Eighth Army

Pacific Victors

Mission

The United States is a Pacific nation, with our country's political, economic and security interests increasingly bound to this dynamic region. On duty in the Asia-Pacific since 1944, Eighth Army's enduring presence has long signaled U.S. resolve to support our regional allies and deter potential adversaries. Readiness is our number one priority. Eighth Army conducts armistice operations along three lines of effort that create Readiness: Training, Strengthening the Alliance, and Transformation. We must never forget that Korea is not at peace, and Eighth Army remains prepared to "Fight Tonight" - daily. This means we will train to the highest levels in the most challenging conditions while maintaining our equipment readiness above the Army standards. Critical to the success of our mission is the strength of the Alliance. Eighth Army will work with our ROK counterparts at an unprecedented level, sharing lessons learned, and combining our formations to achieve a truly lethal partnership. However, it is our relationship with the Korean people that serves as the foundation of the ROK-U.S. Alliance. Our units, Soldiers, and Families ensure this bond grows stronger every day through their behavior and interactions both on and off duty. Their activities directly support the success of our mission on the peninsula. The Good Neighbor Program is one venue that provides every Soldier, Civilian employee and Family member an opportunity to nurture the Alliance. Eighth Army will shift the majority of its force to two enduring hubs in the coming years in a deliberate and disciplined manner that never compromises our ability to Fight Tonight. Transformation is more than simply the process of moving our existing combat force south. Transformation enhances our Readiness by providing rotational forces, new capabilities and innovative ways to fight in this complex environment. "Eighth Army is America's Pacific Guardians of Freedom" - Eighth Army today stands ready to defend our national interests and those of our allies whenever called upon. We are the embodiment of our Army's military professionalism and ready to "Fight Tonight."

Policy Letters

Policy Letter No.01, 03 OCT 2020, Open Door Policy Opportunity Policy Letter No.02, 03 OCT 2020, Eighth Army Harassment Prevention and Response Program Policy Letter No.03, 03 OCT 2020, Military Equal Opportunity Policy Letter No.04, 03 OCT 2020, Military Equal Opportunity and Harassment 24 Hour Hotline Policy Letter No.05, 03 OCT 2020, Rights of Soldiers to Present Complaints or Requests for Assistance from the Inspector General (IG) Policy Letter No.06, 03 OCT 2020, Rights of Civilians to Present Complaints or Requests for Assistance from the Inspector General (IG) Policy Letter No.07, 03 OCT 2020, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program Policy Letter No.08, 03 OCT 2020, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the EEO Discrimination Complaint Process Policy Letter No.09, 03 OCT 2020, Reasonable Accommodation (RA) for Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) Policy Letter No.10, 03 OCT 2020, Prevention and Elimination of Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace Policy Letter No.11, 03 OCT 2020, Value of Life: Army Health and Wellbeing Promotion, Ready and Resiliency, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Program Policy Letter No.12, 03 OCT 2020, 'Know Your Limits': 0-1-2-3 Low-Risk Drinking Campaign Policy Letter No.13, 03 OCT 2020, Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) Policy Letter No.14, 03 OCT 2020, Command Sponsorship Program (CSP) Policy Letter No.15, 03 OCT 2020, Total Army Sponsorship Program (TASP) Policy Letter No.16, 03 OCT 2020, Operations Security (OPSEC) Policy

