| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Rent An Army: How Much Does It Actually Cost?


Many people have heard the phrase the world’s
oldest profession and know that it doesn’t refer to soldiers, but on record the world’s
oldest profession is actually that of the mercenary. While today the word has an extremely negative
connotation, in the past being a mercenary was a perfectly acceptable and even respectable
line of work. In fact, it was only in the last few hundred
years that standing national armies became the norm around the world, meaning that for
most of human history wars were fought by men and women paid good coin to put their
lives on the line. Today we’re going to look at the use of mercenaries
throughout history, and end with the greatest mercenary battle of the modern age. The oldest mercenaries on record may have
come from Africa, when the ancient Egyptian pharaohs routinely hired out Nubian mercenaries
to bolster their own armies. In the thirteenth century BC, Pharaoh Ramesses
II hired eleven thousand men to complement his own forces during his battles to stabilize
the Egyptian kingdom’s borders. This practice was hardly unique to the Egyptians
though, and empires around the world used mercenaries to fight their battles. The Greeks not only employed mercenaries frequently,
but in fact hired themselves out as mercenaries to other Greek city-states or even foreign
powers. Mighty Carthage, one of the ancient world’s
most important city-states, used mercenaries almost exclusively to fight its wars. The use of mercenaries continued through until
the modern age, though sometime around the seventeenth century, nations began to shift
away from hiring out private armies to do their dirty work for them. For thousands of years, it simply made more
sense to hire mercenaries to fight your war- keeping a fighting force trained, equipped,
and adequately supplied around the year was an expensive proposition that most kingdoms
simply couldn’t afford. Then there was the fact that it was often
impractical to have a standing army- most men had farms to support, and needed to be
home for most of the year to see to their farms, or else the entire kingdom would starve. Typically there were only a few weeks every
year when the average man could be called up to war, and most of this free time was
during winter when it was all but impossible to wage war. Thus kingdoms would rely on mercenaries, which
did not have farms to support and could thus wage war when it was most opportune to do
so. This also relieved the pressure on the national
economy from having men taken away from vital jobs in agriculture or other trades- this
was after all a time in history when surpluses of any kind, food or labor, were extremely
rare. Any disruption in the workforce of a nation
could lead to disaster. Simpler then to simply outsource the fighting
to warriors who didn’t even belong to the kingdom. Hiring mercenaries however did not come without
risk, as they were after all men who would fight for the highest bidder. A mercenary force could end up turning its
back on whoever hired it if the enemy offered more pay- although such betrayals might have
been terrible for the force’s reputation. Once a mercenary group was known to be disloyal,
it would make it more difficult for them to find employment elsewhere, so mercenaries
were at least financially motivated to hold their allegiance. Another trouble with mercenaries though came
from the fact that unlike a national force, they did not have any particular allegiance
or cause to fight other than money. If a battle turned for the worse, a mercenary
company might simply surrender, or leave the battle altogether if able to. They might have sued for terms from the enemy
when a professional military force would have stood its ground and fought. In the ancient world, a conquered enemy was
typically enslaved or worse- yet mercenaries were occasionally granted a reprieve given
their status as professional warriors, rather than punished along with the conquered. Some people, like the Romans and the famous
Carthaginian general Hannibal, used mercenaries to not only bolster their regular forces,
but to actually make them better soldiers. As mercenaries’ sole profession was war, they
would typically be far better trained than the men drafted into a nation’s military in
a time of need. Both the Romans and Hannibal would thus mix
their mercenary forces amongst their regular forces, and the expertise and training of
their mercenaries would bolster the abilities of the regular forces. The Romans are responsible for many of our
modern military traditions, and their influence remains strong in our militaries today despite
their empire having crumbled nearly fifteen hundred years ago. Yet the Romans were also one of the most prolific
users of mercenaries in history, and given the vast size of their empire it only makes
sense. In a strange parallel to today’s resurgence
in the use of mercenaries, Rome would often hire mercenaries to fight particularly bloody
or unpopular conflicts, as casualties suffered by mercenaries would not be mourned by Roman
citizens. The loss of hundreds or even thousands of
legionnaires at a time though would be a catastrophic blow to Rome, not just economically but politically. Just like a modern nation, Rome and its citizens
