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Former Navy SEAL Recruiting Female Military Veterans to Work as Nannies

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:33 AM
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Former Navy SEAL recruiting female military veterans to work as nannies

  • By JULIA MARSH
  • Last Updated: 9:21 AM, February 4, 2013
  • Posted: 1:13 AM, February 4, 2013

EXCLUSIVE

Gi Jane is coming to a family apartment near you.

Prompted by the Upper West Side slayings of two children by their nanny, a former Navy SEAL has started a company offering to match hypervigilant parents with the ultimate in protection - female military veterans as caregivers.

"That family even went down to the Dominican Republic thinking they were screening the nanny, but they didn't really know who she was," Tactical Nanny creator Jonathan Gilliam said of Marina and Kevin Krim, who lost two of their young children in the horrible attack last year.

DIAPER BRIGADE: In a move echoing the plot of Vin Diesel's 2005 comedy,
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DIAPER BRIGADE: In a move echoing the plot of Vin Diesel's 2005 comedy, "The Pacifier," former SEAL Jonathan Gilliam (above) is enlisting female veterans like Melissa Fraga to work as nannies in the city.
Vin Diesel's 2005 comedy,
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Vin Diesel's 2005 comedy, "The Pacifier"
Melissa Fraga
Melissa Fraga

"We're not just offering another nanny service. These women have a proven track record. They're veterans protecting the future of the USA," said Gilliam, 43.

The former lieutenant - who once served in the Navy's special operations force, the division that took out Osama bin Laden - said his veteran workers can change diapers as easily as they can reload a semiautomatic.

But they're also trained to protect people - in this case, kids - with their own lives, he said.

"They can keep tragedy from happening. You're paying for the peace of mind," Gilliam said of the service, which costs at least $1,500 a week, or about $30.75 a hour.

One of the no-nonsense nannies already lined up for the Tactical Nanny program is Miami-based Army reservist Melissa Fraga, 23.

As a reservist, she's trained to track enemies and oversee mission communications. She's a certified combat lifesaver, meaning she has high-level first-aid training.

And her résumé says she's also kid-friendly and has taught 4- to 13-year-olds in martial arts.

Asked what sets her apart from your average sitter, Fraga responded, "It's just being able to handle situations under stress.

"Let's say a nanny would freak out if she hears sounds around her. I'd be able to see the situation, figure out where the noise is coming from, check around the house and then do whatever other steps I need," Fraga said.

Gilliam, who has worked as an FBI counterterrorism agent in New York City, said he's already anticipated a concern families might have about employing vets: post-traumatic stress disorder.

He said all the workers at his 3-month-old firm, United States Continued Service, will come with comprehensive military reports that include background checks, training records and an account of any problems during their service.

In addition, Gilliam said he's consulting with a psychologist to match the vets' and families' personalities.

Whether the vets will be armed is up to their bosses.

Upper East Side mom Kathleen Histon, 45, said she's ready to sign up.

"With nannies who have tactical training and security clearance, you're really knowing the quality of the person you bring into your home. There's no price you can put on that," said the investment banker and single mother of two teen girls. "Our government's invested enough money in training them. You're reaping the benefit of that."

Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg

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by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:33 AM
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:13 AM

I don't believe that makes them any more safe from inside threats..outside, maybe.


rocketracer
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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Sounds like Jonathon Gillian is finding a nitch and creating a business...good for him.....it may flourish or it may fail, but at least he's trying something new....

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It's kind of like armed officers at schools, only in homes.

It will probably be affordable only by higher income families. But think about it - it's armed security who knows how to take care of children. A two-for-one prospect.

Not everyone will do this or be supportive of it, but I think it's a brilliant idea from a vet building a small business with the skills he learned in the military. Many former military use the skills they learned in the service - including all of my four brothers,  and one sister. I don't see this as anything different. And it meets a need now.

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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 And what inside threats would that be?

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I don't believe that makes them any more safe from inside threats..outside, maybe.


 

grandma B

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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 Two professionals living in NYC, especially on the upper East Side could more than afford this....even just one professional living there could.  Executives could well afford it too.  I think this idea could catch on.  The only thing that I, as a parent, would expect is to see a report from a medical professional that this person doesn't have any PTSD problems.

A friend and I were discussing something similar to this this morning.  We think the schools should hire our servicemen and women as armed guards at our schools.  She has 9 and 11 year old boys, and she would be perfectly comfortable with that.  In fact, she said she wants armed guards in their schools, and she lives in a town that is considered very low crime.

Quoting SallyMJ:

It's kind of like armed officers at schools, only in homes.

It will probably be affordable only by higher income families. But think about it - it's armed security who knows how to take care of children. A two-for-one prospect.

Not everyone will do this or be supportive of it, but I think it's a brilliant idea from a vet building a small business with the skills he learned in the military. Many former military use the skills they learned in the service - including all of my four brothers,  and one sister. I don't see this as anything different. And it meets a need now.

 

grandma B

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

COMPLETELY agree with you.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Two professionals living in NYC, especially on the upper East Side could more than afford this....even just one professional living there could.  Executives could well afford it too.  I think this idea could catch on.  The only thing that I, as a parent, would expect is to see a report from a medical professional that this person doesn't have any PTSD problems.

A friend and I were discussing something similar to this this morning.  We think the schools should hire our servicemen and women as armed guards at our schools.  She has 9 and 11 year old boys, and she would be perfectly comfortable with that.  In fact, she said she wants armed guards in their schools, and she lives in a town that is considered very low crime.

Quoting SallyMJ:

It's kind of like armed officers at schools, only in homes.

It will probably be affordable only by higher income families. But think about it - it's armed security who knows how to take care of children. A two-for-one prospect.

Not everyone will do this or be supportive of it, but I think it's a brilliant idea from a vet building a small business with the skills he learned in the military. Many former military use the skills they learned in the service - including all of my four brothers,  and one sister. I don't see this as anything different. And it meets a need now.

 



autodidact
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

funny, the only stories I've heard about children with nannies getting injured are those where the damage was inflicted BY the nanny. sadly, there doesn't seem to be a need for increased lethality. 

soonergirl980
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don't personally feel that a woman being in the military will necessarily be more qualified to be a nanny than anyone else.

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Dang.  What a good idea!

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

 If someone breaks into my house, or tries to snatch my kid from the playground, I would certainly rather have a soldier as their nanny, than someone from some namby pamby school, or someone like that crazy woman from the Dominican republic.

The people who would hire these soldiers, would likely be people in cities where crime is higher and with a high income.  Who knows, by the time this guy gets everything set up, he will likely have some kind of training courses for them in how to handle children, and they would already have extensive knowledge on first aid.

Quoting soonergirl980:

I don't personally feel that a woman being in the military will necessarily be more qualified to be a nanny than anyone else.

 

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