By Sgt. Kerensa Hardy
First published in
SFOR Informer#116, June 27, 2001
The current SFOR colour/letter threat-level code
will convert to a NATO system beginning next month.
Butmir - Effective July 1, SFOR will change from its current colour-coded
alert states to the NATO system for threat status.
"While the SFOR alert state provided a detailed mechanism
for force protection purposes, they are unique to the BiH theatre
and currently do not correspond to the NATO alert state,"
said Canadian Lt. Col. Guy Savard, SFOR provost marshal.
The NATO system - which is geared toward anti-terrorist strikes
on military installations for a stable host country - uses four
alert levels which will be implemented July 1. However, the NATO
alert states does not make provisions for movement or dress codes
so it had to be adjusted to include those two items.
"There is no mention of how to operate outside the military
camp or base," Savard said. "Additionally, provisions
were also required for SFOR movement and dress codes in order
to meet a lesser threat."
Two codes - one movement and one dress - have been added to the
alert state. Code 6 allows commanders to authorise unrestricted
vehicle travel within their respective multinational divisions.
This will permit one person to ride alone without weapons or communications
and grant permission to use public transportation. The other five
movement codes remain the same.
Code F will be limited to off-duty personnel and allows them to
wear civilian clothes outside SFOR installations. Dress codes
are currently colour-coded; they will change to letter designation
effective July 1. The other five codes are unchanged.