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    Report: Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1

    Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan still outnumber U.S. troops by a 3-to-1 margin according to new research released this week, raising questions again about the role those workers play in the ongoing wars overseas and the oversight they receive.

    The data, compiled by the Congressional Research Service and first reported by Politico, shows contractor numbers in both Iraq and Afghanistan dating back to fiscal 2007. Combined, the Defense Department spent more than $220 billion on contractors in both war zones for a variety of services and support.

    The numbers show that the non-military defense workers have outnumbered U.S. troops in Afghanistan continuously since mid-2011, even as the numbers of both have drawn down steadily. But the ratio between the two groups continues to widen as administration officials work to reduce the roles played by armed military personnel in the war-torn country.

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    Wasn't there a time when civilians paid to do this stuff were called mercenaries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    Wasn't there a time when civilians paid to do this stuff were called mercenaries?
    I reckon...though I'd suppose the vast majority of these contractors are not combat-type...but CE, Maintenance, etc.

    I'm not sure how I feel about this or if it is even an issue...it just is the way we are nowadays. it is curious though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandsjames View Post
    Wasn't there a time when civilians paid to do this stuff were called mercenaries?
    They still are mercenaries

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeKerriii View Post
    They still are mercenaries
    I agree. They are in essence the dictionary definition of Mercs...

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