Unless you are there as civilian security, no weapons are allowed to be carried by any civilian contractor.
I personally witnessed at one location there that alcohol and pornographic material in your possession got you transferred back to the states and fired on the spot.
I was there for 6 months, The money they promise is Bullsh!t. To make the $80,000 or what ever it is, you would have to work 12 hours a day EVERY Day of the year. That's no leave, no sick days, nothing. The way they pay you is this: You get a base hourly rate of something like $14.50 On top of that you get an "uplift" for over sees work and an uplift for being in a war zone.So this comes out to about $21.00 an hour, sounds okay right. Well that's just for the 1st 40 hrs after that its back to $14.50 an hour, that's right no overtime. Remember this:there are not any labor laws in Afghanistan. So you work 12 hrs a day(keep in mind they do take out for lunch) seven days a week, this is 84 hrs. So 40 at $21.00 an hour is $840.00 then the other 44 hrs at $14.50 is $638.00 that's $1478.00. multiply this by 52 weeks $76,856.00. That's no sick days, no leave, no vacation.
If this sounds good to you then think about this. If I work in the US 84 Hrs a week I can make the same amount probably more because i don't make $14.50an hour. I also spent a month in Houston getting processed and not getting paid. You will also have to pay for a majority of you plane tickets for your leave and plane tickets around the world are not cheap.
I am just referring to KBR, most of the other companies over there are not lying, cheating, bast@rds like KBR.
I know an electrician who worked for KBR in Iraq. He made $160k in 10 months. Maybe the electricians make a lot more. Not sure.
He had nothing good to say about the experience though. Apparently, nobody there has any idea what they're doing. He was telling me horror stories of marines getting electrocuted in the shower due to faulty wiring. It seems to happen very often.
can anyone tell me of their experiences of working in iraq or afganistan,thanks
You are getting alot of bad information that is outdated and no longer applies or just wrong to begin with. I am in Iraq at this very moment working for KBR. I am going into my 5th year here and have been all over Iraq during that time. Email me and I will give you the real deal about what its like over here.