SOCNET

Go Back   SOCNET: The Special Operations Community Network > Employment and Training > International Jobs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 13 January 2019, 16:58
ArabianKnight ArabianKnight is offline
Combat Arms Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 50
Iraq vs Afghanistan Conditions?

Hi all. It has been forever since I had posted on this site so just giving a quick background on me...I was prior infantry with a few deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan both as mil and contractor. After my first security gig in Iraq I wanted to change my career field and now I am doing Intel Analysis and have been so for quite some time. My last deployment was to Afghan in 2013 and Iraq in 2011.

My question is how has the living conditions changed since then? I have heard anywhere from 30 man open bay style tents to one man wet CHU's.

Sorry if this info is already out there but alot of what I have found on Youtube and the net is pretty outdated.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 13 January 2019, 17:48
mdwest's Avatar
mdwest mdwest is offline
exquisitus asinus
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: here
Posts: 3,066
All depends on the contract and the location..

there are guys living/working in wet CHU's.. guys living and working in dry CHU's... guys in tents.. and guys in multi-room villas...

really just depends on who you are working for (both the company and the customer).. where you are working (not just the country.. but the actual location in the country).. what you are doing... and at what level you are doing it..

there really isnt a fixed answer to your question..

My best advice is to ask very specific questions of any recruiter and/or hiring manager you might speak to.. and let them know whats important to you.. hopefully they will be honest with you and let you know exactly what it is you would be looking at in terms of living conditions and quality of life, etc..
__________________
That which is ready to fall deserves to be pushed.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 15 January 2019, 11:29
Desert Donkey Desert Donkey is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: AFG
Posts: 8
I am working in Kabul right now. We live in hardened buildings, two to three men per room. The DFAC is good, but monotonous. The air quality here is about what you would expect, which is to say, abysmal. You will spend your first month or so coughing pretty much nonstop. There is a small gym, but as the compound is fairly small and getting more heavily populated as time goes on, there is nowhere to run or jog except the treadmill. I've only been here a short while, but I hear that the other camps have a variety of amenities, such as small exchanges, better food, single occupancy rooms and whatnot.

I cannot comment on Iraq, as I have not been there since 2005, other than to pass on some hopeful hearsay about the contract gigs in Irbil being very desirable. Can't confirm or deny, so your mileage may vary.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 15 January 2019, 16:24
leopardprey's Avatar
leopardprey leopardprey is online now
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 13,686
Air quality is much worse in Afghanistan than in Iraq.

Afghanistan gets much colder in Winter.

Roads are worse in Afghanistan.

Chinese food is better in Kabul than in Baghdad.

Overall, both places suck.
__________________
"Look Sharp, Act Sharp, Be Sharp - But don't cut yourself!"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 16 January 2019, 19:15
pm410 pm410 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: OCONUS
Posts: 100
Quote:
Originally Posted by leopardprey View Post
Air quality is much worse in Afghanistan than in Iraq.

Afghanistan gets much colder in Winter.

Roads are worse in Afghanistan.

Chinese food is better in Kabul than in Baghdad.

Overall, both places suck.
Lol I must be crazy cause I love being in Afghanistan 😂
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 17 January 2019, 10:34
kelly1966 kelly1966 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 11
DOS has better LSAs, you get a room to yourself. Wet chus in Baghdad are the type you share the bathroom but you have a sink and vanity in you're room
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 26 January 2019, 14:57
ArabianKnight ArabianKnight is offline
Combat Arms Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 50
Im taking an interest in the ANASOC G2 Intel Trainer position with Engillity (now SAIC). Anyone on this contract? I have some questions.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Our new posting rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:36.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Socnet.com All Rights Reserved
SOCNET 1996-2018