did not like losing soldiers in war. Today the United States and other nations
have mirrored Rome’s use of mercenaries to fight unpopular wars. Incredibly, nearly half of all combatants
in Iraq during the US war were mercenaries hired out by the US or other NATO nations. During the height of the wars in both Iraq
and Afghanistan, the US had spent almost three hundred and fifty billion dollars on mercenaries-
a whopping figure that’s more than many nation’s military budgets. The reasoning was rather simple- the US and
its all-volunteer force simply did not have the manpower to fight two insurgencies simultaneously. Unlike a conventional conflict against another
modern nation, an insurgency requires much more manpower to combat, and can tie up many
times more personnel than a conventional war would. Had the US wanted to fight these wars without
the use of mercenaries, it would have had to institute a mandatory draft, which was
of course a political impossibility. The best benefit for the US and other NATO
nations using mercenaries though was not just the extra bodies available to conduct counter-insurgency
operations, but the simple fact that casualties amongst mercenary forces are not reported
on the evening news. Thus it is extremely politically appealing
to turn to the use of mercenary forces rather than conventional military power, as the casualties
that mercenaries suffer won’t create any backlash amongst voters. Many have warned though that as the world
increasingly turns to mercenaries to fight unpopular conflicts, it might make the launching
of those conflicts much easier, and could provoke a rash of violence around the world. The lack of national accountability by mercenary
forces is also deeply disturbing for many, as mercenaries after all are not bound by
the same laws of conflict that nations impose on their own military forces. This was most clearly evidenced by the international
censure of Blackwater after reports of its brutal and at times illegal activities in
Iraq were covered by the media. So did it really pay to be a mercenary in
the past? How about today? Hiring out a mercenary is not a cheap proposition,
and never has been. As professional fighting men- and occasionally
women- mercenaries have commanded a top salary throughout history. Today the average mercenary’s pay varies,
but nearly every professional mercenary in a reputable security firm makes more than
the average soldier in the US military. Mercenaries contracted out for work in Iraq
and Afghanistan could earn as much as $1500 per day, and on average a private military
contractor- as mercenaries are politely known today- could earn around $90,000 per year,
while a US soldier would earn anywhere from $1,500 a month for a private, to $15,000 a
month for a general. In the past, mercenaries also commanded princely
sums, often earning the same pay as a mid-grade military officer in a national army. Mercenaries were often also privy to loot
taken during their fighting, and might have a guaranteed share of spoils upon victory
over an enemy. Sometimes, they were even granted plots of
land, or in the case of ancient Rome, they might have earned Roman citizenship for a
long enough service to Rome. It very clearly pays to be a mercenary, but
mercenaries are often paid so well because they might be called upon to take huge risks. This has not been more starkly evident then
in modern history’s greatest mercenary battle, the assault on American forces by Russian
mercenaries and Syrian infantry in February of 2018. Based off intelligence gathered from enemy
killed after the attack, as well as intelligence sources within both Syria and Russia, in early
February of 2018 Russian mercenaries known as The Wagner Group gathered together with
Syrian infantry forces for a surprise attack on an American Special Operations command
outpost in Syria. The outpost was manned by a force of about
thirty American special forces soldiers and their Syrian rebel allies, and the location
of the American forces was well known to both the Russians and the Syrians. Forty eight hours before the attack, American
intelligence assets picked up Russian radio communications planning a possible attack
against an American position. The perpetrators were immediately identified
as being members of The Wagner Group, a mercenary force that is often contracted out by the
Russian government to conduct off-the-books operations that can’t be linked back to Russia
directly. The Wagner Group is known to be made up primarily
of former Russian Spetsnaz, and this particular force was being actively assisted by active-duty
Spetsnaz soldiers deployed from Russia. Further linking Russia to the attack, the
assault force gathering for the attack attempted to interrupt American communications using
electronic warfare equipment that is known to be proprietary to Russia, though later
President Putin would deny all Russian involvement in what had turned into a massacre. The Russian mercenary force was observed by
US recon assets gathering together several tanks, artillery pieces and anti-air platforms
a few days before the attack in a town just miles from the American outpost. On alert to the gathering troops, American
