Considerations You Should Make Before You Deploy to a Combat Zone

Post Date: October 9, 2018 | Category: General Information

Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

Overseas contracting isn’t for everyone. There are negatives to consider with the positives, and it’s important not to get overcome by romantic notions of what overseas employment might look like, or think you’re going to cash in when it’s not certain you will. But if you have a sense of adventure, the ability to do more with less, and are up for a challenge, a job abroad may be a great fit for you.

Overseas jobs in Information Technology, Logistics, Intelligence, Training and Security have significantly increased over the past decade, particularly in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa.

We live in a world that is increasingly international, and having international experience on your resume is definitely an advantage. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re a seasoned professional, international experience will help you stand out in the crowd. As you consider the possibilities, however, you’ll want to keep a few factors in mind.

#1. Be prepared to do more with less.

Budgets and spending in international offices are frequently far below what you might be used to. This certainly presents opportunities for creativity and innovation, but may produce challenges if you’re used to working through projects with a robust team of experts and unlimited resources. Get an idea of what will be available before you go abroad. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to learn from your international counterparts. Their way of working may be different, but you’ll likely learn a trick or two you can take back to the States.

#2. Know the language.

In the intelligence and security fields linguists, particularly those with a background in middle eastern languages, are always in demand. But even if your language looks more like 1s and 0s be sure to brush up on the local lingo. Cultural mores can be equally as important, so don’t forget to research local and regional etiquette and history.

#3. Consider your health.

While many overseas locations offer great health care or comparable care to what you receive in the states, many do not. Make sure you’re physically prepared for the medical capabilities of the country you’re traveling to. This isn’t to say every overseas worker needs to be in Navy Seals shape – there are plenty of overseas positions for candidates that don’t require a physical training test.

#4. Avoid complicating entanglements.

If you’re going overseas position you’ll want to avoid making foreign investments, picking up extra work from a local business or finding a spouse in the country you’re working in. There are exceptions, but one must be very cautious to make sure that they’re not “going native” while working abroad.

#5. Do your math carefully.

While most comparable positions overseas pay more, that’s not always the case. Don’t assume financial perks that may not actually present themselves and carefully consider the cost of living, the value of the dollar, and make sure lost-of-living allowances calculate. Don’t be afraid to renegotiate for benefits or bonuses to make up for travel or housing.

#6. Go legitimate.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have increased international contract opportunities, and with an increase in volume comes a rise in the number of companies with international positions. Be sure to research any company you’re working for to make sure they’re the right fit.

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10 Responses to “Considerations You Should Make Before You Deploy to a Combat Zone”

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    Comment made by Bruce Diggs on Jun 8th 2013 at 6:19 PM:

    Back in the day, working a one year gig with an oil company in Saudi Arabia was good for a hundred grand. Then LogCap came along with the opportunity to make a dollar in Somalia, then Rwanda, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo and you know the rest of the story. From my observation of spending time on the project, it seemed to be a toss-up between getting shot at and the lousy living conditions that sent people scurrying to HR begging to be put on the next thing smokin. I saw lots of folks come over for what they thought was going to be big money, but no matter how fat their paycheck was, it wasn’t enough to make them stay. It can be dirty, dangerous work and you need to have your mind right before you ever go wheels up, or just stay home.

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    Comment made by dainelle brown on Jun 13th 2013 at 4:13 PM:

    this is entirely true!

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    Comment made by Harry White on Aug 16th 2013 at 5:12 PM:

    I’d just love the opportunity to find out for myself. I’ve been trying for years but can’t get my foot in the door, much less the “sandbox”.

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    Comment made by gomavs41 on Aug 30th 2013 at 12:33 PM:

    Set the bar low….and nothing will surprise you.

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    Comment made by isangd on Aug 30th 2013 at 3:15 PM:

    Information is power,the mind is prepared for any venture.

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    Comment made by junebug on Sep 23rd 2013 at 3:55 AM:

    she looks kind of young

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    Comment made by David Penney on Sep 29th 2013 at 9:19 AM:

    There are occassions when seemingly safe peaceful overseas assignments can suddenly become war zones. I was working in Saudi Arabia for a DoD contractor on an USAF FMS program to the Royal Saudi Air Force when in August 2 1990 the Iraqi Army over ran Kuwait and appeared on the Saudi border thus launching Desert Shield/Desert Storm. All part of the adventure of working in the Middle East.

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    Comment made by www.Your-POC.com | Professional Overseas Contractors on Sep 29th 2013 at 11:55 PM:

    @David thanks for sharing

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    Comment made by adjaré mouta on Feb 6th 2014 at 2:19 PM:

    The USA are very aware of all the risks taken to defend the American colors outside their continent,this is the best thing a nation as powerful as the U.S. can do.

    This is an opportunity for job seekers to apply their application

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    Comment made by Fikret Ibraimovski on Dec 12th 2014 at 5:37 PM:

    Work Experience
    Deny Company – Kumanovo from 01 / 1997 to 04 / 1999
    Job Descriptions: Logistic Coordinator – Transportation
    • Managed and maintained centralized inventory of materials and supplies to sustain 12 distinct postal operations. Distributed materials to remote facilities as needed.
    • Compiled and submitted mail data reports for submission to higher authority.
    • Tracked and maintained accountability of the movement of a fleet of containers. Dispatched vehicles to meet morphing needs and demands of the postal system.
    • Operates Material Handling Equipment on a routine basis to move property / equipment.

    KBR / Halliburton- Mosul Iraq from 07 / 2006 to 08 / 2008
    Job Descriptions: Plumber
    Assemble pipe sections, tubing and fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing and welding equipment. Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks. Review blueprints and building codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures.
    KBR / Halliburton- Kabul Afghanistan from 08 / 2008 to 01 / 2010
    Job Descriptions: Material Control Specialist
    • Inventory, consolidating, packing, crating, weighing, marking, labeling and documenting cargo shipments of all types.
    • Checking all cargo labels against invoices, packing lists, bills of lading and other documentation.
    • Analyze cargo characteristics, special handling requirements and apply priorities to ensure required dates are met.
    • Maintain material management logs and inputs data in Material Status Reports.
    • Ensure all material is properly identified segregated, received, stored, and issued promptly and accurately while maintaining a clean, safe and organized facility.
    • Provide customer service, ensure accurate and efficient delivery of materials, and accurately document and communicate inventory issues.
    • Maintain inventory accuracy through cycle counting, properly executed receipt/storage/issue procedures, and process improvements.

    DynCorp-Intl- Kandahar Afghanistan from 01 / 2010 to 12 / 2010
    Job Descriptions: Senior Warehouseman
    • Receives and stores documents and confidential files; maintains record of approved document and confidential file destruction.
    • Handles and documents storage and transportation of hazardous materials maintain the warehouse, records area and stores area in a neat and orderly manner.
    • Maintain accurate manual and computer records Unload material from truck and stag it into the warehouse docking area and check the manifest copy and doing manual inventory the material and store it on the designated location.
    Fluor Daniel- Bagram Air Base Afghanistan from 12 /2010 to 03 / 2013
    Job Descriptions: Material Controls Technician III
    • In relations to material handling and work details. Outstanding Leadership, motivation, and communication skills.
    • Effectively utilized Maximo (inventory control system) for the data analysis. Maps inventory profiling e.g. inventory vs. consumption, receipt vs. issues No. of years of inventory, service factor, procurement cycle. Prepare monthly quarterly annual reports for materials warehouse.

    Contact email: [email protected]
    Or Check my Profile in LinkedIn :mk.linkedin.com/pub/fikret-ibraimovski/44/844/665/
    Have a nice day
    Thanks in Advance –

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