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Don’t call me a bodyguard.

The mere term bemoans of a burly guy, bald head, black suit, black shirt, black tie and a van dyke (proper name for what people call a goatee). The term in the US depicts someone that “follows” a celebrity around. Notice I said, “follow”.
For you old school specialist it also describes a guy that has no formal EP training and is usually picked by the celebrity from a club where he was a bouncer or from the local fitness club.
The nexus of a true EP specialist that separates the BG from the professional is the mindset, and training, particularly in protective advance work.
My partner Mark Fair (MTMS) describes In his basic EP course that a BG follows his client into danger whereas an EP specialist leads his protectee into safety. There is no replacement to a good advance, whether its a full blown advance or a hasty advance done in moments. As long as you know the MTMS checklist how do I…..?, where do I….? If something goes wrong, where do I…?, and finally how do I ……? (you’ll have to attend the course to know the checklist)
In Europe the term BG is directly associated, in many ways, with the true EP specialist. So if I’m operating in Europe I’m not offended by the term as much as I am in CONUS. Mostly this term is loosely used by the uninitiated as well as clients an their reps who don’t know any better.
For some of you this may seem like an unnecessary diatribe with no real meaning. But for me, all the schools and training I have attended and paid for over the years. Running and shooting and jumping out of suburbans in full tactical gear in the Texas heat as well as e quotes in magazines articles, and appearing on MSNBC comes with a cost. And that cost is I’ve paid my dues to be called an Executive Protection Specialist

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