It occurs to me that, with all the doctors at the Foundation, where does the SCP recruit them? Do agents just show up at grad students' doors, requesting them to follow them? How exactly are the right people for the job found?
There are probably a lot of different ways to fall into the Foundation. According to the stories:
- Gears and Kain found something odd and were recruited.
- Clef came from a rival organization.
- Yoric was trying to rip them off.
The Foundation has agents in university job placement offices around the world. And for those exceptional students at other schools: job fairs. (Similar methods could be used to recruit from the private sector or from government. And your headcanon may vary, of course.)
If the scientist is skilled enough, and can pass the background check. It's sometimes easier to perform the clean-up that way, and the Foundation doesn't like to waste resources.
Maybe everyone is manufactured…
Really I think it's the best and brightest get snagged before they make a name for themselves. Then records get purged and amnesiacs get distributed. People who end up encountering a SCP also go in.
Or maybe some sites are the equivalent of factory towns, where the doctors and agents' children go on to become employees…excuse me I think I just got inspired.
I have some notes on this subject that i keep losing. Basically, it's a description of a "Foundation" town, from the happy public phamplet standpoint, and the slightly unsettling Foundation standpoint. I may have to dig them up again…
I always had the idea a couple of level for or five members were kept on base via on-site apartments in case of late night Emergency and are rotated out every six months or year, followed with a healthy bonus. This is because I figure nobody truly wants to live near the sites because, well, why would you WANT to live that close to not-really-understood-and-potentially-dangerous paranormal? Especially if you work there all day and know enough that some of these things are so monstrous that you don't chose for them to be contained, they do.
I'd really like to see someone try and pitch the benefits of living near or on campus, as well as working for The Foundation that don't include being paid all the money in the world. After all, these men and women are people of science. You would have to not only convince them that this stuff does in fact exist, but that it is truly worth studying in an attempt to tame it.
It would depend on WHICH site. There are some that are hell and gone from all humanity (as well as one on the moon) and some are in cities because they deal with fixed-place SCPs.
No where is safe.
My personal belief (at least in relation to my author avatar who only exists in my head right now) is that the Foundation keeps an eye out for people conducting research in areas relevant to them and gives them a choice: either work for us, or get disappeared in the night and turned into a D-class.
That sounds a bit too extremist for the Foundation.
When thinking about it, it's important to remember that the Foundation values innocent human life. It's pretty much the reason the Foundation exists at all. The only time innocent lives are sacrificed is if it's a "few for the many" situation. I don't think they're the kind of organization who sends people to their death just because they weren't interested in working for them (in that situation, I imagine they'd just administer amnesiacs and send them on their way).
Your Foundation is one of many - the one in your head is nicer then the on in my head.
That's the best part about the foundation, the fact that it can be exactly what you want it to be. I like to believe they draw the best from various government and army programs (with government cooperation) like in Men in Black.