I'm taking my time with this game and haven't progressed too far yet. I've only done the first 8 or so main missions and as much as the side missions as possible. I'm just trying to build up my staff as high as possible so I'm dismissing overall low ranking staff and trying to do as much research as I can.
In the process, I've come across a couple of staff members who are locked, similar to Ocelot and Miller. This is not to be confused with members who are in Direct Contract. Although it's a similar looking icon, they're not the same.
I can understand why Ocelot and Miller would be locked, but I'm not sure why these other guys are being locked too. I have two of them now and their skills are mixed: "Ziang Tan" (A+) and "Silent Basilisk" (C). One has a high rank while the other sucks.
What is the significance of these locked staff members? How did I get them in the first place?
I understand Tan Ziang helped with the game so maybe he's an easter egg. But Silent Basilisk is just a no-name member. I would have wanted to dismiss Silent Basilisk based on my current standards but the game wouldn't let me.