From the "Saudi Spearhead"
Issue 6 - April 15, 1991
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(Of particular interest: see items prohibited from bringing back.)


By Spearhead Staff

It's been a long time coming and it may yet be a few days till we're gone. But Third Armored Division is going home, and soldiers should begin thinking now about how to prepare for the trip.

First off, recognize that the rules and regulations all soldiers will be subject to are to protect U.S. soldiers and the countries to which they*ll deploy. Many will have figured out that sneaking explosives on-board a homegoing plane could result in the deaths of many of your buddies, not to mention yourself.

But soldiers should also know that the Persian Gulf region is considered a high-risk region by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dirt on boots, entrenching tools, tent stakes or other equipment could bring disease or other pathogens that could be devastating to livestock and crops in the United States or in Germany.

Because of that risk, soldierswill go through inspections where boots will be checked for dirt. About ten percent of the soldiers boarding flights home will be pulled at random for a 100 percent equipment check. If inspectors find something requiring correction, the individual can be detained and will probably miss his or her flight.

Soldiers found possessing prohibited items like hand grenades, live ammunition, enemy weapons or any explosives will be arrested and charged with violation of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The only way that soldier will go home is if he or she hails from Ft Leavenworth, Kansas.

Prohibited items include:


Camel hair, goat hair, animal skins

Drug paraphernalia, including water pipes

Switch blades and knives more than three inches long (not including U.S. Army-issued bayonets) Personal firearms

Iraqi weapons, bayonets, gas masks, brass

Iranian carpets worth more than $100, unless purchased before 29 October, 1987

More than 10 cigars, and no Cuban cigars

Questions should be referred to the 3rd AD or 7 Corps Provost Marshall's Office.


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