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18 Months Military Service

(GWD) by the protection of the state border of the GDR to the FRG

Voluntarily Grundwehrdienstleistende have not gone to the state border of the GDR. Between 18 and 27 years they were drawn to the "honourary service".
Family, children and occupation already had some. It was drawn every three months, whether from interest in the country (study = dismissal as an Ult.d. R) or as a Gefreiter with the function / assignment as a motorist, Koch, DHF, GSZA assistant, writer or position leader. Everybody has contributed a share to the fact that there was no conflict on the internal border. Drawn for 18 months, of it from 3 to 6 months of basic education in the Grenzausbildungsregimentern (Eisenach or Plauen) for her use special education in the border service. After from 3 to 6 months they were transfered into the border-protecting units. After 3 months of basic education the soldiers were transfered into the III border battalion (GB) and were further trained, or remained in the III GB and were used for special assignments within GB (e.g., for the hinterland protection if there was no range of application for border-protecting units). After 6 months of basic education the soldiers were transfered into the border-protecting border companies. There began her from 12 to 15 months with the continuing education and deepening her knowledge to the border segment of the border company. They got your knowledge of the Gefreiten of the last DHJ provided, partially with godparenthood and handing over of her "inherited" position books (with information about the opponent, vehicle and position points of the segment). As a position leader one was used after successfully insisted audit. During her 18 months there were 18-day vacation. Exit was planned as a team exit; in company of supervisors, mostly the group leader or conductor, went it to one in the segment of the border company for recumbent village bars.

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