Careerbuilder posted a job description about Web developer “s opening in a US Base in Iraq:
Title: Web Developer (must have secret clearance)
Job Type: 3 month contract (could go shorter)
Salary: $20k per month
Start date: ASAP with 2 weeks training (one in Washington DC and another in Ft. Bening GA)
# of Openings: 1
Summary:A principal Department of Defense agency is looking for programmers, developers or coders to code, support field deployment and maintenance of a new database application which will be used by Army units in Iraq. Scope These are full-time positions (12/7) located at one of the major US Bases in IRAQ. Deployment will be period of 3 months. Training on the application software will begin prior to deployment and will take place in Virginia. These positions are available for full time employment or for independent contractors. These positions are available now
-A Department of Defense secret clearance within last 24 months
-Willing to work a 3 month contract in Iraq at US military bases
-2-4 programming experience preferably with JAVA or HTML
-Knowledge of database systems preferably SQL
-Familiarity with military networks and systems is desired, but not required.
-Relevant military background ( e.g. hands-on engineering background in S6 or G6 shop or MOS 25B or 74B is desired but not required.)
-AS or BS Degree in Computer Science minimum
Basically, this job description requires a junior programmer with minimum technical skills who has secret clearance. And for these skills you and I will pay him $20K a month. The war in Iraq is wrong, people are dying there for nothing, it “s lost by the USA exactly the same way as it happened in Vietnam. I support our troops by paying taxes, and decorating my car with appropriate bumper stickers., because I feel sorry for these young soldiers who have to be there. But I do not want to pay $20K a month to a rookie who knows a little Java and “preferably SQL ” to develop and deploy a database application.
I have three questions to the US Army IT commanders:
1. If this is a Web application, why do you need to deploy it on site? I “d assume that each of the military PC has standard software installed including the right version of the JRE.
2. Why can “t you hire a professional here in Virginia, who for $10K a month will tell you how to do it right without the need to go to Iraq? This will save our money and won “t jeopardize the life of junior Java developer.
3. Have you heard that Microsoft and Apple do not recommend using Java for mission-critical application? If not, read this post .