Issues relating to residence permits, health insurance, tax status and registration obligations, employment of spouses, the right to German social benefits, German driver`s licences, correct admission procedures and other issues may raise questions for this group. The political issue of SOFA is complicated by the fact that many host countries have mixed feelings about foreign bases on their soil and that SOFA renegotiation requests are often linked to calls for a total withdrawal of foreign troops. Issues of different national practices may arise – while the United States and host countries in general agree on what constitutes a crime, many American observers believe that the host country`s judicial systems offer much lower protection than the United States and that the host country`s courts may be under pressure from the public to be found guilty; In addition, U.S. service members who are invited to send shipments abroad should not be forced to waive their rights under the Rights Act. On the other hand, observers of the host country who do not have a local equivalent of the law of rights often feel that these are irrelevant excuses for special treatment and resemble the extraterritorial agreements demanded by Western countries during colonialism. A host country where such sentiment is widespread, South Korea, itself has forces in Kyrgyzstan and has negotiated a SOFA that gives its members total immunity from prosecution by the Kyrgyz authorities for any crime, which goes far beyond the privileges that many South Koreans enter into their country`s couch with the United States. [11] As a newly arrived member of our community, it is important to understand your legal status in Germany and your protection. For example, Germans living in Germany with no connection to the U.S. military or government are German citizens without special status. Americans who live in Germany and have no military or American affiliation can live in Germany as legal inhabitants if the German government has given permission. When examining the status of the armed forces, it is necessary to distinguish between the legal status of foreign forces in Germany and the legal status of the Bundeswehr abroad.

The NATO Status Agreement and the PfP Status Agreement are complemented by agreements concluded on the basis of the Visiting Forces Act (Bundesgesetzblatt 1995 II, p. 554). The Visiting Forces Act allows the federal government to legally implement such agreements with foreign states on the short-term entry and presence of their armed forces in Germany for exercises, overland crossing and unit formation. This will address issues that are not adequately covered by NATO Status Agreements and PfP Status Agreements, such as environmental protection, telecommunications and health protection.