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Tactical Nannys: NYC military veterans offered child-care jobs after nanny accused of murders

It wasn’t long ago that a memorable picture of a nanny and two children was splashed across every TV screen. The story? An Upper West Side nanny accused of slaying two children under her care.

Jonathan Gilliam, a former Navy SEAL, says it was that horrific case that lead to his idea of making homes safer, by thinking about retired female veterans in a new light.

“Nobody ever thinks about using them as nannys,” Gilliam said.

And with that sentence, an idea was born just three months ago. A new company known as “Tactical Nanny” was created out of a division of the United States Continued Service Organization.

“It’s the children we are protecting and the veterans we are giving jobs to,” he said.

The 43-year-old former lieutenant believes because of their training, the veterans are the best fit to protect children while also performing nanny duties.

But some people may be concerned because of the rising issue of suicide in the military, along with high percentages of post traumatic stress disorder. Though Gilliam says he’s already thought about that.

“We’re going to screen heavily,” he says. “We’re going to have a psychologist interview the females as well as the families.”

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5 Comments to “Tactical Nannys: NYC military veterans offered child-care jobs after nanny accused of murders”

    glenn greenhouse said:
    February 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Interesting, novel concept. Could be a source of a new crop of qualified Child Care-Givers/Nannies. Lot's more to it though. Especially when your going after the market which can afford to employ a "high-end" nanny, by offering a compensation package suitable for what is being proposed. Never forget, academic background equally important. Ability to work for the Rich & Famous also important. Requires a unique "personality component."

    Personally, I would like to explore this concept further as I do see potential.

    Glenn Greenhouse
    Greenhouse Agcy, Ltd http://www.greenhousestaffing.com

    glenn greenhouse said:
    February 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Interesting, novel concept. Could be a source of a new crop of qualified Child Care-Givers/Nannies. Lot's more to it though. Especially when your going after the market which can afford to employ a "high-end" nanny, by offering a compensation package suitable for what is being proposed. Never forget, academic background equally important. Ability to work for the Rich & Famous also important. Requires a unique "personality component."

    Glenn Greenhouse
    Greenhouse Agcy, Ltd http://www.greenhousestaffing.com
    glenn@greenhousestaffing.com

    ERw said:
    February 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    How can I apply for the tactical nanny program. I am Veteran and an LPN. Is there an age limit?

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