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Re: G.I. "parolees?" status
>The US military has had the policy since World War I that an evader or
>escaper was not to be sent back into the same combat zone. The reason for
>this is most salutary: many of these fellows possessed knowledge of
>underground groups, escape routes, and the like, which the US was unwilling
>to expose to possible future interrogation.
>Also, those in possession of classified information are generally not
>allowed near a combat zone or other insecure area. Thus, West Berlin was
>off-limits to a LOT of US military personnel until the Wall came down.
The rule in 2d ID when I was there in the 80s was if you had a TS-SCI
clearance, you could not get a "permanent" DMZ pass unless it was
approved by the Division G2. In most cases it was limited to a few
Officers in the G2, the Radar People of the CEWI (MI) Battalion and the
3d Bde S2 Section. (I think I still have mine somewhere). Even then
they didn't want us to get closer than 50 meters to the Military
Demarkation Line (MDL), any closer and you could be too easy a target for
a snatch operation.
When I was in Germany, because I knew Bde, Division and Corps War Plans,
I could only go to Berlin on an approved Flight (USAF from Frankfurt to
Berlin). I could not drive the Autobahn or take the train. If I went to
Berlin, I could not cross into East Berlin.