Department of Special Projects
There are usually 3 paths into the Department of Special Projects. The most common in non-traditional Wuxing markets (like basically everywhere that isn’t the Pacific Rim) is for an independant shadowrunner to get a shadowrunning job for Wuxing. After a mission or two where they perform well, the runner(s) are given more important work. If that turns out well, they are usually tested in some way, which (assuming they pass the test) leads to a year or two contract working exclusively for Wuxing (though still as a non-Wuxing employee). After that there is usually more tests, but if those go well, the runner gets an invitation to join Wuxing’s Department of Special Projects as a Black Ops operator.
In areas where Wuxing has already had a long presence, most employees in the Department of Special Projects were Wuxing employees in a different department (usually security, although mages and riggers frequently are from other departments) before being asked to help with a specific project or two. If that works out, the employee may be given an invitation to change departments.
The least common path is being recruited directly into the department. These individuals are usually either government Special Ops soldiers (and not for Japan or Atzlan), or worked Black Ops for a company that was the subject of a friendly buy-out.