Resolve error "GEN0383W Invalid numeric data in field "number1" record number 2." in DOC1 Generate V6 but not V5.5

Issue

Numeric data fields containing either a + or - symbol cause V6 Generate to fail with the following error:

GEN0383W Invalid numeric data in field "number1"  record number 2.
GEN0383W Invalid numeric data in field "number2"  record number 2.
GEN0575A Data format instruction -- Invalid variable data passed

But in 5.5, there was no failure.

Cause

This was a deliberate change to the data format handling for numeric fields, they can no longer be processed if they contain anything other than the values 0 - 9.

Resolution

UPDATED: November 2, 2017
You can emulate the V5.5 behavior, by using the following parameter in your Ops file:

<Custom>
IgnoreInvalidNumericFields=YES