Taking the Family to Korea on PCS Orders
I have a wife and two babies I was reading some of the posts about Korea and the fact that I might not be able to take them or how difficult it can be to take them. I would like to take them with me there so they can visit Korea. I know my wife has an uncle that lives there but I would still like to be close to them. How can I do that?
You will need to get command sponsorship for them in order for them to be able to go to Korea. After it has been approved, they will all need to have a medical screening and get no-fee passports so they will be able to travel to Korea. It can work out – there are many families who are living in Korea. As a commenter mentioned earlier, they are trying to become more family friendly at the posts in Korea now as well. Hope it works out for you.
Phone Calls When Soldier is in Korea
My bf is going to be stationed in South Korea. Can i buy calling cards online so he can call me. I saw a few sites but I am afraid for security reasons to put my credit card info. Is there a safe site? Also, will he be able to purchase prepaid phone over there?
I contacted a spouse, Hannah, who’s husband has recently returned from a hardship tour in Korea. This is her answer about communication in Korea….
I bought an AT&T card from AAFES. I got a refillable one and filled it frequently. Tell them to make sure they research it and find one with the best international rate. I could fill up my card with 500 domestic minutes and to call Korea it dropped it to only 100 minutes.
He did get a cell phone while he was out there. Most soldiers and family members will buy a phone off the economy (Korean phone). They are called Won phones and they work just like prepaid cell phones here. You purchase the phone and won cards. You enter the code from the card into the phone and it gives you x amount of minutes to call or text.
The drawback is that it IS a Korean phone and card so you have to get used to their way of dialing etc and you can only get the won cards outside of post, so if you don’t have enough minutes to make it through the day you are out of luck till the end of the duty day, and Korea phones have a tendency to go to crap pretty quickly.
Another method that has worked pretty well is the MagicJack. As long as the soldier has internet in their room (has to be cabled, it can’t be wireless) they should be able to set up a dedicated phone line to their computer. It gives them an American phone number that the stateside family can call and it routes it to a phone the soldier has set up to their PC. Obviously if the soldier isn’t home or doesn’t have it turned on, they can’t get ahold of them. But otherwise it can save alot of cash on won cards. They sell MagicJacks at WalMart.
Moving to Korea and What to Expect
Hi..ok soooo my fiancee is in the Army (obviously or why be on this site) he is leaving AIT and going to Korea…now I am going to join the military but not Army..Coast Guard..and yes i know this will pose a problem with our relationship. But my mom is telling me to put off military and go with him to Korea.
Now my question is what is in Korea for military spouses? I know legally I can only work on the base unless I get a visa but is it worth it? What’s really in Korea for me to do..I’ve never really been one just to sit around and be a homemaker. We don’t have kids and I don’t plan on having any any time soon. So should I put off military to go for experience purposes or use that time to start my career? Not asking for someone to tell me what to do just opinions.
I personally wouldn’t want to live in Korea but that’s just me. Everyone I know who has lived there has loved it. Korea is becoming more family friendly and it is becoming easier to get command sponsorship for the tour.
Here’s some perspectives on Korea from those who have been there: