But this is the part of the article that caught my attention:
Operators in Iraq can earn more than $1,000 a day, depending on their experience and the riskiness of the job."Dig" may be the operative word. No matter how impressed the "chicks" back home may be, it doesn't really pay dividends if you get killed in Iraq and what they're digging is your grave.
“When a guy can make more money in one month than he can make all year in the military or in a civilian job, it’s hard to turn it down,” McClellan said. “Most of us have been getting shot at most of our lives anyway.”
War zones appeal to other traits common among the operators. In places like Iraq, they can continue to serve their country’s needs. They can find the adrenaline rush many thrive on. They can put themselves and their training to the test.
And then, there’s the “cool guy factor,” as McClellan put it. “Let’s face it,” he said. “Chicks dig it.”