There is an old joke about Belize that should apply to Panama (and Mexico and, and, and...), too. How do you leave Belize with $1 million? Come in with $2 million.
Sounds similar to an old joke we had about a unit is our battalion. The company commander gave out so many article 15s that soldiers would say "the fastest way to make E5 in that unit is to come in as a E6."
BTW- You (ex)military folks might get that joke better than the civilians