Korea Army Post Review (4)

Greetings from Osan AB, South Korea. We are an Army Family stationed on an Air Force Base here in South Korea and this is something that is common here. So you coming to South Korea. There is nothing to fear about here. If the Army didn’t feel Korea was safe for families to being approved to living here they wouldn’t approve Command Sponsorships. South Korea is in the process of becoming a Tour Normalization which is like Germany your soldier and family will be stationed here for a few years.

A few things I can tell you about Korea and what don’t expect and what to expect. Don’t expect that you will get the chance to be living on post because such as for Osan AB we live on base but we got lucky since the Air Force gives there housing basically to the Air Force families and with the Army the units here get only 10% of the families that are command sponsorship. At Camp Humphey’s there new housing is full, and at Yongsan if you have a pet you will not be allowed to live on post housing. But that is perfectly fine, because we are Army Families and we can survive anything.

Living off post is not bad at all. My husband, our two dogs and I did live off post at first. There are a lot of apartments that are fully furnished in Korea so leaving your good furniture in storage and on the Army’s bill just do it. I will just give you one suggestion if you don’t like a stiff hard mattress and your mattress that you have is a pillow top mattress I would suggest you bring that. The mattresses are stiff as a hard rock and take time to get used to.

Here are a few more things I suggest for you to bring with you that we where advised not to bring and we regret for not bringing them along. We left behind our microwave, toaster and toaster oven. The outlets are different then US outlets but your Realtor will give you converter boxes to use your American appliances so if you want to bring them then you know you can.

We are here on Command Sponsorship and I am an FRG leader here. So I want you all to know that there are FRG’s within the units in Korea and they are active and should be active.

If your coming to Korea, Non Command Sponsorship, a few words of advice from my knowledge and learning of being here. You do get a rations card, your allowed on base, but there are chances where you might not get into seeing a doctor with making a doctor’s appointment since you would have to try to make a same day appointment on space available. Another thing is that your soldier would need permission from his command to allow him to live off post depending on his rank and since your in Korea as Non command sponsorship. The Army will not pay for your flight to Korea, for your stuff in storage since you decided to come here without the Army’s approval for Command Sponsorship.

I am just letting you all know what I have learned since I have been in Korea since April 2009 and love to share my experiences with you.

Ronni F. Newton

47 thoughts on “Korea Army Post Review (4)”

  1. Ok so this might be a silly question but what do you guys do about yor cell phones? Were you able to jailbreak them and buy a Korean sim card or did you just get a korean phone there with a Korean sim card? If you get a korean phone, do they have smart phones you can get prepaid credit for? I’ve lived abroad before so I’m used to buying phone credit but never in Asia and never since smart phones have become the norm!

  2. Hi all,

    Don’t know if anyone might be interested, but I’d like to do a video interview with the wife and kids of a family that has stayed behind when the husband has gone to Korea. It is a for a deployment support website my company is working with as a contractor with the DOD. So far we have talked to several families whose husbands have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan, but none for Korea. If you’d like to participate, please email me at kwashburn@caci.com.

    Thanks!

  3. … I have read about the long wait for on post housing, and am perfectly ok with living off post if we are able to go. I have kept on my husband about getting the command sponsorship paperwork done but his squad leaders are not being very helpful. What is the situation currently on command sponsorship? My husband has to report by dec 26, and i would like to be able to fly with him, we have a 2 year old son. Any help is much appreciated…. Its overwhelming but I want to make sure I am doing everything I can to ensure my son and I can go with my husband. Thank you!

  4. Well, ours just got approved after 3 and a half months. It shouldn’t take that long but there was an error with our paperwork. If you stay on top of it it should go within a couple weeks. The problem with “staying on top of it” is that no one will tell you who to talk to to check on it. We asked and asked for a status update for months, just to hear that it was processing. Then 3 months later, there is an error in our paperwork. It is hard, because you talk to people and think you are getting an update and really they are not checking on your particular paperwork at all. I have been told there is no longer a waiting list for sponsorship, so you should be fine. It might be easier to get things done after he gets over there. I know that’s not what you want to hear, having a 2 year old, but it’s true. I am dreading the flight myself, I am doing it alone with a 1 and 3 year old… But at least we’ll get there, right?

  5. Hello ladies

    first of all let me say that this is a nightmare! lol my husband left today for yongsan, bu like many of you his orders say osan, so who knows..Months ago my husband volunteered to go to korea because they said there was command sponsorship available. Two months later it got denied. After we got the denial letter, it has been IMPOSSIBLE to speak to anybody. The once helpful people stopped returning emails and suddenly nobody knew anything. you can imagine how upset we were, not to mention heart broken. So ladies, does anybody know the best route to take? Im desperate to get over with my husband. Our plans are for us to reapply for sponsorship again once he gets over there, any tips? anybody have any tips or advice on non command sponsorship? i dont know what we would do with our belongings? Why does the military do this to us???

