Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a series.

Captured by the IRA or a blown cover. These were the ultimate sins.

In case an operator was compromised, he would either be sent to a different Detachment and location or to the conventional army.

So, the three-week Induction Phase, when fresh operators were paired with seasoned ones, was crucial.  The veterans drove their new colleagues through their AO, drenching them with wisdom and knowledge that could save their lives: Who were the major players? Which pubs were off-limits? What clothes would betray them?