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Security in Guam


Guam is an unincorporated U.S. territory that covers a total land area of 209 square miles. It sits in the western Pacific Ocean and is the largest island of the Mariana Islands. It has an established civilian government, and Hagåtña is the capital. Dededo is the biggest village of Guam. The population of the territory is 159,358, and its population density is approximately 830 residents per square mile of land area. Guam is the closest area of land to the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. The territory has a tropical marine climate with hot and very humid weather year-round. It does get an average rainfall of 96 inches per year. Guam resides in “Typhoon Alley”, and typhoons and tropical storms commonly affect the island. Occasional earthquakes affect Guam because of its location on the Pacific Plate. Most of Guam is surrounded by a coral table reef, and rock cliffs and sandy beaches characterize the island. The southern area of the territory features mountains. Tourism is the largest contributor to Guam’s economy, followed by the U.S. military.

Security Employment Outlook in Guam
In May 2012, about 1,120 individuals worked as security guards in Guam, the figure is 18.446 for every 1,000 jobs. The average yearly wage was $17,760, or $8.83 by the hour. In general, the job outlook for security officers is positive, with a predicted growth of 19 percent by 2020. This figure is considered as fast as average for all jobs.

Guam Financial Aid
The Guam government offers financial assistance programs for college students. The Pedro “Doc” Sanchez Professional Scholarship is a program for students in business and public administration programs. The Professional/Technical Award program is for students seeking to pursue graduate, professional studies off the island. The recipient is chosen by the Board of Regents by various criteria, such as scholastic achievement, aptitude, financial need, and work or life experience. Students must be a resident of Guam for at least ten years and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. They must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate courses for master’s degree programs or a 3.3 GPA if pursuing a doctorate degree or a letter of acceptance from an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. They must also demonstrate financial need. The John F. Quan Memorial Scholarship and the Hero Scholarship are other government programs.


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