When people hear the word “bodyguard” they usually picture a 6′ 5″ hulked out dude with black shades on and veins popping out of his biceps. The truth is professional bodyguards come in all different shapes and sizes (just not round). Many people in the industry are former military or law enforcement officers who are of average height.
Rather than getting caught up in stereotypes, most bodyguard agencies are looking for professionals that can execute the mission and protect their client.
Here are a few things to consider…
Similar to Military or Law Enforcement
Most bodyguard agencies will have the same requirements and standards as those set for military or law enforcement candidates. This is important to keep in mind, because if you are unable to meet those requirements then it’s unlikely you can make the cut with an executive protection agency.
If you are incredibly fit and overall considered to be great bodyguard material, but just a little on the short side, many agencies will make an exception. But if you’re much shorter than average (~5′ 9″), you’re unfortunately a lot less likely to get a pass as someone who is taller than average.
Top agencies that specialize in celebrity protection services like to employ taller bodyguards with big frames because of the intimidation factor. Some celebrity clients (usually female) will also simply prefer an unnaturally massive and highly visible personal protection detail to scare off the weirdos. That’s just the nature of this business sometimes.
Don’t Take it Personally
Remember, bodyguard agencies are looking for someone to protect clients from threats. There is a lot that goes into the bodyguard hiring process, but unfortunately sometimes your height or weight will make it more difficult for you to break in to the industry. Don’t take it personally if you get rejected.
And keep this in mind: You can always ask an agency if they have any non-escort detail positions available where height is not as important a factor. That can allow you to get started in the industry and build experience, even if it isn’t on the “front lines”.