"What's Wrong With Mercenaries?"

Tillman, Barren
July 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jul2005, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p6
Conference Proceeding
The article comments on an article by M. MacKay published in the June 2005 issue of the journal "Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute" discussing the attitudes of mercenaries. Mercenary is a professional soldier hired for service in a foreign army. The American Volunteer Group receives lucrative contracts to fly for the Chinese. Pilots collected a bounty on each Japanese plane destroyed. It was seen that none of the mercenary was motivated wholly by financial gain. The U.S. cannot field enough soldiers in Iraq, and therefore hires private military contractors to provide security. Most are former military personnel who are very well paid for doing essentially the same work they did when in uniform.


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