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United States Army
Installation - USAG Yongsan
APO Korea, Republic Of 96207
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USAG Area North
Yongsan Ready – Casey Strong
MISSION - Provide and integrate base operations support in Areas I & II in support of Eighth U. S. Army
VISION - Committed team of professionals dedicated to excellence as we support the Warfighter, Civilians, and Families to sustain readiness and improve quality of life
Active duty Service Members ARE NOT REQUIRED to obtain passports for entrance into Korea for their duty assignment because of an existing Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Family members who accompany the service member ARE REQUIRED to have a government no-fee passport and an A-3 VISA prior to entering Korea. Family members visiting Korea must enter on a US passport and can stay up to 90 days without any additional visa requirements. The current SOFA states that "Members of civilian component, their dependents and the dependents of members of the US Armed Forces shall be in possession of appropriate documentation issued by appropriate US authorities so that their status may be verified by the authorities of the Republic of Korea." Contact the local transportation or legal office prior to departure to determine how to obtain a US Official Travel Passport, and an A-3 and Multiple Re-entry status VISA. Immediately after arrival/in-processing stop by the ACS office, S4106 room 115 to either make an appointment with Korean Immigration onsite or to receive the proper documentation that must be filled at a local Korean Immigration Office. The SOFA stamp is required to verify the special status of civilians and dependants under SOFA.
Service members will need copies of PCS and/or leave orders to travel between the US and Korea. To travel to other foreign countries, service members will need to obtain a tourist passport. Law effective 2 July, 2001 requires signatures of both parents to obtain passports for children under the age of 13. If one parent is not available to sign the passport application, parental consent can be documented with a signed, notarized letter or statement from the absent parent providing permission to take the child or children overseas.
Airline Policy on Security Checks for Active Duty Personnel per 19th TSC JAG Office
No Random Security Checks for Service Members Traveling on Official Duty.
Before arriving in Korea, soldier must complete mandatory USFK training requirements and present valid training certificates during in-processing. Go to the USFK website and then look for the tab concerning training at the top of the page. In addition, incoming soldiers must log on to the Soldier Management System and complete the Newcomer Needs Assessment Checklist at least 90 days before their report date.
Most Military members assigned to USAG-Yongsan on an accompanied tour are only allowed one-half of their household goods allowance. If you obtain quarters on base, the Housing Office will provide the basic household items, (i.e. washer/dryer, beds, dresser, night stands, wardrobe, dining room table and chairs and other furniture). If you live off post, the Housing Office will still provide the same service, but the apartments are much smaller than most Americans have experienced.
It is beneficial to PCS overseas with a stateside driver's license that will not expire soon. Those entitled to have an USFK Motor Vehicle Operator Permit will need a current state driver's license before testing. Testing is offered every morning, by appointment only, except Friday from 8:00 am till 10:30 am in building S4106. All customers passing the test MUST return in the afternoon for follow-on training. To find out about your State’s process to renew a driver’s license while stationed in Korea, contact your local State’s DMV before departing.
Other Important Information
Personnel moving to USAG-Yongsan should make sure that creditors, membership affiliations, magazine publications, and of course family and friends have your new address. All addresses at USAG-Yongsan have an APO AP in the last line of the address. Make sure that the APO is used as the city and the AP as the state. It will assist computerized printed addresses in accepting this type of address.
You have several options in making overseas phone calls. The major telephone companies, i.e. AT&T, MCI, and SPRINT, have dial-direct service to the US. A second option is to use a Korean prepaid phone card which are very well priced and can be purchased through AAFES concessionaires on USAG-Yongsan for rates to the U.S. as low as 6-10 cents a minute. Thirdly, many military members and families opt for a VOIP service connected to barracks or home line running via the internet. Many services are available after arrival in Korea. Fourth, you could make collect calls; this option is very expensive. You cannot receive collect phone calls on post phones.
If you have pets, be aware of pet restrictions. Residents of Yongsan South Post housing areas can have no more than two pets per household. Yongsan South Post housing area, Burke Towers, may have no pets other than caged ones. Know that many airlines have imposed flight restrictions for animal travel during the hot summer months of Korea as well as within the continental United States. For a lot of information on the exciting history and culture of Korea, contact the Korean tourism board's website.
Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) Exercises are designed to prepare Military Family Members, non-essential Civilian employees and their Family Members for evacuation from the Republic of Korea. Courageous Channel exercises take place twice a year. All non-combatants must participate in these exercises. Each unit/organization has a designated NEO Warden to help families prepare appropriate NEO packets including required documents, 3 days worth of provisions (water, food, toiletries, diapers, etc.) and NBC Mask assembly. Mask should be requested through unit supply upon arrival in country. Do not break the seal on Infant and Children's masks. Video instruction on mask assembly and hands-on masks assembly training is available through Unit NEO Wardens. Due to the possibility of evacuation from the ROK, families should use careful consideration when determining what household items, jewelry or family heirlooms to ship to Korea. Items that cannot be replaced due to sentimental value should not be brought.
Military members are required to in-process through the First Replacement Company (1RC) on a three day program (Alpha-Bravo-Charlie). Each day of 1RC is focused on integrating the military member into Korea as soon as possible. Day Charlie is focused on cultural information the military member would find useful. Check with ACS, S4106 room 115, for additional resources geared for family members and civilians to include the USAG-Y Spouse & Civilian Newcomer’s Orientation, Transportation 101, Korean Food Discovery Classes, and Korean Language Classes. ACS provides a bus service once a month to Osan Passenger terminal for personnel to obtain their A3 visa/SOFA stamp. Please sign up with ACS or call DSN315-738-7505 for more information.
Due to Operation Security Measures, many pictures of buildings and locations onpost cannot be shown. USAG-Yongsan invites you to view thousands of photos representing "life in Yongsan" via Flickr or become a “fan” of the USAG-Yongsan FACEBOOK account and interact with community members and agency Points of Contact.
COVID-19 test result
Travelers heading to Korea are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. Other tests are not accepted. The Republic of Korea currently denies entry to anyone who does not have a negative PCR test result in hand when arriving. Personnel denied entry to the Republic of Korea are required to return to their point of origin, which might result in out-of-pocket costs for the traveler. As of Jan. 16, 2021, obtaining a PCR test upon arrival at airports in Korea is not currently available.
Government Travel Charge Card Program
The Government Travel Charge Card Program (GTCC) provides travelers with a safe, effective, convenient, and commercially available method to pay for expenses associated with official travel. The GTCC includes Individually Billed Accounts (IBAs) and Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs). The GTCC is a VISA credit card that may be used at any location that accepts VISA including OCONUS locations. Personal use of the travel card or using the travel card to pay for someone else's travel expenses is prohibited. The use of the travel card for non-official expenses may result in disciplinary actions.
All Soldiers on official government travel will be issued a GTCC through their losing unit or installation Agency Program Coordinator (APC). APCs are responsible for managing the DOD GTCC program for permissible expenses (see Appendix G of JTR Manual) while on official travel orders. Use of the Government Travel Charge Card is mandatory when on official business travel, unless an exemption has been granted. The mandatory GTCC training provides guidance covering the authorized use of the GTCC.
Army Community Service:
Camp Casey DSN 722-1568/1569 https://casey.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-services
Yongsan DSN 738-7036
K-16 DSN 741-6923
ACS facilitates the commander's ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated and responsive services that support readiness of Soldiers, civilians employees and their families. We maximize technology and resources, help our community adapt to unique challenges that they may face, and facilitate supportive services that promote self-reliance, resilience and stability during war and peace. We invite you to our world class facility to learn about great program offerings such as:
Camp Casey and K-16 are unaccompanied tours. There is no family housing at USAG-Casey. You can contact the Housing office in Maude Hall at (315)722-4798 for assistance with off-post housing.
Medical Services: Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital -- Located on Camp Humphreys, the 65th Medical Brigade provides medical care for USFK beneficiaries stationed throughout Korea. The hospital has a 61 bed capacity with four inpatient wards that includes: an Intensive Care Unit, Multi-care Unit, Women/Infant Care Unit and the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
Areas I and II are non-command sponsored areas with only clinics at K-16 and Casey for Soldiers.
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