(From the GURPS Infinite Worlds campaign book) Interworld Special Weapons and Tactics (ISWAT) doesn’t exist, at least officially. Its agents are all on the books as Patrolmen, assigned to various out-of-the-way parallels, extended training missions, or nebulous headquarters duties. Its Director isn’t even on the Infinity payroll, which is understandable – even a casual auditor would notice a name like “Otto Skorzeny.” Recruited from a Hapsburg prison camp on Aeolus (see GURPS Alternate Earths 2 for further details), ISWAT’s Skorzeny combines his parallel selves’ genius for small-unit tactics and leadership with an astonishing degree of street-fighting political guile in the service of individual rights and opportunities. He has moved mountains to lift Infinity restrictions on outtime recruitment, at least for his own teams, and they remain fiercely loyal to him and ISWAT as a result. Well over half of ISWAT’s operatives (the total number is classified, but there are probably fewer than 100 five-to-seven-man squads on the active duty list) are outtimers from all walks of life.
Some of them, like Skorzeny, are “résumé recruits” picked based on their parallel selves’ skills. Some are locals who come to the notice of Patrolmen in some way, usually involving meritorious service or astonishing ability. A few are outtimers who stumble onto ISWAT operations and manage to find their way to Homeline, or to one of the covert financial, military, or technical facilities ISWAT maintains across the parallels. To Skorzeny, such cleverness and drive far outweighs any possible damage to The Secret – anyone smart enough to find his people is someone to be recruited, not dumped on Coventry to waste their skills forever.
A solid cadre of ISWAT operatives are Patrolmen, of course – those with a record of toughness, creativity, flexibility, and (most importantly) luck. Skorzeny is fond of saying “I can train someone to do anything in the world – except be unlucky enough to find trouble, and lucky enough to survive it.” His record speaks for itself; ISWAT operatives receive training comparable to the most rigorous special ops units on Homeline – with the equivalent of a doctorate or two in history or anthropology on top of it. As it happens, a number of special ops soldiers, and not a few history professors, also find their way to ISWAT’s roster. Patrol rumor claims that ISWAT has gods, sorcerers, vampires, aliens, superheroes, and angels in its ranks . . . but that’s just barracks gossip. Probably.