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first i want to thank all of you for doing what your doing overseas. i pick-up contractor jobs for extra cash, i was told last week that we might be getting a gig for 2 weeks in iraq and want a no b.s. idea of what to expect when im over in the sand box. any info would be great.:patriot::patriot::patriot:
Never been to Iraq, but your responses may vary depending if you are contracted to over there to fix walls vs protecting executives??
Where are you going/What are you doing?
protecting executives, we have not been told where we will be at this point.
What if asked the same question. Telling you I was from Iraq going to the US and getting a contracting job. What will it be like? It is hard to say without knowing what you are doing and where you are going.
When I deployed to Iraq with the Army National Guard, I got sent to three places:
1. A company-sized FOB in one of the most dangerous sectors of the country. The locals ranged from indifferent to hostile, and we were under almost constant attack. Very long hours and very spartan living conditions. With no phones, no TV, and no internet, we didn't even hear about hurricane Katrina for 2 weeks after it made landfall. We also had no electricity other than for essential functions (like radios in the TOC and lights in the aid station), no air conditioning, and so on.
2. A battalion-sized base in a totally peaceful area of the country. The locals were mostly very supportive of our presence. We had nice accomodations, a great internet cafe, KBR chow, a market that we could visit, and so on. Hours weren't too bad and we didn't suffer a single enemy attack the entire time we were there.
3. A platoon-sized outpost in the middle of the desert. There were only a tiny handful of beduoin in the area and they didn't bother us. Living conditions were neither great nor awful, and our main enemy out there was boredom.
Each of those places were completely different... All I can tell you is that Iraq isn't a uniform place and your experiences won't be like anyone else's. Even a sector that has been peaceful for years may suddenly erupt in violence, or the reverse may happen just as easily. If you want a better answer, you're going to have to give more details on the location or the job.
Its like every Iraqi you meet and see truely hates your f'ing guts. They all wish you would leave. The hate everything about westeners. In the winter it gets really cold. In the summer... It gets really hot. Drink plent of water. Bring with you some polarized sunglasses. Never, ever get complacent (sp?). Keep your eyeballs on a swivle. Bring and wear comfortable boots!!!!!! Baby wipes will be your savior. Porn will be your best friend. And try to stay clean all the time. DON'T EAT OR DRINK THEIR FOOD!
I'm leaving out a bunch of stuff. Iraq is getting better with every deployment. Don't so anything personal on your sleeve.
OOORAHHH Devil. I'm more green than blue!
I've never been in the Military, but my last room mate is a Marine who was sent over to the sand box about a month after the 2003 invasion. From the storys he told me, it wasnt horrible. He said most of the time he would stay at his platoon-sized base. AC, good food, cheap or free smokes, internet access. When he would go out on patrol he said SHTF a few times but he never came close to getting hit and he said he can count on his fingers the number of times he had to return fire. He just said he had to always be aware of his surroundings, drink a lot of water, and have a positive out look.
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