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Dimsum said:I'm not sure what the issue is. Mbr takes both to theatre (on gov't aircraft), hands off to OR. On HLTA, OR gives blue passport. After return, mbr hands back blue passport. At end of tour, Mbr takes both back to Canada.
I'd think that the OR, where it's secure (or as secure as reasonably possible) with a bunch of people able to quickly give out the passports, would be better than the mbr having them in the field.
Actually, if I remember correctly (it has been almost ten years), when we left Canada our passports of both colours merely accompanied us on the flight (they were divided by chalk and the rearranged in theatre to be divided by leave block). As we weren't leaving the airports in any of the places we made stops, we didn't need to be in possession of either of our passports. Memories of Cyprus post-tour are hazy, but I think at that point we were given our blue ones (but not green) and stamped in and out with those.