After all open spaces on each FOB deck are full, newly recruited soldiers begin automatically going into the waiting room. Once the total number of soldiers on the FOB (including those in the waiting room) exceeds a maximum value (I think it's around 700), then any time new soldiers are extracted or the FOB receives volunteers, you get a message saying that soldiers were dismissed due to overcrowding.

How does the game decide who to dismiss? Are the soldiers just turned away when the FOB is full, does it try to choose the soldiers with the lowest stats, or is it just random? Having to go through the waiting room and find my least qualified soldiers one by one and dismissing them is tedious, but I'd rather do that than risk having the game dismiss a highly rated soldier I just fultoned in because I don't know how the system works!

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    I haven't gotten to this point of staff capacity yet, but I just wanted to mention that if a team is at full capacity, Mother Base automatically puts the lowest-skilled team members in the waiting room to make room for whoever you just recruited (assuming they're better). It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that Mother Base does the same for overcrowding. Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 15:02
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    @Lucas That's true, so I'd like to think that the least qualified staff are let go first, but that applies to individual categories that the game lets you sort by. There isn't a way to sort by lowest/highest stat (not to mean the game doesn't do that by itself), so I wonder what exactly is happening. It'd be easy to confirm if new solders make it in or not at full capacity though, might have to test that later. Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 15:13
  • Do you specifically mean Forward Operating Bases, or are you talking about your overall staff? Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 1:04
  • @user2357112 Overall staff, I didn't realize you could have multiple bases when I wrote this. Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 5:27
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    @QuestionMarks Yeah, the only person who could answer these questions is someone who's paid very close attention to who gets dismissed, and how they compare to the other lowest ranked soldiers in the waiting room at the time. Hopefully someone's looked at that!
    – recognizer
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 20:58

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No, motherbase is automatically keeping the higher level soldiers and dismissing the lower level ones. Also special skills are taken into account. Except when you mark soldiers with "direct contract", then motherbase will leave them alone. So you do not have to micro manage your waiting room.

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