So you’re interested in private security jobs? Then, this article will be useful to you and contain some dos and don’ts when it comes to the world of private security contracting.

Take the Application Seriously

My best friend Glen Doherty (Navy SEAL/CIA and GRS Contractor) helped me transition from the SEAL Teams to security contracting.

I applied for the job he had recommended (I signed an NDA but you can read between the lines), did my mandatory training and assessment test, and was offered a job once I passed. This made my active-duty to civilian-life transition much easier.

A SEAL Team Six guy who tested with me failed. Not because he wasn’t talented enough, but because he refused to take the test they had offered and, like Frank Sinatra famously sang, he did it his way. This teaches you to put your ego aside, study for and take the test they give you. You’re working for them, not the other way around.

The Different Categories of Private Security Jobs

Private Security Jobs Explained by Former Navy SEAL and Contractor
Private security contractors train. (Financial Tribune)

There are so many different security jobs out there and not all of them are similar. Nevertheless, there are really two main categories we are talking about here: overseas and domestic jobs. Let’s take a look at each in more detail.

Overseas Security Jobs

Most of the questions I get asked are from gentlemen looking to “get into the shit” with overseas security jobs. Honestly, this category of jobs can be very lucrative.

I’d say there are two types of private security jobs for overseas.

Dynamic Security

Dynamic would be a CIA contractor who’s doing operational work outside the wire. This type of security usually requires extensive law enforcement or military credentials (usually a special ops background). Most of these jobs would be State Department or intelligence agency (GRS or Ground Branch) programs. Usually, these agencies contract out to security companies that are responsible for training, vetting, and staffing up these contracts. MVM and Dyncorp are two such security companies. Most of the time, these jobs pay more than static security ones. The pay can start from $700 per day but varies with supply and demand.