Organization

2ND INFANTRY DIVISION (ROK-US COMBINED DIVISION) https://www.2id.korea.army.mil/ 19TH EXPEDITIONARY SUSTAINMENT COMMAND https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/19esc 1ST SIGNAL BRIGADE https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/1sig/ 35TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRIGADE https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/35ada/ 65TH MEDICAL BRIGADE https://www.korea.amedd.army.mil/ 501ST MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/501MI/ 2501ST DIGITAL LIAISON DETACHMENT 2502ND DIGITAL LIAISON DETACHMENT 3RD BATTLEFIELD COORDINATION DETACHMENT https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/3bcd/ KOREAN SERVICE CORPS BATTALION https://ksc.korea.army.mil/ UNC SECURITY BATTALION-JOINT SECURITY AREA https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/uncsb/ 4-58TH AIRFIELD OPERATIONS BATTALION KOREA FIELD OFFICE JOINT U.S. MILITARY AFFAIRS GROUP-KOREA U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FAR EAST DISTRICT http://www.pof.usace.army.mil/ EIGHTH ARMY NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS ACADEMY https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/NCOA/ EIGHTH ARMY BAND https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/site/about/eighth-army-band.asp HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS BATTALION, EIGHTH ARMY https://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/EighthArmyHHB/ ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES LIAISON ELEMENT-KOREA (ALE-K) TRAINING SUPPORT ACTIVITY KOREA

Leadership

  • Lieutenant General Willard M. Burleson III Commanding General, Eighth Army Lieutenant General Willard M. Burleson III
  • Command Sergeant Major Robert H. Cobb Command Sergeant Major, Eighth Army Command Sergeant Major Robert H. Cobb
  • Brigadier General Michael D. Roache Deputy Commanding General - Sustainment, Eighth Army Brigadier General Michael D. Roache
  • Brigadier General Trevor J. Bredenkamp Deputy Commanding General - Operations, Eighth Army Brigadier General Trevor J. Bredenkamp
  • Brigadier General Heo, Tae Keun Deputy Commanding General - ROK, Eighth Army Brigadier General Heo, Tae Keun
  • Brigadier General Gregory T. Day Operational G3, Eighth Army Brigadier General Gregory T. Day

Eighth Army Command Video

Welcome to the Land of the Morning Calm! We hope you enjoy your stay as a member of the Eighth Army family. To help you adjust to life here in the Republic of Korea we have included the following links to better prepare you and your family for success at your new duty station.

Welcome and Before Travel Guide

Getting Started PCS Orders Total Army Sponsorship Command Sponsorship EFMP Screening Process Passports, SOFA Stamp & A-3 Visa Government Travel Card (GTCC) Booking Lodging Reservation Planning Travel Traveling with Pets Parent Outreach Services at CYS Planning Household Goods Ship your Vehicle Driving Overseas Mail, Packages & P.O. Box DoDEA Pacific West School Region Preparations Legal Services Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Cell Phones & Keeping in Touch & Dialing Instruction Chip Credit Cards & Banks PCS Resources

COVID-19 Arrival Info

Arrival Info Arrival In COVID Environment 15-Day Quarantine Virtual In-processing COVID-19 FAQ COVID-19 Booklet

After Quarantine

Family Resources Finance – Korea Entitlements Travel Pay & Travel Voucher Pets Guide Medical – Tricare Overseas Medical, Dental & Eye Care Housing Household Goods

Korea Online One-Stop

The following map tool will connect you to each garrison where you can learn about the programs and services offered in your future community. Many programs offer separate webpages to manage event calendars and activity schedules. You should take some time to navigate and explore. If you have any questions about services, programs, or activities prior to arrival you should contact your TASP unit sponsor. https://home.army.mil/casey/ https://home.army.mil/yongsan/ https://home.army.mil/humphreys https://home.army.mil/daegu/

Eighth Army Family Video

The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is in our families. Taking care of our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians is an enduring Army priority.

