Agreement Governing the Status, Functions, Administration and Conduct of the United States Military Training Mission, known as the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group, in Saudi Arabia In 1951, before Germany became a member of NATO, the United States and Germany entered into an agreement67 in relation to the assurances required under the Mutual Security Act of 1951.68 Germany joined NATO in 1955 and in the s 69, which requires the United States to provide Germany with “such equipment, materials, services, or other forms of assistance as may be agreed.”70 A visiting forces agreement is similar to a status-of-forces agreement, unless the former applies only to armed forces that are temporarily stationed in a country and are not stationed there. There are no formal requirements for the form, content, length or title of a SOFA. Although the lease was not an independent SOFA, it served the purpose of a SOFA at the specified locations. The United States and the United Kingdom entered into additional leases in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s that included status protection provisions in leased premises. Aamer Madhani, “Withdrawal of U.S. combat forces is `New Dawn` for Iraq,” USA Today, August 19, 2010, available www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2010-08-20-iraq20_ST_N.htm, 1971: Agreement for the Deployment of the United States Force in the Middle East to Bahrain (22 U.S.T. 2184) – as amended by the 1975 Agreement on the Deployment of the United States Force in the Middle East (26 U.S.T. 3027) in Bahrain and 1977 on the Status of Administrative Support Personnel Unit ( 28 U.S.T. 5312) 1991: Agreement on the Deployment of United States Armed Forces (T.I.A.S. 12236) The United States was a party to multilateral and bilateral agreements relating to the status of the United States . .