mom got a similar offer because she has 25 years of expierence working as an ER nurse. She didn't do ti though because somthing came up.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 05:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
 
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i'll be the oddball

dont do it

i dont think anyone should go overseas to iraq or afghanistan or anywhere like that, for that long, if they have kids. Its one thing when a single guy goes over there to help our nations armed forces (bubba ftw) but c'mon medic u got kids

ur kids will only grow up once, and u do this you will miss an entire year of their chilhood. I dont think its worth it.

ok i'll shutup now
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Old November 12th, 2006, 06:03 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Sounds like a plan. I support it..
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Old November 12th, 2006, 06:10 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good choice.

Please do your kids a favor and assess the risks. How likely is it that you will see combat? The media hasn't touched Afghanistan for a long time, so I have no idea what its like.

I know if I had a wife and kids I would put them before my country. And even if they say its 'OK', I would ask them if it really is OK. Then I'd sit down with them and tell them that there is a chance that I might not come back.

No sense in hiding from the truth (if the place still even has regular combat), and theres absolutely NO harm in settling family business before you go off for a job that may put you in harms way.

I'd do it. But if I were you I'd start training, like now.
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Old November 12th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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pushups pushups pushups! medic's gonna be in tiptop combat shape for this one
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Old November 12th, 2006, 06:59 PM   #22 (permalink)
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If your family supports you and you can go a year away from home you should do it.

My padre got a similar offer to go to Iraq but with his line of work it would be very dangerous and the madre said no.
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forgot to ask.

Is this after tax income?
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Old November 12th, 2006, 08:35 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I am really excited about the prospect of going. From what I have learned, I would not be a shooter medic and go out on missions, that is what the special ops forces are there for. I would be working in the base in the regular clinic/hospital and basically be responsible for the healthcare for the contract workers. There would be little if any contact with the indidgenous population, but there is still risk of attack on the base. The money is good, and the conditions, while primitive, are no worse then any other military tent city that I have stayed at. They have a subway, burger king and even a starbucks at the base, or so I have been told.

I will let you all know what the HR folks out of Houston say when I talk to them tomorrow.

I am leaning towards doing it -- it will certainly be something diferent, plus I should leran a ton about rural EMS and battlefield medicine. I can basically train with the Spec ops and the spooky guys at thier medic school as well as get certifed as a tactical medic. They even have a fire station that I can get into that serves the airport.

So we will have to see. Oh, and I do beleive the money is US income tax free as it is earned overseas... Score!!!



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Old November 12th, 2006, 08:42 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Nice. Do it. it should be cool. And bring a camera with u so you can give us lots of pics.
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