Have they run out of Pakistanis ?
The United Arab Emirates is seeking to enlist 3,000 Colombian soldiers in the oil-rich Arab country's armed forces, weekly Semana reported Sunday. According to the weekly, 842 Colombian soldiers and retired soldiers have already joined the UAE army which is paying salaries up to ten times what the Colombian state pays the members of its armed forces.
The transfer of soldiers to the foreign army is causing unease among Colombia´s military commanders because the military fears the higher salaries abroad are draining the army of its best men and women.
"They have recruited soldiers with a lot of combat experience, valuable men with years of service in which the Army invested a lot in terms of training," an anonymous general told Semana.
"Without a doubt, this is a loss for the army, but there isn't much we can do because it is by no means illegal," the military official added.
According to the weekly, the Colombians are making in between $2,800 and $18,000 in the UAE depending on the rank. In Colombia, a soldier earns $530 a month on average.
The New York Times reported in May 2011 that the UAE hired Colombian soldiers as mercenaries through a company led by Erik Prince, the founder of controversial private security company Blackwater.
According to a Colombian former colonel -- now in charge of recruiting compatriots for the UAE Army -- the 800 Colombians currently active in the Arab peninsula are not part of a mercenary army, but hired directly by the armed forces. "What is happening now is different than before. We are no mercenaries. The contract of the people who travel is directly with the government of the [United] Arab Emirates," the anonymous colonel said. The Colombian ex-official said the UAE are investing in their military defense because the government "noticed that several threats have made them vulnerable." According to the former colonel, the Colombians' responsibilities "range from urban defense against terrorist attacks to the control of civil uprisings and even be prepared for a possible border conflict with Iran." The United Arab Emirates is one of the few countries in the Middle East that has not been affected by the "Arab spring," a wave of revolutionary social unrest that forced four rulers in the region from power.
Have they run out of Pakistanis ?
What?! Can't they train their own people into soldiers? Can anyone tell me if this sort of thing happens in other states?
They really think everything for sale...
Oh well, if they pay good monies, I don't mind.
What?! Can't they train their own people into soldiers?
When most of the population seems rich, receive entitlements any 99%-er would faint for (like, my cousine went there for holidays, and they told her newly wed couples are offered great houses by the state !!), there must not be many left that'd volunteer to go at drills, and be yelled at to toughen up ("You stop screaming at me ! I'll tell emy father !!")
Swiss guard in the Vatican (though they're not that Swiss anymore, I think...)Can anyone tell me if this sort of thing happens in other states?
Having lived there, it's probably because they locals are way too fat and unfit and prefer driving around all night. I doubt they would trust that many Pakistanis.
what about indonesians? lots of them and are muslin too and brown skinned too
It probably has more to do with finding soldiers who are battle hardened well trained and professional yet get payed low enough to be enticed into a potentially hazardous duty in hot ****ty desert with a pay raise than the color of their skin or even religion.
If that is in fact what the UAE is looking for, its not that easy to find.
18k per month?! Holy crap.According to the weekly, the Colombians are making in between $2,800 and $18,000 in the UAE depending on the rank. In Colombia, a soldier earns $530 a month on average.
The reason for it are the usual of that side of the gulf, you can always find guys to play commander, some guys signing short term for personal experience but not a lot of people want to make a "simple" grunt career in a country providing free abroad high end education to it's citizens and were everyone is either rich or having a fulfilling job.
Therefore they have to recruit mercenaries to fill NCO and specialists positions.
And the list of countries with guys well trained, combat experience and whose country has no ties with gulf politics is a short one, Colombia pretty much is the only country fitting on it.
Fair **** to them if they are on that kind of money, although there is that odd chance they may find themselves in a war against the Iranians one day.
is they wanted battle hardened soldiers I thought they could get them from the tipical mercenary companyes,which are supposed to be full of experienced soldiers isnt it?
looking for a certain nationality seem to be more about showing off to theyr neighbouring rich emirates like pokemon cards,considering how they spend theyr money