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Security Guard Career

A bodyguard is a person who professionally protects someone (known as their principal) from personal assault, kidnapping, assassination, loss of confidential information, or other threats. Alternative term for bodyguard that is gaining popularity (particularly with the bodyguards themselves) is close- protection officer. Many professional training courses identify themselves close-protection training instead of body guarding training, for example.

In multi-agent units (like those protecting a celebrity or a head of state) one or more bodyguards may specialize in specific tasks, such as:

communications/communications protection
operation of physical security measures (regarding premises, transport vehicles and personal armor)
intelligence, threat/vulnerability/risk assessment and analysis
explosives and chemical detection
sniper warfare and special weapons
crowd screening and control

This job is unlike other security watchman's jobs. The important person, whose life you are guarding, totally trusts you because the question of his or her life depends entirely on you. Your alertness and integrity and the sense of dedication must be of highest degree. Still, there are more traits of equal importance, this job calls for.

high degree of duty consciousness
fearlessness and courage to fight back
expertise in hand to hand combat technique and firearms usage
strong eye for suspicious people and movements
unmindful of 9-5 type work hours

Most Bodyguard Training courses are designed to provide you with basic first aid training, self-defense techniques and sometimes weapons training. Although not all Bodyguard jobs require that you carry a weapon, there are some Bodyguard jobs that do.

A person with Military training, or Martial arts training, is usually highly regarded in the Bodyguard industry, as their skills are often needed in certain Bodyguard positions. Although you are not likely to ever have to physically grapple with a person, there is the possibility that it can occur, so knowledge of self-defense techniques are important.

There are many situations in everyday society that require a Bodyguard. For example, many film and music stars often hire Bodyguards to protect them from the possibility of kidnapping, or from the possibility of being attacked by a crazy fan. There are also less glamorous Bodyguard positions, such as protecting a bank, shopping mall, or private properties at night. Often these Bodyguard positions require you to be on your own, hence the need for self-defense skills.

What are the necessary requirements to work as a bodyguard?

Be in good Physical Condition; in that persons who are excessively overweight, or who have respiratory or heart problems or who have high blood pressure or other physical problems which would keep them from engaging in strenuous or physically challenging activities are not normally capable of performing the job of an Protection Specialist. Vision should be easily correctable to 20/20.

Although age requirements are not specifically set the average is from 21 to 55. More important than the age of the bodyguard is their physical condition, their training and experience.

The psychological makeup of the Protection Specialist is also of prime importance. The candidate must be mature and precise in his ability to quickly and correctly assess a situation and respond in the proper manner as dictated by the situation at hand. He should not be overly aggressive, hostile or moody, nor should he be slow to respond or correctly adapt to quick changes in any given situation or emergency.

A high degree of dedication to duty and cause is a must for the successful executive protection specialist. The ability to perform under adverse and dangerous situations is mandatory.

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