Mercenary jobs are far from ideal. For a person who possesses the right character traits, they're a favorable match. These jobs are war-related. They are best suited for individuals with a physical military background who are comfortable in war-torn areas. Mercenaries have a difficult job, which includes participating in conflicts or battles. Generally hired as private contractors, they work for monetary or personal gain, even if they're not a part of the military. In some cases, they may be former military personnel from an enemy country or their home country. There are no specific requirements to become a mercenary. The job is simply to carry out dangerous orders.
There is certainly no security guaranty associated with mercenary jobs. The only reason people seek this type of work is for money or another enticing material offer. Some may be offered diplomatic immunity or other "perks" that an average citizen would otherwise not possess. Some mercenaries take multiple jobs. Some work individually, some work in groups and some only take one large and dangerous job. Blackwater has been known to use mercenaries in the past. The type of job performed varies from one assignment to another.
While mercenary jobs are a good source of money or other forms of attractive compensation, the potential risks have disadvantages. Soldiers captured during a war in another country have the advantages of expatriation after the war is over, special treatment as a prisoner and immunity from being treated like an average criminal by the country's legal system. This means that soldiers captured will be held and returned to their home country, but mercenaries may be imprisoned for many years, their entire life or they may be executed. They will not be expatriated after a war is over. Assuming the mercenary completes his or her duties successfully, their return trip is funded by the party hiring them.
Mercenary jobs are not as common as they once were. The United Nations banned the recruitment and training of mercenaries in 2001 for wars. This means that mercenaries can no longer be a part of war. They are still used for purposes within the country. Bodyguards and disaster area mercenaries are still sometimes utilized. Finding these jobs is difficult. Candidates need to be in excellent physical shape, know how to defend themselves, use firearms and be familiar with combat. When hired by private parties, mercenaries must usually have a military background. Mercenary jobs take plenty of research and invested time to find.
Updated: May 2, 2012.