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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 22, 2016 - 9:22pm

I'm trying to describe a base and/or occupied city. It's from the perspective of someone infiltrating it, but doing so "uniformed" as one of the people occupying.

So... I need to know how things work on a modern base, or what things are like in an occupied city, etc. I've never been in the military (nor will I, guaranteed), and I'm not Tom Clancy enough to get a tour. Security, lack thereof, what people are doing, not doing, would and wouldn't do... I don't even know.

It takes place in the future, but I'm sure modern descriptions will get me going. The specific scene is an emptied-out city that was recently occupied by one side, they were driven out, and now it's occupied by the other.

Can some old military people help me out? 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 23, 2016 - 5:37am

Ugh... fine. I will do what I can.

But, in my defense, I only served for over 13 years.

I will need some more details as different circumstances change security protocol.

INCONUS (Inside the continental U.S.) during peace time, is very different from the security (OCONUS) outside the continental U.S.). And OCONUS, during peacetime or wartime. It may have been overrun and now abandoned, but how long between occupations, etc.?

Actually, hit me up with a PM letting me know specifics and I can give you a more detailed run down. Sound good?

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OtterMan from New Jersey, near Philadelphia USA is reading Ringworlds Children May 24, 2016 - 6:29am

One of the interesting things about occupying a territory is, you need 2 to 3 times as many personel to occupy as you do to invade. This fact is usually disputed by the political powers who tend to want to cut the number of troops in half or more. What often results is an occupying force confined to a base or bases "garrisoning' and a shadow civilian govenment quickly establishing itself. 

On base itself, primary access control is at the gated entrances with military ID needed for entry or some sort of pass/escort process for entry of visitors or contractors. Specific areas of the base have secondary security protocols for secured areas such as ammo storage or flight lines. These usually require a specific badge or other ID for entry. Once entry is granted you are pretty much on your own and can move about freely. This is all from peacetime service many years ago, I never served in a 'hot zone'.