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Command Sponsorship Korea

My fiance is finishing up AIT on April 27th. He will be stationed in South Korea. Does he get any leave time between AIT and Korea? We want to get married, but he says if we file the paperwork before he leaves, it will hold him up at Fort Gordon. If he files the paperwork once he gets to Korea, how long will it take for the paperwork to go through so I can come be with him?


Command sponsorship for Korea is difficult to obtain though not impossible. It can sometimes be a drawn out process to get everything in order as well as get permission to move family to Korea. However, that being said, there is nothing that stops you from moving to Korea on your own though officially the Army discourages this practice. Here are articles about living in Korea that may be of assistance:



About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Beth March 25, 2010, 12:37 am

    Actually Command Sponsorship is insanely easy to get for Korea! There is a great push to make this a family friendly tour.

    Personally I would do the paperwork BEFORE he leaves. It may hold him up but you will have the benefit of being with him the entire process. There are times when the paperworks is wrong or filled out incorrectly.

    Since you are not married. I would do so BEFORE he leaves. Do not let him leave for Korea without it. Do not come over here non-cs and unmarried. You will be really unhappy.

    Command Sponsorship can take as short as two weeks and as long as 9 months over here. It is 100% up to the command on how fast it goes through.

  • Ash March 26, 2010, 12:14 am

    Thank you!!! My other question is, will they give him leave time between AIT graduation and going to Korea?? And does it make it MORE difficult to get sponsorship if we get married and file paperwork after he’s left? Thank you!!

  • Stephanie G March 28, 2010, 12:55 am

    omgosh. When I read this I had to make sure I didn’t right this! You are going through the same thing I did! I was in your shoes about 4 months ago. And what we did after my boyfriend got out of AIT we got married and he had a whole month home. Then he went to South Korea. He left Jan. 19 we got married Dec. 19. Well, the plan was that I would be in Korea in Feb. Well, i’m still home. We are still going through command sponsorship! Something happened to my paperwork and now we still have 3 more weeks to find out if they will take me. And the chances of them saying yes is VERY slim. So after we get denied my husband is going to ask to live off base and me just fly over there and be with him. My husband says to get the paperwork done asap! Don’t wait! Well keep in touch! Maybe we can meet in Korea! If I ever go! my e-mail is mrs.glowacki@yahoo.com Please write I’m very bored and I would love to hear about ur expericence because I am going through the same thing. Thanks!

  • Annah May 25, 2011, 10:49 am

    Whoever got the Command Sponsorship easy then they are blessed. It’s totally up to each one’s luck I think. We took 3 months and some people said we are pretty lucky to get so soon. Now I’ve heard that they are going to freeze for a while cause no available slots.

  • Monquita Slaughter December 28, 2011, 2:05 pm

    My husband left for Korea today and we did Command Sponsorship I was told that it didnt take long. I leave to be with him Jan. 20th,2012 I just wanna know a little about Korea

    • Darlene March 27, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Monquita, My husband is pcsing to Korea in July he is at jrtc right now. When he gets back we are going to start the process for command sponsorship. It is just he and I no children. I was wondering how easy or difficult it was for the application process and what I should expect, i.e. physical (how extent), etc. We do not want him to go there without me. For the past 3 years we have only been together the past 9 months and I dont plan on loosing him for another year. Thank you for you time and info. Darlene

  • Erica May 11, 2012, 1:38 am

    My husband just left for Korea Tuesday May 8. Since his orders were given before we were married they said we had to get everything taken care of when he got to Korea. I am a newlywed since March of this year and am already so confused lol. We want me over there with him and we will do anything to achieve that. My question is how is command sponsorship going as in will i be able to get it i guess you could say. I want to be with my husband and am trying to do all i can before hand but am so lost. Am i able to go get my physical done now? Because i have heard you need forms for you doctor to fill out or that you need to go to certain doctors. I would love to get all i can get done to make this process faster that i can. But again have no idea where to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

