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General Bell, USFK Commander, wants to lengthen tours of duty in Korea from 1 year to 3 years, and allow all married US soldiers to bring thier families.

I know a lot of soldiers have run into problems when it comes to families and getting assigned to a Korean tour. I'm not gonna lie, I made a killing in Korea, and who knows how rich I'd be if I had a wife and kid over there. Not to mention that there's like a 10% chance of deployment, and the US is steadily progressing in its talks with the North. But 3 years is a little lengthy...

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Would you be willing to spend 3 years in Korea if you could take your family?

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I'll think about it
Maybe with more, or better, incentives

 
 
Posts: 1086 | Location: Germany | Registered: 11 February 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I've actually had a command sponsored tour in Korea. My wife and kids loved it.
Keep in mind that most U.S. troops are being stationed south of Seoul now. So, we are not talking having your family at CRC or north of there. If that is where you spent your year, than you probably don't have a very good idea of what the posts are like in the southern part of Korea. This is not the same place as 10 years ago.
 
Posts: 101 | Location: Schofield Barracks, HI | Registered: 01 March 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I've been stationed at Camps Hialeah, Walker, Henry, and Carroll at one point or another. It doesn't get any more south than that, or anymore laid back.

Camp Hialeah is closed now, also.


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I was at Humphreys, but traveled all over. I really enjoyed my tour and would go back in a heart beat. However, if I was up north, i.e. CRC, I might reconsider bringing my Family. Just based off of available services (schools, activities, etc...)
 
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I was at CRC in the late 90s and there was only 2 command sponsor slots. 1 for the div CDR and 1 for the CSM (so we were told). Area 1 was not a very family oriented place. Some of our Soldiers brought thier spouses over at thier own expense, not many had a whole lot of good things to say about the living conditions. I would take my family if I got stationed somewhere nice down south. Do they even have it broken down by areas anymore?


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Posts: 84 | Location: Ft. Lewis | Registered: 16 February 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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I Have never been to Korea, but I hear it's nice. I think that if the opportunity was given, I would take my family. I don't know much about the family services, but my kids would experience something different.
 
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yeah I heard about this 1 month ago..,. I have a report date in june to 19 ESC where ever that is.. i do know they have a couple units in CTRC... I applied for command sponsorship , i am crossing my fingers hoping i get it... I was in yongsan in the 41st from 01-05 i loved every min of it.. all i say is expect the worse hope for the best
 
Posts: 155 | Location: Fort Carson, Co | Registered: 07 April 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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Never would I ever go back to Korea. I was at Yongsan throughout 03. While the outside area was great and I was doing my very best bill the cat impersonation in Seoul, working there wasn't exactly peaches and cream. The second time I was there I was at the Hump in 07. Korea has gotten pretty bad these past couple years. The preferance and special treatment of higher ranking folks is more blatent then ever before, along with the horrible SOFA agreement, and the rackets that have been pan-handled onto the posts. So many places look like ghost towns to me since all the changes, it's not the place I remember it to be at all. I wouldn't subjugate my family to it.
 
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