Soldiers for Hire

by Nathan Hamm on 11/11/2004 · 7 comments

IWPR reports that Kyrgyz officers have found a novel use for their soldiers:

Conscript soldiers are commonly rented out to civilian employers under illegal private arrangements. Some are forced to work as free labour for fear of punishment, while others go willingly because they can at least hope to get some food to supplement their poor diet in the army. In both cases the officer simply pockets the fee.

“Previously [in Soviet times], soldiers’ labour was used for the state, but now it’s being used in the interests of top military officers,” said Yrysbek Omurzakov, editor of the Tribuna newspaper. “Instead of doing military service and defending their motherland, our soldiers are doing private building and agricultural work, receiving nothing but food. And that’s just humiliating. I believe a soldier should remain a soldier.”

A sergeant who gave his name as Ilya said officers collect between 100 and 130 soms (three or four US dollars) per soldier per day, depending on the difficulty of the job they are assigned.


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{ 7 comments }

irish January 27, 2005 at 1:05 pm

does anyone know how to find work as a merc, x soldier looking!

John Rambo June 18, 2005 at 12:39 pm

Find a country that has fierce internal problems and fighting. Make you way there and try and make contacts.

You will probably be either imprisoned, shot or made to fight and payed fuck all!!

Col Faulkner September 4, 2005 at 5:31 pm

I am a merc I have fought in Rhodisa, Iran, Other parts of Africa, Iraq,all over the world.
To get a job you must first have Military background, perferably Combat experience, and heart. Loyalty is a must with the men tha fight with me. You also need a good resume. PS Col Faulkner is not my real name. If you know anything about mercenarys you will know this name.

Lt. Bigdaddy September 27, 2005 at 1:42 pm

Col Faulkner I have a military background all the heart and loyalty a man can possibly have toward his men, but no connections. Where do I go from here?

Looking for Opportunity

Robert Montes November 15, 2005 at 11:02 pm

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Adrian Hernandez December 8, 2005 at 12:37 pm

Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm Cannon Crewmember combat exp. looking for the comrade in Iraq.

Adrian Hernandez December 8, 2005 at 12:40 pm

Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm Cannon Crewmember combat exp. looking for the comrade in Iraq and Employment Opportunity with Mission Orientated Teams.

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