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Old 24 July 2016, 21:28
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But it is kind of nuts how many guys made so much for so long and then blew it all. Which is why I try to advise these younger guys not to jump on these $125 a day lowball contracts and hink they are going make something of themselves that way.
I'm working with a hand full of guys who did that contract. I'd rather suck dick for quarters in the Tenderloin, but in the end they did move up the contracting ranks. However, I do admit, moving up (after that) takes a long time and it is probably not worth it IMO. Not all of them are motivated/smart enough for an advanced degree or much else, so for them it works.
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Old 12 August 2016, 01:49
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I have been doing this since 1999. I made quit a bit of money but damn I missed alot of things back home lost all my friends etc... but I wouldn't trade those years for anything had one hell of a wild ride an kickass time. I averaged maybe 2 months a year at home up to 2010. I did great and quit the high threat contracts in 2010, thought I was set. Thought Id just cruise with a couple low threat short gigs a year. Didnt pay much $250 a day but was more like a vacation then work. Baby sitting computer chips and Technology. Had everything paid for living off investments.

Then I got hurt working out and boy did that cost me. Spent about 2.5 months in the hospital total and 6 surgeries. Lost everything that was in the bank cash wise. And still had a couple hundred thousand dollars of bills left. Luckily the charity care kicked in and took care of most of what was left.

So basically I am starting over now. One word of advice hide your money well!!!!!
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Old 13 August 2016, 21:47
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I got 18 years downrange 8 in Baghdad and the rest all over Middle East and Europe, I maintained a place in Beirut to chill every once and awhile!!Came back to Cali 2014.... Its a Good time if not married
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Old 14 August 2016, 08:06
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I have been doing this since 1999. I made quit a bit of money but damn I missed alot of things back home lost all my friends etc... but I wouldn't trade those years for anything had one hell of a wild ride an kickass time. I averaged maybe 2 months a year at home up to 2010. I did great and quit the high threat contracts in 2010, thought I was set. Thought Id just cruise with a couple low threat short gigs a year. Didnt pay much $250 a day but was more like a vacation then work. Baby sitting computer chips and Technology. Had everything paid for living off investments.

Then I got hurt working out and boy did that cost me. Spent about 2.5 months in the hospital total and 6 surgeries. Lost everything that was in the bank cash wise. And still had a couple hundred thousand dollars of bills left. Luckily the charity care kicked in and took care of most of what was left.

So basically I am starting over now. One word of advice hide your money well!!!!!
Good lord what did you do to yourself in the gym that cost hundreds of thousands?
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Old 14 August 2016, 08:40
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Good lord what did you do to yourself in the gym that cost hundreds of thousands?
Probably the same as me and married & divorced one of the crazy chicks there.
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Old 23 August 2016, 23:36
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My stupid ass started doing this February 2002, and my dumb ass is still here...
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Old 24 August 2016, 05:21
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Not entirely sure if I understand the scope of the OP's question, but I started contracting back in the early 80's before it was called contracting and have continued with it off and on for the last how many decades is it now. Dunno if that meets the topic of "most time".
Met a lot of ass holes during my career, mostly in more recent millennial years

Only a few jobs during that time had purely cash as the motivating factor and have never done the static guard stuff that seems to be the norm these days (my ego wouldn't allow it to be truthful).
These days the bulk of contracting amounts to being a glorified security guard in a shit location for not much money and is not something to aspire to for newbies IMO.
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Old 26 August 2016, 01:48
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I started contracting in 2003, and I'm still working. Like most have said already, IMO if you're married it might not be the best course of action. If you have kids it might not be the best idea. If you can't manage money, it might not be the best idea. If you have none of those issues, it might just be the best job you've ever had.
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Old 26 August 2016, 12:24
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I see a whole lot of "you shouldn't do this" mixed in with, "been doing it 10 years", LOL. Thanks for all the replies.

^^And by longest time, I mean longest time downrange away from family/friends/home wherever that may be for you. Not necessarily talking about I did a contract doing training in the home country, unless you moved to different state/location to keep job etc.
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Old 26 August 2016, 17:57
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Overseas since 2004 for me, at the lower end of the spectrum, even when I had a fancy job title. I at least have a house in the Philippines to go to when I'm done.
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Old 26 August 2016, 19:49
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Old 27 August 2016, 02:04
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Then I got hurt working out and boy did that cost me.
When my knee was hurting for about a week in Afghanistan, the scenario you found yourself in flashed in my mind. Everything turned out fine, but it wasn't a pleasant thought at all. It made me realize that I needed to be careful about how hard I pushed myself because as a 1099 on a subcontract, I'd be SOL if I got hurt. Sorry you had to go through it.
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Old 17 October 2016, 21:32
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The key in contracting is to get into the management/administrative side of the house. Don't stay a window licker/gunslinger for long. And treat every paycheck as your last paycheck.

And follow the 25/75% rule. 25% for what ever you want (guns, cars, watches, motorbikes, vacations, etc..) and 75% save or house purchase.
That is the best advice I've ever heard, whether for a contractor or the MIL side deploying.
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