Green Berets and a platoon of Marine infantry prepared to respond to the outpost if it came
under attack, and Russian military forces in the area were contacted to ensure that
there was no accidental exchange of fire between the two sides. On February 7th, early in the afternoon, a
force of about 500 Russian mercenaries and Syrian troops supported by 27 vehicles began
a march on the American outpost. The Americans and their Kurdish and Syrian
rebel allies were outnumbered ten to one. Immediately the US military placed Air Force
and Navy war planes on alert, while sixteen Green Berets and American marines about twenty
miles away prepared to rush to the fight in support of the outpost if it came under attack. At 8:30 that night, the Russian mercenaries
and Syrian forces began their attack. Artillery and mortar rained down on the American
positions, and Russian T-72 tanks opened fire on the few hardened structures in the outpost. The American special forces operators and
their allies had dug themselves into fighting positions all along the perimeter of the outpost,
and responded to the incoming fire with anti-tank missiles and heavy machine gun fire. The incoming column of armored vehicles was
briefly halted when the four lead vehicles were destroyed by a volley of anti-tank missiles. American military commanders immediately contacted
their Russian counterparts and called on them to cease the attack, though the Russian military
claimed ignorance of any such attack and blamed the assault on Syrian forces. With the Russian-led force not deterred and
pressing the attack, the authorization was given for American air forces to counter-attack
the assault element. Within minutes American air assets were on-scene,
Reaper unmanned drones loosing a volley of Hellfire missiles against the enemy artillery
and heavy vehicles. Apache helicopters descended on the enemy
column of vehicles, devastating the formation with heavy machine gun fire, rockets, and
guided missiles. F-15s loosed cluster munitions amongst the
enemy infantry, while loitering AC-130 gunships and B-52 bombers pounded the survivors mercilessly,
all the while F-22 stealth fighters provided top cover, and then dived low for several
strafing runs against the shattered enemy forces. All the while the sixteen American green berets
and Marines sped towards the fight inside their own armored vehicles, but were unable
to approach the outpost due to the sheer volume of fire that American air assets were laying
down. Instead they were forced to hunker down outside
of the engagement envelope, lest they be accidentally destroyed by the sheer amount of firepower
being rained down amongst the Russian mercenaries and their Syrian allies. Incredibly, the enemy forces pressed their
assault regardless of their losses. Around one in the morning American air assets
were forced to return to base to rearm and refuel, and the combined Green Beret and Marines
response force was able to speed to the outpost and reinforce the fifty defenders there. This was just in time, as the enemy gathered
en masse for one final push to destroy the Americans before their air support could return. Low on ammunition, the defenders managed to
hold off the attack with heavy machine gun fire and fresh ammo stocks brought by the
16 man response force. The four armored Marine vehicles also lent
their fire to the fight, strafing enemy forces with their heavy cannons. Within a half hour, a new wave of American
air power arrived on scene, and shortly after that the assault, and the bloodiest mercenary
battle in modern history was over. In all, American forces and their allies suffered
only a single wounded, while the combined Russian mercenary force and their Syrian allies
suffered over a hundred dead and many more wounded. Russia would deny any involvement in the attack,
though in the months following the incident US intelligence tracked several Wagner Group
mercenaries involved in the attack as they returned to Russia for medical treatments
for their injuries. Given the secrecy of Russian involvement,
it is difficult to ascertain how many Russians were involved in the actual attack, or if
they were simply there serving as advisors as some sources have claimed. The February 7th, 2018 incident serves to
showcase the inherent danger in being a mercenary, though that danger is magnified today as it
has never been before. While in the past mercenaries were superior
to national armies in training and equipment, today the roles have been reserved, and mercenaries
are best used for small-scale and limited operations against non-state actors. As the Russian mercenary outfit The Wagner
Group discovered the hard way, going up against a national military without the resources
of a true military force can be disastrous. National militaries today simply field far
greater capabilities than any mercenary could hope to enjoy, and so if you ever planned
on becoming one, you should make sure that you know exactly who you’ll be going up against-
or odds are you won’t be surviving the fight to enjoy your hefty pay day. Would you ever be a mercenary? Should they even exist today? Let us know in the comments! And go check out our other video- What Makes
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100 Comments