Choose Korea

Soldiers, Civilians and Families stationed in the Republic of Korea enjoy a dynamic, family-friendly assignment that is personally and professionally rewarding. This is an exciting time to be a Pacific Victor as Eighth Army moves to a future that ensures we are postured to continue our enduring legacy of service in the Republic of Korea. As part of this transition, Eighth Army is undergoing the most sweeping transformation in our organization’s history to consolidate the bulk of our operations at two enduring hubs south of Seoul. Approximately $10.7 billion has been invested to expand U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys near Pyeongtaek from 1,200 to over 3,500 acres. Once construction is complete, Soldiers, Civilians and Families stationed here will live and work in one of the Army’s flagship garrison communities with access to a wide array of services and amenities. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, a duty assignment to South Korea offers Soldiers a great opportunity to excel in the profession of arms preparing to defend against both conventional and unconventional threats through combined training with our Korean counterparts. Just last year Eighth Army and the Third ROK Army established the first ever ROK-U.S. Combined Division. The 2nd Infantry Division serves as the core of the division, with ROK and U.S. Army officers functioning as an integrated command team. The Combined Division is an evolutionary step for our Alliance and provides Army officers with a unique training experience. As the Department of Defense continues its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Eighth Army will be one of the primary destinations for the latest in warfighting equipment. During a 2015 visit to South Korea, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter explained why it is important to equip Soldiers stationed here with cutting edge technology. “This is the place where we ask our forces to be the most ready all the time,” Carter said. “We know ‘Fight Tonight’ is not just a slogan, it’s the real deal. One thing it means is that a lot of our newer capabilities, the ones that we’re making investments in, are going to be flowing into this theater because of the importance we attach to it.” With one of the Army’s premier garrison environments and a vibrant cultural experience just outside the gate, South Korea is quickly becoming one of the Army’s best duty stations for military families. The DoDEA School System on the Korean Peninsula provides students with an exciting blend of academic, social, cultural and extracurricular experiences that prepare them for success later on in life. Outside of duty hours, families have the opportunity to explore a modern nation, renowned for its rich cultural history and aesthetic beauty. With all of the benefits that Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members serving in Eighth Army have at their disposal it is easy to see why the “Land of the Morning Calm” is quickly becoming one of the Army’s most popular destinations. To learn more about why South Korea is the Army’s best kept secret take time to explore some of the related links on this page or ask your career counselor for more information.

