Private Company Looking To Hire Retired Special Forces To Fight ISIS

May 09, 2015

Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics



Raidon Tactics Inc., a North Carolina-based company, recently sent out emails to veteran Special Forces officers and enlisted personnel in efforts to build a force to conduct combat missions in Iraq.  This is being done in response to President Obama’s pledge not to send U.S. ground troops to Iraq to fight against Islamic militants. 

This request is an indication that private companies are exploring opportunities in Iraq due to the lack of U.S. military forces in the area.  In this particular case, the job description clearly describes the work as combat employment.  Recruits would be considered independent contractors and would deploy for six to eight months beginning in February or March and be compensated with a pay rate of between $1250 and $1750 per day.  According to Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm Blackwater, private contractors have the potential to take a leading role in the take down of the “Islamic State”, Islamic militants who have been operating out of Syria and Iraq.  The involvement of private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan has been on the rise over the past decade totaling more than half of the military force in areas ranging from private security to transportation and logistics to intelligence support. 

These contractors have been the topic of much controversy over the past years because of operations that fall into gray areas as armed but non-uniformed civilians.  Incidents of civilian casualties and injuries have added to the feeling of uncertainty of these companies role in combat.  One particular incident involved Blackwater guards being responsible for the death of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 17 civilians in Baghdad.  In response, the government has held these companies and their employees to stricter oversight and accountability.  The guards in this particular incident were sentenced to multiple charges ranging from murder to manslaughter by a federal jury. 

Raidon Tactics is not requesting applicants for a simple job of personal security and protecting civilians.  This job goes far above that level.  According to the notice sent out, recruits will be required to perform missions such as “Combat Foreign Internal Defense, Direct Action and Strategic Reconnaissance”.  Mission will require training, advising and fighting side by side with government forces against an internal threat.  Acquiring and verifying targets, preforming ambushes and executing raids are also part of the job description.  Qualified applicants must have served a minimum of seven years of service in a Special Forces group.  The company’s owner, a former Special Forces non-commissioned officer, said he received great response to the job seeking notice.  They are still waiting on a final approval from the host country before operations can begin. 



No details were revealed pertaining to the mission and all recruits will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements before be briefed on the specifics of the job.  Those who have receive the notice  have expressed the benefit of using contractors as being politically advantageous because formerly trained personnel would be performing missions, yet the President will be staying true to his word by keeping ground troops out of Iraq.  This will also lighten the load on the military’s Special Forces who have been stretched thin by mission after mission in various conflict areas worldwide and who are expected to stay engaged well after conventional troops are removed from an area. 

Original Article published on Warrior.Scout by Ann Scott Tyson