Algo Rhythm

Jan 1, 2020, 1:25 am Reply

Was once offered $50k for three weeks of "contracting" in SE Asia. Ain't no payday worth a person's life.

David Does

Jan 1, 2020, 1:38 am Reply

Man people finance everything these days. From phones to other people…

Nils Halvorsen

Jan 1, 2020, 5:51 am Reply

How to hire Merryweather and underpay them later.

Orpheus

Jan 1, 2020, 12:21 pm Reply

11:15 You talk about how F-15s dropped cluster munition. Isn't that illegal? Cluster bombs are known to tear away the legs and arms of children decades later.

NinjaKnight671

Jan 1, 2020, 5:35 pm Reply

The year is now 2020 and there has been a lot of WW3 memes. What are the odds of Iran hiring mercs?

Blake Pinette

Jan 1, 2020, 10:36 pm Reply

“Despite their empire having crumbled nearly 1500 years ago”
Last time I checked, Constantinople fell in the 15th century. They didn’t call themselves “Byzantine” they called themselves Roman.

Christopher G

Jan 1, 2020, 1:48 am Reply

13:40 Maxim 45. "The size of the combat bonus is inversely proportional to the likelihood of surviving to collect it."
I would never consider Mercenary work, but then I also avoided being Drafted. I am not suited for combat, mentally or physically.

Kre CV

Jan 1, 2020, 8:29 pm Reply

Nice propaganda ;p

Oskaras Dockus

Jan 1, 2020, 6:25 pm Reply

sad

JL B

Jan 1, 2020, 1:13 am Reply

Why do they show can-can dancers when talking about prostitutes?

Nicholas Owens

Jan 1, 2020, 4:45 am Reply

We still have a drafting United States and just put it on inactive because we're not at War time today

Muyiwa Abubakar

Jan 1, 2020, 2:49 pm Reply

How Much Does It Actually Cost?
I want to defeat Boko Haram

Nicholas Owens

Jan 1, 2020, 4:34 pm Reply

Yes I understand that I'm just saying the draft was not abolished it's just being inactive

Nicholas Owens

Jan 1, 2020, 4:36 pm Reply

And if I heard that little bit wrong shame on me

Svante

Jan 1, 2020, 10:03 pm Reply

On alibaba is only 20$ for ex military from Vietnam

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magnusm4

Jan 1, 2020, 12:26 am Reply

One funny thing is that the US army has had awful problems with their equipment.
They aren't allowed to use their own equipment and must use what they're given, but these are by private companies which means cheapest and some defects are useless.
So soldiers has been given broken or useless bullet vests and other things.

Ben Burns

Jan 1, 2020, 5:24 am Reply

Prostitution is the world's oldest profession not being a mercenary

waldenbrook

Jan 1, 2020, 6:31 am Reply

Do you even read the comments? Unbelievable. But why you've been quiet about a largest mercenaries army in the world – army of the USA? Tell us about all crimes the USA's mercenaries did in Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sirya…
There no more peace everywhere the American's "Peacemakers" going. Tell about USA was seized the Iraq's, Libya's, Syria's oil?

Why you showing Russian mercenaries as evil and being quiet about USA's mercenaries at all?

Stefan Reich

Jan 1, 2020, 12:23 pm Reply

This horrible violent channel

eric mepho

Jan 1, 2020, 2:05 pm Reply

Oldest practice and profession is PROSTITUTION 😜

Harrison Waltman

Jan 1, 2020, 5:55 pm Reply

11:00 – 13:00 The lesson here is don’t f*ck with America lol

SUCKMEOFF ROPER

Jan 1, 2020, 5:52 pm Reply

slavs. Yewww.

That One guy

Jan 1, 2020, 8:38 pm Reply

So brainwashed.

lol70721

Jan 1, 2020, 12:35 am Reply

Americans op plz nerf

yougonasorry

Jan 1, 2020, 8:06 pm Reply

can i hire a crew to do a somewhat illegal job for me? Where can i do that?

walid hus

Jan 1, 2020, 7:33 am Reply

Modern day mercanaries are the ISIS hired by the Americans to destabilise middle east, so they can continue to benefit from the oil and gold without being prevented from taking as much as possible free of charge.

Tony Ruiz

Jan 1, 2020, 11:39 pm Reply

Merryweather from GTA V anyone?

Colonizer-Chan

Jan 1, 2020, 10:07 am Reply

Talked to a guy who was in a PMC, said it was the worst job he’s worked and even got shot with a 9mm and survived.

Literally only did it to pay his mother’s medical expenses.

jryde421

Jan 1, 2020, 11:48 am Reply

Let Recap a little; Russia actually planned and executed the acttack only in 2018….2020 we execute irans important general..iran the allie of Russia..the enemy of isreal , who swrore they would destroy iran if they keep the nuclear program going..

УСПЕХИ THAT MEANS MR BAKE SUCKS IN RUSSIAN

Jan 1, 2020, 6:18 pm Reply

The Roman Empire technically fell when the Byzantine empire fell which was only 600 years ago

PotatoPCs Gamer

Jan 1, 2020, 2:29 pm Reply

Iraq is taking notes

You ll never know why I edited this for

Frogman Smith

Jan 1, 2020, 9:55 pm Reply

I'm still waiting to know how much it ACTULLY cost!

Calvin I

Jan 1, 2020, 1:46 am Reply

Mercenaries today are called private contractors, the U.S. Army has been using ALOT of them in the Middle East

Hemp meds

Jan 1, 2020, 3:26 am Reply

mercenary is spelt blackwater

Peter Merino

Jan 1, 2020, 3:36 am Reply

Trump has made the USA armed forces into mercenaries. Pretty cool I guess…we need to start charging all the eu countries “insurance”

Lycos Surfer

Jan 1, 2020, 6:55 pm Reply

So with minimum $50 payments on my credit card, I can get what in regards to an army?

Duane Wyane

Jan 1, 2020, 11:20 am Reply

Infographics needs to get their title right. Came to learn how much hiring a private army would cost me and not how Amricans effortlessly defeated mercs in syria.

Mitchell Rivera

Jan 1, 2020, 5:49 pm Reply

Isreal and the jews already "rent" our entire military, judicial system and our politicians.

Lightup Darkness

Jan 1, 2020, 3:08 pm Reply

Street "thugs" would be cheap but disloyal

Joe Dollars

Jan 1, 2020, 3:55 pm Reply

U gotta wonder how the bad guys in all those movies hire so many henchmen willing to throw away their lives to fight one or two guys

juke box hero

Jan 1, 2020, 9:52 pm Reply

We could hire them to make the border with Mexico a no go zone.

Don Elion

Jan 1, 2020, 8:31 pm Reply

Why do the Romans in this video look 😳

That Guy

Jan 1, 2020, 9:30 am Reply

I think [SECURITY FORCES] should exist if you don't want a draft. Would I become one? As with anything, that depends on the pay and the specific company.

Nate W

Jan 1, 2020, 8:57 pm Reply

Americans attacked… Blows up the entire surrounding landscape within minutes. Awesome

Douglas Self

Jan 1, 2020, 9:13 pm Reply

The Romans made extensive use of what they term "Foederati", from which we get the words "federate" and "Federal". Generally, these were subject tribes, mostly Germans, whom lived either just inside or just outside the Roman frontier. Their soldiers were hired on a tribal basis, that is, their king or chieftain was the one paid, the tribal soldiers owed their allegiance to him. Likewise, they were used to augment the regular Roman forces, which lessen the logistical strain on the Roman Army, even though its excellent system of roads (mostly built by the Army itself!) enabled unprecedented large forces to move great distances, relatively quickly. The Romans also had the practice of "ransoming" the eldest son of their "Foederati" chieftain, and often the lad was sent to Rome at a relatively tender age, about nine or ten, to be educated and, when mature enough, to be trained as a Roman officer. By this practice, when this eldest son had matured and had experience with Roman military practices and customs, in theory, he'd take over and run his tribal the "Roman" way. And it USUALLY worked, but there were spectacular backfires, most notably with Arminius, whom, once, after he'd had a success career as a Roman general, went back to assume leadership of his tribe, and he turned on his one-time masters, resulting in the disastrous (for the Romans) Battle of the Teutoburg forest, with the loss of THREE entire Roman legions in present-day Germany in AD 9 ("Varus, Varus, give me back my legions").

Gradually, as the Roman population and economy declined, especially in the West, the "Roman" Army, even the regulars, became more and more a Germanic force, even the Generals. Most of the "Magister Militium" in the last hundred years of the Western Roman Empire were Germans, and, in most cases, they were the real power behind the throne, their "Roman" emperor being a figurehead. In fact, the Battle of Chalons-sur-Marne in 451 AD, ostensibly where the Western Romans (with a smattering of Byzantine mercenaries) faced off against Attila and his Huns, was mostly one alliance of Germans versus another, as the Huns adopted the same practices towards the Germans that they took in as had the Romans. The "Fall" of the Western Roman Empire came when, although most of the locals still considered themselves "Romans", as did most of the German immigrants, there simply wasn't a need to maintain the appearance of Imperial authority. When the chieftain Odoacer, himself a Roman general and Magister Militium under Emperor Julius Nepos, put down a rebellion by a usurper to the Western throne, Orestes, whom installed his son, Romulus Augustus, on the throne at Ravenna (Nepos fled to Dalmatia, present-day Croatia). Odoacer hunted down Orestes and killed him, and on Sept. 4, 476, went to the court at Ravenna, demanded the boy emperor step down, and had him pensioned off and sent to a monastery. He then sent the Imperial standards to the Eastern Emperor, Zeno, in Constantinople, telling him there was no need for a Western Emperor and that he'd recognize nominal Eastern Roman authority, although he'd rule as Patrician, nominally under Nepos. This, of course, left Nepos, in exile in Dalmatia, out in the cold, and he was assassinated in 480 AD, likely on orders from Odoacer himself. The rule of the German king of Italy lasted 17 years. After about 486 AD, Odoacer fought with Zeno, and the Eastern Emperor used his own Magister Militium, Flavius Theodoric, to wage a war against him. Their war lasted until 493 AD, when, ostensibly having made a truce and agreeing to rule Italy joint, Theodoric turned on his rival and slew him at a feast, and hunted down the man's family and killed them as well. Theodoric did what his subdued rival had done, i.e., he paid nominal homage to Emperors Anastasius I, then Justin, then finally Justinian the Great, but expanded his kingdom in defiance of them all. After Theodoric passed on, the Byzantines and the Goths would fight several wars in which they finally lost Italy, but the heart of the Empire was devastated and would take centuries to recover. The Byzantines had also subdued the Vandals and for awhile, had the Mediterranean as their own "lake", but this wouldn't last, as Justinian's wars in the West bankrupted and weakened the Empire, his successors couldn't hold it the 6th century conquests very long.

Márton József

Jan 1, 2020, 11:58 pm Reply

IT'S OUR BOY HEMMINGWAY!!

Realtrach Zegoda

Jan 1, 2020, 11:28 pm Reply

Who is here because they Played Mount and Blade

nachos

Jan 1, 2020, 10:50 pm Reply

makes no sense to me why any mercenary army would agree to attack an outpost knowing they have no anti air capabilities!

