How to keep SourceTree from cloning and downloading git submodules

In SourceTree, I clone a repository that has a submodule. I unselect the "Recurse Submodules" option.  This works fine, and the submodule is not downloaded.

But the first time I checkout another branch, SourceTree does a clone and checkout on the submodule. This I do not want.

It does this even if I have turned off Options/Git/"Check submodules before commit & push"

Is there any way to keep it from doing a clone and checkout on the submodules?

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Unfortunately in SourceTree for Windows the "Recurse Submodules" option is only applied to explicit clone operations, not to a checkout which triggers the clone you are witnessing.

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