How to Get Paramilitary Experience

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Paramilitary organizations are groups that perform or train in military operation. While some paramilitary organizations or voluntary, most paramilitary organizations are privately owned. Paramilitary groups are subject to government regulation and oversight. The United States' involvement in the Middle East has created many opportunities for people to gain paramilitary experience by obtaining a highly sought-after government contract.

Experience From Private Military Contracting

  • Select a private military contracting company that is legally sanctioned by the United States government. Check the Department of Defense list of approved contractors to see if a company you want to apply to is listed, as it has not been uncommon for companies to lose contracts due to unfavorable practices.

  • Apply to the company you want to work for. Visit the company's website. Look over the requirements for the position you are applying for. You should meet all minimum requirements before applying. You will need to be at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or GED and have no criminal record. Complete an online application. If you meet all requirements and are well-qualified, you may be contacted for an interview. Complete your interview successfully and you may be offered a position.

  • Attend and successfully complete all required training at the company's designated training facility. You will be required to qualify with multiple weapons, including handguns and assault rifles. Complete training in vehicle escort, personal security, close-quarters combat and many other specialized areas. Study and pass all written exams to demonstrate a clear understanding of the company's policies and procedures.

  • Deploy to a foreign country to take part in operations contracted between the company you work for and the United States government. Do not violate any rules or regulations established by your company and the Department of Defense. Have a clear understanding of the Geneva Conventions, which establish international rules of war. Complete your assignment and return to the United States with real-world paramilitary experience.

Other Ways to Gain Experience

  • Gain paramilitary experience by joining active duty military or your state's National Guard. Speak with a local recruiter and establish that you meet the minimum requirements to join. Complete and sign an enlistment contract for the number of years you will be joining for.

  • Join a local militia that trains for paramilitary operations. Attend all scheduled training with the militia group. Document and log all paramilitary related training. Check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before joining to be sure the militia is not considered a domestic threat group.

  • Become a police officer or auxiliary officer with your local police department. Attend a police academy to receive the required training for certification as a law enforcement officer. Join the department's SWAT or special operations team, as many of these teams train in urban paramilitary operations.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carefully review private military contracts before agreeing to terms and conditions.
  • Have a clear understanding of the risks involved when deploying to a foreign combat zone.

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