  6. My husband just got Ordes to Osan AFB but we are Army. Any advice on housing? Wait list for housing? How long is the wait list? Can we get on the wait list now? Also we need to apply for Command Sponsorship. I am currently pregnant but baby is due beginning February and Report date isn’t until mid July. We already have a 3 year old son. Is it wise to apply for CS now? Or will we be turned down since I’m pegnant even though baby is due before we get there? Or should we just wait til baby is here? And what kind of paperwork needs to be filed for that? Since we are Army going to an Air Force base?

    Any info you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Tina

  7. IIt would be best to at least do all the paperwork for the no fee passports now but not csbecause the babys name will have to be on the orders and y’all have to have overseas screenings done and a baby can’t have that done until they are a certain amoint of weeks old. We got approved pretty quickly which surprised us because everywhere we read about cs said it takes 6-12 months… and my husbad got our housing and everything ready before we got there. He went 3 weeks before us so I flew with my 2 year old son and I am 8.5 months pregnant. Its was tough but at least our family is together now.

  8. Hello I’m Analou
    We’re married for a year got pregnant when he came here for vacation im in
    the Philippines he’s now in Korea.. My problem is my husband barely send
    me money,October and November he didnt send me money, he sent me
    500 December which is not enough for 3months i have bills and i cant work
    i was pregnant i just had our baby…
    He sent me 800 after i gave birth which is not enough for my bills like hospital
    bills, and people that i owe money i have to pay them back, i had to work while i was pregnant cause i didnt have no
    money, i fainted once, so i stopped i was so worried on where i will get money
    when i give birth so i had to work.. i want my husband to be responsible im not
    gonna complain if i can still handle it, but until now i still cant work i just had
    our baby, i asked him if he can send me money cause our child is
    sick he told me he will send me money till next month because he already send me that 800
    thats not even enough for all my bills that money is just enough for the hospital bills.
    I hope someone can help and tell me what to do about this.. thank you..
    We’re married for a year got pregnant when he came here for vacation im in
    the Philippines he’s now in Korea.. My problem is my husband barely send
    me money,October and November he didnt send me money, he sent me
    500 December which is not enough for 3months i have bills and i cant work
    i was pregnant i just had our baby…
    He sent me 800 after i gave birth which is not enough for my bills like hospital
    bills, and people that i owe money i have to pay them back, i had to work while i was pregnant cause i didnt have no
    money, i fainted once, so i stopped i was so worried on where i will get money
    when i give birth so i had to work.. i want my husband to be responsible im not
    gonna complain if i can still handle it, but until now i still cant work i just had
    our baby, i asked him if he can send me money cause our child is
    sick he told me he will send me money till next month because he already send me that 800
    thats not even enough for all my bills that money is just enough for the hospital bills.
    I hope someone can help and tell me what to do about this.. thank you..

    1. Call his chain of command. If your married you get OHA… It’s all yours minus about $300 for his cost of living allowance. This site tells you how much he owes you per month http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/ohaCalc.cfm . If he gets mad… tough, it’s not his money! He can go to jail if he continues to ignore you and since it’s fraud with military cash you can call legal at his post and ask for advice. He owes you back pay for all the money he hasn’t given you as well.

  9. Hey there ladies, So i’m just adding my comment because I haven’t really seen any updates for this year. So my husband got his first orders (he’s still in AIT) and were going to Camp Casey. I’m going to doctor on monday to get EFMP paperwork filled out and hope to have all command sponsorship paperwork taken care of by the end of next week. Any advise as far as hurrying the process and about how long did it take you guys? It’s just me no little ones. Also does anybody know anything about the nofee passport vs the standard visa passport? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!!

    1. EFMP takes the longest. Make sure you check every week with his S1 or company to see where the paperwork is…. don’t take “it’s moving” for an answer. I did and my husband and 1 year old are stuck in the US and I have to reapply now that I’m here. I started my original paperwork 3 months prior to PCS. The “nofee” passport is free on post but you have to get a visa as soon as you get here, I don’t know the cost yet but you have 90 days or your fined about $100 a day after that 90 day window and you can’t leave the country till it’s paid and you have a visa. A tourist passport (which you need if you want to travel to neighboring countries) averages about $110 and takes about a month to receive.

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