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9/9/09 5:09 P

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I was in Korea back in 2000 and it was a great tour. Its crowded and you will have to keep a good hold of your kids but that just due the busy nature of the country. It's very fast paced and there isn't much awareness for personal space. I'm glad you are being command sponsored rather than trying to live off post on your own. I know of many who did that and it worked out for them but it's much easier on post. Make sure you travel around and visit the sites. The palaces are gorgeous and the food is awesome. I miss it. If you just stick around post you won't get much out of your tour. Venture out and see the real Korea, it's quite a site. Near post is very americanized and tailored to the single soldiers. (bars and such) I finished my first year of college while I was there. Every PCS is what you make of it, I really believe that. Go in with an open mind and you will have a blast.
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9/7/09 1:18 P

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Once you get thru all the headaches of the move you will enjoy yourself. Just remember that you make what you get out of a move. Enjoy the culture and the different things over there. It also sounds like you have someone one this team that is there to help you out. Good luck.





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9/6/09 10:58 P

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ok, so the hubby called me this weekend, we are going to korea for 3 years!! ouch! long long time! one of my friends, idk if she is trying to keep me here or something, but she is saying they take kids (even from right at your side, leash on) cut them open, put drugs in them, and..well, u get the idea. :(

so i'm alittle nervous.he is supposed to fly out the 27th of september, but we are trying to get a defferent (i think is what its called)for 30days, cause we had a problem with passport stuff, mainly i needed the paper that says our daughter can leave the country. UG soo much to do...more update later... i can't remember what i wanted to put on here... LOL

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8/12/09 9:32 P

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Hi! I currenlty live over here in Korea and I would be more than happy to clue you in to Korea. Command sponsorship is growing by the minute over here. Korea is turning into a normal tour destination. Camp Casey is near the DMZ but it is a completely safe base. Actually its a good size place and has plenty of activities and families are able to come!!!! Casey is a great place to be if you don't have kids (I don't think that they have schools up there due to the eventual move of the US military to Camp Humphries). Things are changing over here. If you have questions please message me, I will be honest about everything and I can help you deal with the endless paperwork trail. Oh yeah, Korea is also a non-deployment zone, so if you want to spend a few years of not worrying about your husband being in a war zone and have some quality time together this is a good place for you.

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8/12/09 7:10 P

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Your "homebase" (or home of record) is where you live now until he gets back from Korea. You will not receive on home on a military installation unless he is with you. If he were to be deployed while you were at a duty station together, you would stay in that home, but the military will not provide you with one until he is back from Korea and has a stateside duty station.

The Army will, however, give BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) according to the cost of living in the area that you are at. You will also receive separation pay and hazard pay, depending on how close he is to the DMZ. I think now would be the time for you to move, at least into your own place with a lease like an apartment, and tell your family how it is. Although you'll be getting BAH and Separation Pay, it's still not THAT much money. I don't know what rank your husband is, but I know how much the Army DOESN'T pay =)

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8/12/09 6:25 P

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I spoke to my husband and he said that you will get a homebase when he gets back stateside,but per the Army things are always subject to change. Keep your chin up and holler if you need anything.
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8/12/09 3:42 P

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Yeah, I'm not liking this army wife job. LOL I think one reason I want to go to Korea is to get away from my family and friends :( Not many of my friends are married, and they are all up for party, and my family wants to all live with me :( My dad is already talking about finding a house together, my sister in law (who already lives with me) wants to move where ever i do... I don't want to be mean, but idk how to tell them that I want to be on my own, taking care of my own family ya know?

I'll do whatever he thinks is best. If he wants me to stay home, and they make it shorter, I'm in. Will we get a home base? Last time I talked to him, he said we were getting a home base, and I would be set up there while he is away, and then he'd be stationed there after he comes back. Has anyone else ever heard of this, cause I haven't.

