I will be in better shape than 99% of the active duty personnel,
although this is not hard.
I will equip myself with the latest high speed gear,
and will trick out my M4 until it weighs more than 24 lbs, not because it works better,
but because it look cool in the photographs.
I will carry more weapons, ammunition, and implement of death on my person than
an infantry fire team, and when engaged I will lay waste to everything around me.
It sounds funny, right?
Contractors are lean, mean, killing machines, right?
They have to be, because when they're out there they have almost no support.
No buddies in IFV's armed with chainguns and mg's, no attack heli's, nothing save for an armored car and maybe a light recon heli.
A single infantryman with a radio can call in artillery support to destroy a fortified position, a single "mike target" and he can check for survivors. A single contractor has to retreat in this situation.
A few years ago the US Army made a crazy test, they gathered a group of FPP gamers gave them the best equipment available and sent them against Rangers armed with M4s.
The geeks have beaten the rangers hands down, proving that in a modern conflict the only thing that counts is your gear.