YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Advance planning for your move to Korea will save stress and better prepare you for a great tour of duty in the Land of the Morning Calm.
For Servicemembers and Civilian Employees, contact your gaining organization to ask for a sponsor. Sponsors can ease the transition by providing vital information for your move.
If you have access to Army Community Service, Air Force Family Service or Navy and Marine Family Service at your current location, check for relocation information specific to Korea and Yongsan. Make sure you attend an overseas orientation class before you leave. Also, be sure to look in your local bookstore or library and on the Internet for assistance.
For most military and civilians, a sponsor should be assigned automatically. Junior enlisted may have to wait until arrival pending an assignment. Sponsors can get your mailing address, start the paperwork for temporary ration cards and check availability of quarters before you come.
Visit these sites online to learn more about relocation and life in Korea:
U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan: This Web site is the official site for USAG-Yongsan. It contains a wealth of current community news and information, along with a telephone directory and important links to local agencies. It also features a comprehensive, on-line Welcome Guide that offers much more information than found in these pages, including features on Seoul culture and attractions. Many of your questions about life on Yongsan can be answered here.
U.S. Forces Korea: This site is the official Internet presence for U.S. Forces Korea and provides current information on USFK policies.
Military Homefront: This site provides relocation information for not just USAG-Yongsan, but also all DOD military installations. Click on military installation, then input USAG-Yongsan. It also features a customizeable calendar, to-do lists and overseas information.
8th U.S. Army: This site contains an electronic Welcome Guide and the ROK Steady magazine.
KOHOM: This is the site for some on-post government leased housing in Korea. You can see floor plans and get other information about housing.
AmeriForce: This site includes an eight-week PCS checklist for moving to Korea, as well as many tips on family travel to Korea.
Air Force Cross Roads: This has a searchable database on installations, PCS, family and pet travel tips.
The Relocation Station: This has helpful tips on relocation.
DOD "It's Your Move":- This has PCS articles and the "It's Your Move" pamphlet.