Nicholas Conroy

Jan 1, 2020, 1:00 am Reply

I kind of wonder if this was Russia’s way of testing us and the allies we had. Modern wars aren’t fought between countries like that but with proxy usually.

FreeTube

Jan 1, 2020, 3:43 am Reply

*MAMLUKS*

Noah Hess

Jan 1, 2020, 6:52 am Reply

King- Mrs.Jefferson can Timmy come out for war?

Farmers wife- Absolutely not he’s choring today

🤴🏻😩

Donavon Crigger

Jan 1, 2020, 2:11 am Reply

Your complaining about him not answering why do you even need

Lennon Richardson

Jan 1, 2020, 6:12 am Reply

I've always heard that prostitution is the world's oldest profession.

Mr.Rebusa TV

Jan 1, 2020, 8:57 am Reply

Ohh

cabosei vankass

Jan 1, 2020, 9:16 pm Reply

me: win lottery also me: buy army

Justin Brown

Jan 1, 2020, 4:59 am Reply

They don't like that term mercenary mercenaries don't exist they used to turn hire bodyguard private contractor or guns for hire

KING

Jan 1, 2020, 7:05 pm Reply

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Christian Lasala

Jan 1, 2020, 8:32 pm Reply

Incorrect. The world's oldest profession is Flint Knapper.

Steven c Gutierrez

Jan 1, 2020, 10:05 pm Reply

I love it when loyal mercenaries and independent militaries put down foreign imperial invaders liberating a homeland free from corporate greed even while preventing WW3.

Ssj2_future_gohan

Feb 2, 2020, 5:30 pm Reply

When ur lvl 1 and try going up against lvl 100 boss

TEXHOCTPOJ

Feb 2, 2020, 8:35 pm Reply

Hey kids, wanna hear some USA propaganda about Russia while we speak about the cost of the mercenaries?

ben mazor

Feb 2, 2020, 6:27 am Reply

its cheaper to be a one man army

Adam

Feb 2, 2020, 11:42 pm Reply

The bloodiest mercenary battles would have been in Africa, the congo, rhodesia etc.

Nole E

Feb 2, 2020, 4:20 am Reply

I had to hire a army to get the people out of my swamp.

Manny

Feb 2, 2020, 11:03 pm Reply

They lied about the worlds oldest profession

A. Morais

Feb 2, 2020, 1:49 am Reply

How much does it cost? I still don’t know.

K. R .J

Feb 2, 2020, 3:54 am Reply

Australia Rents Soldiers out all the time

Pck Kaboo

Feb 2, 2020, 1:19 pm Reply

Hehehe..Fight Money With Money.. all about who has the bigger wallet..

Rodrigo NaveiraBerrud

Feb 2, 2020, 6:19 pm Reply

So a force of more than 500 hundred mercenaries with former spetnaz on them, launched a planed assault with tanks to an american outpost and the results were 1 american wonded?
dont get me wrong, i think the american army is the most powerful army right now and on that time… but it seems a bit suspicius… i mean, we are not on ancient rome anymore, armys usually have a plan B,C,D, ETC… you are telling me that former spetnaz didnt imagine the posibility of their plan being leaked? didnt know the american firepower?
i guess is not imposible, but for me is pretty hard to belive, at least the way they told us here.

(sorry for my cancerous english)

Shampoo the spider

Feb 2, 2020, 12:43 am Reply

My mega block halo toy army name: UNSC Republic

wojtekpolska

Feb 2, 2020, 6:39 am Reply

i guess today they are more like security + bodyguards for rich peoples owning mansions/islands

The Asian Kid

Feb 2, 2020, 1:23 am Reply

Mercenary

Drew M

Feb 2, 2020, 3:29 am Reply

"For most of history, wars were fought by men and women…"
But 99.9%+ men.

dead echo

Feb 2, 2020, 5:22 pm Reply

Being a mercenary may pay well but if you are ex millitary and have trained and fought with the advantage of Air and armour support then suddenly as a merc you just have your rifle and your infantry skill on hand with back up from a quick reaction force unlikely. Yes i can see the appeal of being a mercenary financially till you get ambushed and there is no one to extract you.

