Being a Mercenary – FAQ

Becoming a mercenary?

Since we wrote our page on How to Become a Mercenary, we’ve gotten a lot of questions, a few suggestions and even some job offers, both for ourselves and our readers and visitors. Since it’s hard to squeeze in all of the relevant information on one single page, we thought it was about time we made an FAQ page, where you can both look for an answer to your questions, and ask new one if what you’re wondering about isn’t listed. That’s what the comment section is for, remember.

Our comment policy is that we read all comments and answer all questions! If we don’t already know the answer, we’ll try our best to find out for you. We think that’s pretty good of us, really. This page will be updated every time there’s a new question coming in, so make sure you check back often!

Mercenary FAQ

Please note that questions aren’t necessarily in any kind of order, so press Ctrl+F on your keyboard, and search for your keyword.

Q: Is being a mercenary legal or illegal?

A: Being a mercenary is not necessarily either. There are laws and regulations in many countries that control or prevent the use and training of mercenaries, but effectively, it’s still legal to be a soldier of fortune. You should check your country’s specific laws to make sure you stay within the boundaries, or leave for a more lenient jurisdiction, if necessary. 

You can also check out our Mercenary’s Legal Reference, and add to it if you’ve got more information. 

Q: Is being a mercenary really that well paid?

A: Yes, it most certainly is. Whether you’re planning on going “old school” and signing up with a rogue band of brothers fighting in an obscure war somewhere, or getting contract work for one of the PMCs that are currently in business, there’s a lot of money to be made. That is, of course, if you have the skill set and experience in place. If you don’t, you might have to be patient for a while, and work your way up the ladder. Take a look at our page on becoming a merc to see what ind of experience many PMCs are looking for.

Q: Can I expect to see any real action as a mercenary?

A: Yes. Most employers would’t want to pay you any kind of real money to sit around. If you do succeed in becoming a mercenary, you will have to expect to earn your keep and your pay, with all that that entails. 

Q: What kind of martial arts are required to become a mercenary?

A: There’s really no definitive answer to this. If you’ve got military training, chances are you’ve got a lot of close combat training, hand to hand combat training and/or similar. If you’ve got LE experience, you might have some of the same, but you should probably take up one form or another of aggressive martial arts training, such as MMA or boxing, for example. The best advice we can give is for you to seek out martial arts forms that appeal to you personally – that will give you the best results.

Q: What kind of military training is the best when looking to be a mercenary?

A: There’s no definitive answer to this, either. There’s a reason why the military is so diverse; all kinds of people are needed and wanted in order to make for a successful organization. That said, operational experience is much in demand, and if you’ve seen action in one form or another, that’s a big plus. 

Q: Will I be able to use my own gun as a mercenary?

Not for military use.

A: This is a weird question, in our opinion. And the answer is probably “no”. Just like any other job, you’ll often be issued the equipment you need, including weapons. You wouldn’t be able to bring your beat up old shotgun to a military unit, and that’s what being a mercenary is like. There’s obvioulsy going to be differences between being in a PMC and being a merc in the “old school way”, but overall, the answer is “no”. Leave your separation anxiety behind, and embrace your new gun instead. There are many like it, probably, but that one is yours. 

Q: I’ve got a felony on my sheet – can I still be a mercenary?

A: Having a criminal record will disqualify you from many things in life, and being a mercenary might be among them. This, as so many other things, depends on what kind of path you’re going to choose when you’re starting your path to becoming a merc, but on the whole, you’ll be much better off if you can manage to keep the more serious things off your permanent record. 

Q: I’ve got a misdemeanor on my sheet – can I still be a merc?

A: Just like the felonies, it’s important to try and keep your permanent record clean. Well, as clean as possible anyway. A misdemeanor is probably not going to affect you much, though.

Q: I’ve got emotional / psychological problems. Can I still be a mercenary?

A: That’s not a good starting point. We’d recommend that you get your psychological problems under control through therapy, and getting a clean bill of health before trying to sign up for any kind of military service, LE duty, the FFL or any kind of PMC or mercenary activity. 

Q: How old should I be before starting the path to becoming a mercenary?

A: Legally, you can’t even have a full time job until you’re 18 (in some countries, the age is lower), and PMCs and the military certainly won’t take you before a few more years than that has passed. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start training. Start when you first get the idea that you some day want to become a merc, or a soldier, or a LEO, or whatever. Physical training, and theory is your best bet, but you should stick to what interests you. 

Q: I have PTSD. Can I get work as a mercenary?

A: PTSD is a serious condition, and you shouldn’t even be worrying about anything other than your health and well being until it’s under control, and you’re no longer suffering any ill effects. Remember that PTSD can affect you in negative ways in stressful situations, and that in a combat situation, there will be others there who depend on you. 

Q: Will I need contacts in the business in order to become a merc, or will they come find me?

A: Look, there’s no way anyone is coming to headhunt you, unless you’re some kind of special forces superhero. You’ve got to work actively to get contacts, find openings, etc. In this respect, it’s much like any other job hunt; you’ve got to get your resume and qualifications out there, and get them out there to the right people. 

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