Friday, December 03, 2004

Aljazeera.Net - Huge pay drawing NZ soldiers to Iraq

Security jobs paying up to $216,000 a year in Iraq are proving too strong a lure for New Zealand soldiers.

Defence chief Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson said on Thursday that almost a quarter of army staff with less than six years experience had left to become contractors in the Middle East.

Ferguson added that he had spent the past week with departing staff, mostly privates, corporals and lance corporals.

They said they were leaving because "they wanted the challenge and excitement" of using their training.

"They're leaving because they're getting $200,000 and $300,000 a year to go across and be security guards [in Iraq].

Of course, $200K of Kiwi money is a mere $140K in REAL dollars -- a mere pittance compared to the $1337/month an E-2 gets in the US military.

Be all that you can be, mate.


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