James Cache

Feb 2, 2020, 5:05 pm Reply

I remember a lot of Russian posts on VK about wounded mercenaries being denied official disability status in Russia. Sure, Putin treats his own people as replaceable slaves, what a shame.

Nefarious Cookie

Feb 2, 2020, 7:13 am Reply

60k per year a head with benefits and bonus.

Simao Duarte

Feb 2, 2020, 4:49 am Reply

Im a mercenary too, I work for money.

androssteague

Feb 2, 2020, 8:05 am Reply

I thought this video was on how much to rent an army and how to do it.

androssteague

Feb 2, 2020, 8:06 am Reply

Should mercenaries even exist? All I can say is the world will always need someone to pull the trigger.

venom

Mar 3, 2020, 7:28 pm Reply

why is there only one comment

ChronologicalLogic

Mar 3, 2020, 8:54 pm Reply

The mercenaries have pilfered all the comments.

Reax

Mar 3, 2020, 1:40 am Reply

Why is there only three comments

Aarav Virmani

Mar 3, 2020, 4:00 am Reply

Is the video so great that people forgot to comment???

Wesley Lam

Mar 3, 2020, 6:07 am Reply

uhh no comments o-o

majooismajor

Mar 3, 2020, 3:29 pm Reply

"military contractor"

dolphin dude

Mar 3, 2020, 9:57 pm Reply

I knew the Russians where up to something

Logan P

Mar 3, 2020, 11:47 pm Reply

Pulled out the coup in the lot

Unite&fightdammit

Mar 3, 2020, 7:15 pm Reply

Sounds like a movie. But with all of this I wonder why Trump is so cool with the Russian president?

Bakur

Mar 3, 2020, 11:19 pm Reply

750k+ views but under 12 comments?

John Edward Gallagher

Mar 3, 2020, 8:04 am Reply

It is in no way and negative thing for people to be mercenaries. Paid police, body guards or any other kind of security are to be held the the standards of thier professionalism,, and success it is by those criteria they should be judged.. They are paid by a state or other entity for thier skills. It is you or your writers that claim mercenaries are held in disrepute. This media driven thinking more and more does not reflect what people think and fell at least at the time the opinion is stated. But said over and over it may become reality. Media is very arrogant t in making what it's opinions my be seem as though it were truth. But what the media (and whoever runs it) want us top us to believe them and think the way they want us to. This is a terrible power that they wield and no group is capable of holding that much power. More and more during my life time the media has abused it's power. Mostly to sell stuff. I would urge those in the media to refrain as much as they can from self righteousness. .

Perkedel Lover

Mar 3, 2020, 11:59 am Reply

So…. How Much They Cost?…

dion jay woollaston

Mar 3, 2020, 8:52 pm Reply

Technically the British military is a private army because it belongs to the queen not the elected government of Britain

Жанболат Мырзашов

Mar 3, 2020, 7:39 pm Reply

Usa: Lets have the largest military on the earth. Also usa: leats also spend billions on mercs

GrG11 K2

Mar 3, 2020, 5:20 am Reply

TIME TO HIRE AN ANTI LOLICON ARMY

You know whatever

Mar 3, 2020, 9:45 pm Reply

Why was this in my recommendations?

Antoine

Mar 3, 2020, 11:47 am Reply

black water had to do what it had to do

Devilsigh

Mar 3, 2020, 6:41 am Reply

12:54 That's an impressive K/D

Nathan Peterson

Mar 3, 2020, 10:47 am Reply

They say one guy for 12 hrs is 1800 per day

Eric TS

Mar 3, 2020, 12:26 pm Reply

Welcome to anarcho- capitalism!!

El Hombre Mo

Mar 3, 2020, 7:43 pm Reply

0:38 – "The oldest mercenaries on record MAY HAVE come from Africa."
I thought there is a record of it… how are you unsure about where they came from?

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