Michael's Dispatches

Military Amends Directive for Contractors to Wear Body Armor

Sunday, 17 May 2009

The military has amended a recent directive that civilian contractors at Kandahar Airfield must wear body armor while outdoors, even while on base.  Among other issues that the directive failed to consider, most civilian contractors who never leave base probably have no body armor.  In fact, I know contractors who regularly leave base without armor of any sort.  Afghan police have stolen body armor from some contractors.  Often, the only security some contractors have derives from traveling low profile.  During late 2008, I was a passenger for approximately a thousand miles around Afghanistan.  We drove in a regular unarmored vehicle.  There were no dramas.

Happy Sunday,

Michael


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