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8/12/09 1:47 P

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If there is anything I've learned so far in the 3 years I've been an Army wife, it's been to roll with the punches. As hard as it is with a little one and you already having been separated for Basic and AIT, your husband NEEDS you to be strong and decisive. My husband was told in training that "a distracted solider is a dead solider."

One of my friends on this site (ASHYOKOI) is currently separated from her husband who is in Korea right now. She stayed here because she has family here and friends who are here to support her. If he goes unaccompanied, it's only a 12 to 15 month deployment. If you go, it's at least 2 years. He left in June but he already has his leave approved for his mid-tour R&R in November. And Ashley is planning on going out and visiting him in March. The chat on the phone and internet daily with voice-chat and Skype.

Being a military wife isn't easy. I've had countless people tell me it's the hardest MOS the Army has. And I believe it.

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8/9/09 5:24 P

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Me personally I would stay stateside if I could only see my husband on the weekend. Stay strong and pray.





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8/9/09 5:19 P

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update:

so I talked to the hubby yesterday, he hasn't learned much, says something should be somewhere on his AKO account, but I haven't been able to find anything. He also said that if I go to Korea, I wont be living on base, and only will get to see him on weekends, cause he wont be on the main base either. This is just stuff he has herd from DS's who have been to Korea he says, so he wants ME to decide! He says he wants me over there, but if what they are saying is true, he wants me to stay in the states! I don't know what to do, as usual. Has anyone ever heard of them not putting the family on base? The family being on base and the hubby not with them?

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8/2/09 11:47 P

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Hey I know that it sucks to be separated during your first year of marriage. Look at things from this point of view: Your marriage will be stronger because you know that you can survive without him(not that you want to but because you have to). Your communication with each other will get better because of the distance. My husband and I have survived 3 deployments to Iraq and that is because of communication. Don't get me wrong we still argued sometimes but you learn to not sweat the small stuff and to talk about things that are really and truly important. Keep us posted on how things are going.
Stay strong and remember you have all the support here if you need it.
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8/2/09 4:19 P

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well, nothing yet about me going...or when he is supposed to go (when his year starts...) but he gets FORT CASEY, his DS just told him.

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7/30/09 3:28 P

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We just heard on the news that north vs. south korea is starting to get vary pissed at each other :( that doesnt sound good to me :(



idk about staying strong, i need to get strong first, i havent gotten up from the 1year blow yet :( our first year married we wont be together, all the holidays...

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7/30/09 10:16 A

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hmmm.....It might be camp casey! If you can't go....Stay strong ~ this could be a wild ride!

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7/30/09 2:09 A

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I want to go bad, idk if he has heard if its casey, i'll ask him...he is a tanker, i'm not sure if that helps lol

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7/29/09 9:41 P

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Where at in Korea? If its not Casey, have him ask for a command sponsorship.....It will be a two year accompanied tour instead of a one-year, unaccompanied tour! Tell him to fight like hell for it!! TRUST ME.....Do whatever you can to go with him!

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7/29/09 7:56 P

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If it is for only a year then no you can't go. As to a home you won't get a stateside base until he comes home from Korea. He will get overseas pay,family separation pay. Do you know what his job is?






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7/29/09 5:26 P

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he says its for a year, do they let families go for that short? if not, will we get a "home base" assigned, my local base wont help with anything cause thats not our home base. i'm trying not to panic, but we are supposed to move out of our house by the end of September, and i have no idea what is going on, he's not even allowed his phone in AIT!

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7/29/09 5:15 P

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First don't panic. His duty station may change after AIT.
Second they allow families in Korea now where they didn't before. You can go to onestop.army.mil and you can look at stuff in Korea. If you need to vent just give out a shout.
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7/28/09 10:43 P

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So my husband just started AIT, and they handed out duty stations for after...my husband was told Korea. Nothing more...HELP!! i'm so confused, it doesnt sound like we will get to go, his daughter and I. Anyone know anything? I mean, anything? I'm so lost and confused at this point...I don't even know where to start.

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