Spouse Employment

Eighth Army and personnel managers want to make sure military spouses have as many opportunities as possible to achieve employment while serving with their service member in the Far East Region. Eighth Army has made strides to ease the process of hiring military spouses such as policies emphasizing spouse preference in hiring procedures. These polices include use of an “expedited referral list” and authorizing candidates for select Eighth Army positions to complete drug testing and physical examinations AFTER they arrive to the peninsula rather than beforehand – with exceptions being for positions which are Testing Designated Positions and those with mandatory requirements for physical examinations. Additional changes authorize all areas in Korea to be one commuting area. Other initiatives are still in the works to give managers direct-hire authority without having to advertise positions on www.USAJOBS.gov. Additionally, to help with spouse employment, Army Civilian Human Resources Agency at U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys has created a resume repository where spouses can submit resumes for future employment consideration. Upon receipt, candidates will receive a direct response from one of the local human resources specialists and afforded the opportunity to meet one-on-one to review qualifications and help guide spouses through the federal hiring and employment process. Spouses can email their resumes and supporting documents to usarmy.humphreys.chra-fe.list.military-spouse-hiring@mail.mil. Questions can also be directed to the same email box. People can also drop by in person to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center in bldg. 6420, next two the One Stop bldg., if they have questions. Army Community Service offices around the peninsula also have an Employment Readiness Program what offers info on contractor jobs, employment classes and career advice. The best way for spouses to apply for jobs is still www.USAJOBS.gov. Spouses can build their resumes, attach documents and also use settings to build automated job referrals. Once a search is built, the system will automatically send job opening announcements via email. Be sure to select the “military spouse preference” option. Federal civil service jobs are just one category of employment on installations throughout Korea. See the below websites on how to apply for jobs around the peninsula. Federal jobs (including commissary): www.USAJOBS.gov Army and Air Force Exchange Service jobs: https://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/exchange-careers/ Army Non-Appropriated Fund positions: https://www.armymwr.com/partner1/hire Air Force Non-Appropriated Fund positions: https://www.nafjobs.org/ USAG Humphreys Army Community Service: https://humphreys.armymwr.com/programs/employment-readiness-program U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys Army Community Service has information on home-based business opportunities and requirements including classes and applications. Home Base Business Training is provided every second and fourth Friday of each month at Army Community Service (ACS) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The program guidance is U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Policy Letter #78, which is signed by the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys commander. ACS is located on the first floor in Bldg. 6400 (Maude Hall), room B107. Call DSN 315-757-2369 for more information. Spouses who are permitted to telework back to their Private sector companies located in CONUS does not trigger SOFA visa issues. Republic of Korea employment permits are required if the Military Spouse is working on the Korean economy, but not for telework for CONUS located companies. Family members (Korean citizen, U.S. citizen, and third-country citizen) of active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and of U.S. civilian employees of U.S. Government agencies assigned in Korea will be considered for vacant USFK Korean National (KN) positions when there are no qualified KN candidates in higher priority groups under USFK 690-1 paragraph 1-5a (1 & 2). However, family members will not be considered for Korean Emergency-Essential positions. Family members must provide evidence of current family member status, e.g., DoD identification card or a letter of certification to be referred as family members. Family members (U.S. citizen) of active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and of U.S. civilian employees of U.S. Government agencies assigned in Korea may search and apply for available jobs at www.usajobs.gov. Applicants will create an account in the USAJOB and build their resume electronically. Family members (Korean citizen and third-country citizen) of active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and of U.S. civilian employees of U.S. Government agencies assigned in Korea may search and apply for available jobs at https://portal.chra.army.mil/hr_public?id=kn_employment. Applicants will submit an Application for Employment (USFK Form 130EK) to usarmy.henry.chra-fe.mbx.knrs-notifications@mail.mil. Commuting areas for Military Spouse Preference (MSP) employment is USFK Korea-wide, this applies to MSP hired into Korean National positions as well. Information on employment under Executive Order (E.O) 13473 which applies to Military Spouse /DoD Spouses on a Schedule A appointment leaving Korea for return to the United States can be found at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/qaspouse/index.aspx.Daegu Spouse Employment Information For USAG Daegu and Area IV community members interested in employment opportunities and learning more, visit the Army Community Service office at the Soldier Support Center on Camp Walker and sign up for the Spouse Newcomers Orientation held the 2nd Thursday of every month. There is also a separate Employment Readiness Workshop held the same day each month in the afternoon. The spouse orientation starts at 9 a.m., a meal is provided to attendees at lunch, and the employment workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. Community members may choose to attend one or both. For more information or to register for one of the upcoming employment readiness program events, workshops or job fairs, visit ACS or call 0503-363-4497 or DSN 763-4497. To search for federal jobs in USAG Daegu and Area IV, go to www.usajobs.gov and type "Taegu" in the location block.

Non Combatant Evacuation

NEO Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is a Non Combatant Evacuation? Non Combatant Evacuation is a standard U.S. response to hostilities and natural disasters which might endanger our citizens. One of the primary goals of NEO training is to ensure we can do this task successfully under real-world circumstances. 2. Who is my NEO Warden? Each unit has a designated NEO Warden. Please contact your chain of command to find out who is your NEO Warden. NEO Wardens are available to update your NEO packets, demonstrate use of the ICAPS mask and answer any questions you might have about a potential evacuation. 3. Can NEO registration be completed on-line? All potential evacuees must contact their NEO Warden to update their packets, information and items in their NEO kits. Contact your NEO warden today to ensure you are ready. NOTE Your ICAPS Protective mask comes in a yellow sealed box. You may open the ICAPS box to train with the mask, however the sealed canister inside the box MUST remain sealed. The M52 mask comes in a brown cardboard box. The box must remain sealed. Ask your warden for M52 training opportunities. For more information, click here (CAC-enabled) Related Files USFK PAM 600-300 NEO 101 (English) NEO 101 (Hangul) M52 Quick Mask Training ICAPS Training NEO Binder PET NEO Self-filling NCE NEO Packet Related Links American Red Cross Safe and Well Program Seoul Embassy Travel Announcements and Security Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)