I agree, look to your trade, because the Circuit is now very hard to get on.
I know a lot of qualified guys ( having experience, multiple tours on the Circuit and completed PSD courses) who are having trouble getting back out there as the contracts are reducing or being taken by cheap alternatives ie: Iraqi's, Gurka's etc.
However BT, Vodafone, Oragne etc all require engineers who will go into hostile areas like Nottingham etc
As above its hard to get constant work, there's loads of blokes (in the thousands) trying to get out, its a very cut throat ruthless industry.. And the rates are dropping for lads on the ground.
Two colleagues I personally know who are both ex-SF had to wait four months between jobs.
Think seriously about this prior to entering into this field.
Role on Iran, set it free from tirrany and leave an international military presence to deal with an insurgency threat. And along with that of course, an army of private security operators to make sure people get to work safely...
And no more ex-british army security operators sitting around at home or in some Thai brothel scratching there balls turning alcoholic....happy days
Currently in Iraq at least you have a 1 in 4 chance of getting hit.
Though as it stands I've met probably 30 odd guys who have been out there. Of them it was 2 or 3 who had not been in a contact, about half had seen a mate caught in an IED/shot and a handful had been repatriated because of being shot or blown up.