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Temporary employees sought for training exercise at Fort Drum

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A company assisting with battlefield training exercises for Army National Guard soldiers at Fort Drum is accepting applications to hire 100 temporary employees to serve as civilian role players from the Caspian Sea region.

Valbin Corp. will accept applications daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn, 250 Commerce Drive, through Monday. Orientation for the positions will be on Wednesday, and the first day of work at Fort Drum will be Friday. The training exercise will take place seven days a week at the post through Aug. 25. Applicants must be at least 18.

Employees will be paid an hourly wage of $16.73 for 40-hour work weeks and $19.38 for overtime hours logged, said Jason N. Arisco, company recruitment specialist.

Role players will work anywhere from 10 to 12 hours a day. They will wear traditional attire and interact differently with soldiers, depending on training scenarios in 14 villages.

“People could be told to be friendly in one village, where you might have another with IEDs on the road and people who are hostile to the military,” Mr. Arisco said.

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