  • Jackie August 5, 2012, 6:19 am

    I agree, Command Sponsorship was insanely easy to get. A lot of hoops to jump through and paperwork but we were approved for CS with Deffered Travel in about 2 months. My husband took 2 weeks of leave and had two weeks of hometown recruiter after AIT. He then left Oct. 15 2011 got in country, got an apartment signed the lease and submitted to change orders to concurrent travel. I was in country a week after that on Nov. 11 2011.
    I would definitely encourage everyone to apply for it because they are trying to make Korea a normalized tour so they are accepting a lot of families. They have also completely revamped the system and how it worked as of March 2011 making it easier to get CS in a timely manner.
    To the poster asking about the Dr. you do have to have special forms filled out, unfortunately I don’t remember which ones. Your husband will need to speak to his command and they will set him on the right track.

    • Kate October 22, 2012, 11:06 am

      Hi Jackie

      I am going through the CS paperwork right now and I am very confused, when I get the EFMP clearance from Fort Drum do I send it to my husband’s commanding officers in South Korea or do I send it to the base where he did his AIT? I should receive the paperwork any day now and I am so confused on where to send it! And is that all the paperwork I need to have?– other than the no-fee passport which I have completed already. Thank you in advance!!


  • nichelle November 14, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I’m wondering if someone here has an answer when CSP get denied. In Sept. my family had a meeting with the EFMP & everything went fine, I was told that were good to go and there should be no problem because we take care our paper work ahead of time all we need to do is wait the paper work from Korea; My questions right now my husband was told from the company that his order will get deleted due to deployment the company can cancel the pcs order. Mid Sept. the whole company has 30 days field exercise. while in the field he receive a call that we pass the EFMP and he need to come in to do more paper works for the command sponshorship but there is no way for him to leave because the incharge in the company didn’t allow him. Since he was told that his order will be cancel my husband rely on them. After a month of training, my husband waited and ask his 1Sgt about his order but they kept saying about cancel don’t put your hopes high My husband check his requisition and its still showing up that his in bound to Korea, then finally he ask on how the company can cancel his order then he was told that the company incharge need to fill up a form in order to get it done, which the incharge of the company faild to do so. They decided to let go my husband until the last minute, my husband file the CSP receive a response DENIED we sumitted the proper paper work late. So in this case since the company in charge didn’t do his job and we started doing the process

  • nichelle November 14, 2012, 9:54 pm

    My husband started to take care of paper work before the training occured. Now how can we get the csp approve, they already screwed us over and pretty much this company are washing thier hand that they could not do anything; and also some of the soldiers order got cancelled except his and some of them was ask if they want to continue PCSing or deployment which they never care of asking my husband this options. My husband is not a trouble maker. How can they resolve this problem and avoid screwing other families in the future.

  • megan August 15, 2013, 9:58 pm

    my fiancé is currently in AIT but he will be coming home soon on home town recruiting and we will be getting married on his time back home. however he has already gotten his orders and he will be going to Korea (camp Stanley) and when he got his orders they told him there would be no way that I could go, but now I am really confused when reading all these comments and posts and I don’t see any information on this website about the camp that my fiancé is going to be at. so I need help! can you get command sponsorship anywhere? or are there some places that families just cant go?

  • koda January 25, 2014, 10:54 pm

    my husband transferred from national guard to active duty , when he did they gave him orders for south Korea and that only gave us 4 days to say goodbye and they told him he couldn’t file for command sponsorship till he got over there I have printed off all the forms and filled out what I can but we don’t live near a base to do the overseas screening and I was told I can get my physician to sign it then he can have the MTF over in Korea sign it.. I’m lost and I don’t know what I should be doing on the paperwork it says it has to be signed by his losing unit and we don’t got one can anybody give me pointers to help me fill the papers out the rest of the way and how I should go about getting things done the right way this is my first time dealing wit this..we thought about going over wit non command sponsorship but we have children and I don’t want to chance it with out have full access to doctors and schools would appreciate all the help you can give

  • Lilly May 14, 2015, 10:03 pm

    MY boyfriend is currently in AIT . But he has already gotten his orders for Korea . We planned on getting married when he comes home for those 10 days in between. People keep telling me we won’t be able to go with him .. Is this true ? If not what do we need to do in order to go with him ?

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