Private Bodyguard Requirements
Private bodyguards are typically sent out by agencies who have fully vetted their personnel. The vast majority are either expert former military, special forces or individuals that met most, if not all, the requirements expected by the Secret Service. Female bodyguards must meet the same level of skills and qualifications as their male counterparts and often are the only ones allowed to provide protection to wives or daughters of dignitaries and foreign businessmen or royalty.
Other words to describe private bodyguards include: Mercenaries, contractors, and private security.
The requirements to become a bodyguard in the private sector may be less demanding in education in the private sector but for those who are hired through an agency to protect and serve foreign dignitaries and their families or Wall Street CEO's, will require at a minimum, the following:
- Critical thinking and planning
- Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Combat Training
- Expert marksmanship
- Expertise in communication and surveillance equipment
- Professional behavior at all times
- No personal involvement or inappropriate language or actions towards the client(s)
- Must dress appropriately
Other bodyguard positions fall in the freelance category: These individuals may have recommendations from previous clients but won't be backed by a government or a private security company. Their positions are typically temporary and they negotiate their own salaries. They advertise online and on publications that cater to the militia mentality, weaponry, survivalist, etc.
Freelance bodyguards must be proficient in self-defense and weaponry and be able to demonstrate their skills because they have to sell and promote themselves with each potential client. Most, if not all, are former military or have received law enforcement training.