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#1 USCav19D

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 15:45

First time headed there. Married with a 7 year old and three dogs. I'm about five weeks into the 60M course now, and slated to finish in early June. 

 

If anyone has any advice I'd be happy to hear it. 


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 15:59

Don't eat Gaegogi


Civilian, selected March 2017.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 16:35

See ya over there in October'ish
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 17:25

See ya over there in October'ish

You're not still here in Rucker are you?



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 17:26

Don't eat Gaegogi

Well like I said, I have three damn dogs. Maybe this would be a good way to cut down on pet expenses.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 17:52

You're not still here in Rucker are you?


For about 3 more weeks

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 20:21

Korea is a good time.  I hated the idea of going there but enjoyed it once I got there.  It should be really nice having your family there too.



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 16:32

I had a really long essay typed, then realized you posted this in March, and most of the admin stuff you have probably figured out. So ill try to hit the stuff you might still need to know.It is worth noting, that if you end up at K16 (Assault BN), some of the below may not apply. This is primarily if you go to Camp Humphreys. VIP, MEDEVAC and GSAB are at Humphreys, Assault and some MEDEVAC are at K16 (Seoul). Humphreys is great because its remote and everything is cheaper, but its kind of the Fort Rucker of Korea. K16 is right in the heart of Seoul and you can experience a lot. 

 

1) Assuming you have already figured out the command sponsorship bit. If not, its high time you get on that. It takes time to apply, and you really do not want to go without your family, and then try to apply once you're in Korea. Its tough. Get it done before you leave if you can. 

 

2) When you get there, you'll be offered the chance to live off post. Take it. You get a very generous living allowance, and since you HAVE to spend it, you get a very nice place for your money. You also get a 600$+ utility allowance, of which you might use 200/mo in the summer months. Added to COLA and HDP, you can pocket almost 1000/mo extra while in Korea if you live off post. Pretty nice. If you live at K16, you may or may not be offered the chance to live off post. I honestly do not know. 

 

3) Cars. You will be allowed one car, even if you bring your family. You can apply for a 2nd car exemption, which you will receive, but it might take a month or two to get approved, based on how much your S1 sucks. This will make it tough to get the kiddo to and from school, but its worth living off post for most people. Once you get the 2nd car memo, you should be fine. If you plan to ship your car, ship it early if possible. It takes over a month to get things over to korea on a boat (more on that). Honestly, I would just buy a car (and then a 2nd) locally used. You can get a great car for 1000-2000 bucks, and the repair costs for Korean hooptys are super cheap. Plus, you don't really wanna put a nice car on Korean roads. The drivers are crazy, the pollution is insane, and you'll never go over 80kmh anyway. 

 

4)HHG. you'll get to ship your HHG in 2 parts. The first is unaccompanied baggage. It will fly on a plane, and it'll beat you to Korea. The 2nd will go on a boat, and you'll be waiting for that for a while (again, 4-6 weeks to cross the pacific, apparently). Pack accordingly. You can take as many bags as you want with you as checked luggage (perks of being a pilot), so you can carry a lot with you. Just be aware, so you can put the important things in UAB, and the things you can wait for in HHG. 

 

5) There are oppotunities to travel, and I encourage you to take them. Use the USO, MWR and leisure travel services. Just be aware, 2CAB goes to the field a lot, and there is no shortage of exercises and training events. Put your leave in early. 

 

6) Its great you learned to fly the Mike. Youll be flying Limas in Korea. Break out the old -10 and get reacquainted. 

 

7) You're going to get really comfortable with 1 mile of visibility. 

 

8) They love their wires

 

9) Korean internet is fast as hell. It'll spoil you. 

 

Have fun! I hated most of Korea, but I enjoyed the experience. I wouldn't extend past 2 years, but you'll get to see a lot, probably make PC and get a very unique experience. 


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:11

If you find out you're coming to Humphreys, you may want to consider a one year tour. The VIP usit isn't as bad, but if you end up in the med you'll spend so much time on duty it will feel like you never see the family.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:14

 

4)HHG. you'll get to ship your HHG in 2 parts. The first is unaccompanied baggage. It will fly on a plane, and it'll beat you to Korea. The 2nd will go on a boat, and you'll be waiting for that for a while (again, 4-6 weeks to cross the pacific, apparently). Pack accordingly. You can take as many bags as you want with you as checked luggage (perks of being a pilot), so you can carry a lot with you. Just be aware, so you can put the important things in UAB, and the things you can wait for in HHG. 

 

 

I had to chuckle a bit over this one, my son left Rucker around May 22, had his unaccompanied goods packed and sent to Hawaii on May 8th and his HHG sent out on May 20th. He spent a couple weeks leave at home and landed in Hawaii June 4th.

 

As it turned out his HHG showed up June 19th.....the unaccompanied goods arrived July 5th. The same happened with all 5 that reported to Hawaii from Rucker. Not sure if they are using a different company but they really dropped the ball this time.

 

Just make sure you take your most important items with you personally.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 20:28

Sorry if I seem to hijack your thread but I just got orders to K16 Seoul Air Base for 2-2 Assault. Does anyone have any experiences here? Also, is there any chance at all I could live off base unaccompanied???



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 01:20

I can't tell you much but I can say that K16's location is about a billion times better off-duty wise than Camp Humphreys.  Also, the barracks rooms were super nice compared to the ones us rotational scumbags had to live in down at Humphreys, LoL.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 03:26

The location on your orders doesn't mean much. 2CAB ultimately decides which unit you'll end up in.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 09:39

The location on your orders doesn't mean much. 2CAB ultimately decides which unit you'll end up in.

I should have added that I received a welcome letter from my sponsor and the 2-2. It specifically said welcome to the K16 family. Still waiting to hear back but I think that's where i'm being assigned to.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 03:25

I should have added that I received a welcome letter from my sponsor and the 2-2. It specifically said welcome to the K16 family. Still waiting to hear back but I think that's where i'm being assigned to.


Lucky you. Always good to be away from the flagpole.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 20:28

Korea was good for the following:

 

Booze

Flight Time

Booze

Flight Time

Shitty Viz

Poop smell

Fast as f*ck internet.

 

Enjoy.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 19:29

That internet!  It totally spoiled me, life will never be the same.

 

Also the subway is excellent.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:44

Sorry if I seem to hijack your thread but I just got orders to K16 Seoul Air Base for 2-2 Assault. Does anyone have any experiences here? Also, is there any chance at all I could live off base unaccompanied???


I'm at K16 currently. It's a great place to be if you're looking for flight time. Negative on off-post housing for unaccompanied.
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Posted 20 July 2017 - 16:34

Korea was great for my logbook. I got 450 hours in just about 12 months of actually flying.

 

It was bad for my liver. 

 

I had the time of my life. 


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 19:04

I'm at K16 currently. It's a great place to be if you're looking for flight time. Negative on off-post housing for unaccompanied.

What company are you in?






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