Category Archives: Insider's Tips

Recommended Reading for the Bodyguard

From Amazon: The book is highly recommended by business executives, politicians, military officers, security specialists, diplomats, and law enforcement executives around the world. The Art of Executive Protection employs the doctrines of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese military strategist who taught that one must plan secretly, move surreptitiously, and foil the enemy’s intentions to win the day without shedding blood. That is the essence of executive protection (EP): avoiding conflict through intelligent, proactive thinking.

The author Robert L. Oatman writes a very “real world” book–He takes the “hollywood” out and keeps it very grounded.  He also teaches an excellent course on Executive Protection that I have attended. 

So you want to be a Bodyguard?

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE JOB:

Be advised just because you are a current or former; 1.) SEAL, 2.) DELTA, 3.) LEO, 4.) Black Belt/Ninja, 5.) Trained Shooter/Sniper, or what ever you are does not mean you are qualified to do THIS job.

Keep the following in mind:

– Just because you can storm a beach does not make you an expert in protective services

– Just because you can kill a terrorist does not mean can prevent your client from being killed

– Just because you can Protect & Serve a community does not me you know how protect a single client

– Just because you can protect yourself does not mean you can protect someone else

– Just because you can shoot someone does not mean you can prevent someone from shooting your clientThe only thing that makes you qualified to do this job is Protective Services “SPECIFIC” training and practical work experience in this field. Don’t get me wrong some of the best operators in this field are from the above mentioned groups (1-5), but not because they are SEALS, DELTA, LEO’s, MA’s etc but because they are SEALS, DELTA, LEO’s, MA’s, etc with Protective Services “Specific” training and experience.  This is from an excellent post by Kirian in the Executive Protection section of the Tactical Forums Anyone actively involved in the bodyguard community would do well to check this site out. 

How to Subcribe to a Blog

Everyone kind of assumes anyone reading a Blog knows how to subcribe to one…(I didn’t) so this post might be helpful for some.  RSS feed readers let you follow news and blogs easily, comfortably and efficiently in a dedicated program, on a web site or in your email program.

Subscribing to an RSS feed is easy.

  • Simply hit the subscribe button or look for a little orange XML icon on this or any other favorite news site or blog  This tells your PC to “syndicate this site”.
  • Paste it in your RSS feed reader (News reader) 

Some popular news readers are MyYahoo, Bloglines, or Google’s custom home page.   Once its set up, any new updates from blogs or news sites will appear on that page and you have one-stop shopping.

For more detailed information, you can click here, or here.

Tools (and tricks) of the Trade

When you think of outfitting yourself for a career as a bodyguard what’s on your essential must-have list?

  • Semi-Automatic Handgun? (With appropriate license to carry)
  • Bulletproof Vest?
  • How about one of those cool–talk into your hand–microphones?

It’s true, at some point and time there is probably a place for all of that.  However, one of the biggest assets to someone doing this line of work for any length of time is something so obvious it really gets overlooked:

Yep, a good, COMFORTABLE, pair of shoes will make a world of difference for the bodyguard.  Just ask any agent who’s worked a detail where he has to stand for 12 hours plus, or walked 3 miles on an overseas sight-seeing trip with a VIP (on unpaved roads!) I’ve done all those things and I’ll tell you, wear the wrong shoes and the unpleasantness factor goes up dramatically.    

Elijah with Usher in the UK

The best of the Past…

Behind the Bodyguard Business existed previously as version 1.0 on Myspace.  If your interested in what makes the people in our profession do what we do, or if your an insider just looking for a good read, there are a lot of great post archived there.  Feel free to take a vist by clicking here.