Melinda

Korea

#41 Mar 20, 2009
I haven't seen anyone peeing in the streets. What I meant about the husband wanting to live the Korean lifestyle... prostitution is legal over here. Most soldiers (un-married AND married) do dabble in this lifestyle at least once. TDC (The Ville/city around all of the camps) is mainly just juicy-bars and clubs. The girls literally stand outside of the clubs in next-to-nothing and shout at the men to come in. I told my husband the minute some girl decideds to shout at him while I'm walking next to him, it will be the last person she shouts at- HAHA. Basically, the girls get the guys to buy them drinks and talk to them all night. After that, most of them end up getting a hotel together... sometimes, and very often, it becomes serious where the two people start "dating" and the juicy-girl doesn't talk to anyone BUT that soldier. How do you think most men end up marrying the Phillipino or Korean women? They either do it because the women are willing to do whatever they can, the women want to come to the USA (that's their only way in) or because they get pregnant. Most men that I see walking around here are with an Asian girl... most of which were once "juicy-girls" at the club. There is also the red-light district, which I believe is only present in Africa (besides this) where the girls live in tiny little department-like apartments, where you can see everything they're doing. Men pay to go into these rooms and have sex with them. It's quite disturbing all of the things that are legal to go on here. From personal experience, I suggest to anyone who is married to come here and stay with your husband... otherwise he is bound to go out one night with his friends and end up doing something he will regret- no matter how much he loves you. I've seen it happen to so many girls. And for a lot of the guys that do bring their wives here, it seems as though their husbands are sick of them nagging on them (there really isn't ANYTHING for a wife to do here) and they end up fighting a lot.
Melinda

Korea

#42 Mar 20, 2009
I've never seen so many men be head over heels for Asian women. But the women here will literally do anything the man says. They put them on pedistals and are exactly the type of "wives" they want. Which is why a lot of them get married. My husbands best friend married a drinky-girl, got her pregnant, and she now lives at home (in the United States) with his parents while he is here doing the SAME thing he was before he met her. Either way it seems like a lose, lose situation.
Annie

Korea

#43 Mar 24, 2009
if you can get medical clearance to fly (from a doc) while pregnant, you can have the baby in Korea, either at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (yongsan garrison, 65th MEDBDE), or a Korean Hospital in Seoul- all acceptable facilities are really 1.5-2hrs away by car or ~3hrs by regularly scheduled mwr buses from cp casey. when you are 2weeks from your due date you can move to the Yongsan "Storks' Nest-" basically at the hospital.
if you decide to wait until you have the baby to fly, the flight to Korea is long and longer than long... breastfeeding would be difficult, changing a diaper would be, too. if your baby was uncomfortable, sick or had a touchy temperament, the trip could turnout to be awful... if at all possible, fly before the baby, unless you had planned for your mother or another helper to be with you when you have your baby... just get dad initiated as soon as possible- also, he should get to be with you on conleave at the "Storks' Nest" and at least 10days after delivery, more if your doc thinks you need his help at home. combine that with ptdy for relocating his family, and your husband will be looking at a nice chunk of "free" family time.-this is after a one to two week mandatory warrior readiness course (WRC) where he will not be with you at cp stanley.
if you ship a vehicle, it takes about 45 days to arrive. also, new household goods allowance is 50% of allowable (used to be 25%).
there are great places to live around dongducheon if you have a car... make sure to ship your baby items (crib, etc) it is difficult to get them here. you can ship your stroller/carseat portable baby items in your car... if you can get away without using them until your car arrives.
kim

Trenton, NJ

#44 Apr 22, 2009
my son just got his first orders as well.... fort casey.... he also just got married less than 3 weeks ago. these orders were a big shock to them both as they were under the inmpression they would be in fort bliss. they are both very young... and neither know what to do. he was told if he does the one yr. he has to go without her. but if he signs papers for three years she can go along.... SOMEONE help!
BECCA

AOL

#45 Apr 26, 2009
My Fiance and I were planning on getting married this summer.

We expected him to be based somewhere in the US...
But nothing seems to go as planned.

He's being stationed at Camp Casey in July... and I'm dying to know if I can go with.
jennifer

Tampa, FL

#46 May 26, 2009
My husband and I are going to Camp Casey. I have alot of questions for anyone who is CS and living there. Please contact me @ jennysue72@gmail.com
Thanks!!:)
Abi

Renton, WA

#47 May 29, 2009
Hi my name is Abigail, and my husband has orders to go to Camp Casey in September. I was wondering if any that are living over there could tell me if 1)they have their children with them 2)how they feel living off post especially now with North Korea acting up and 3)would it be a good idea to come with my husband and 7 month old daughter?
somarkat

United States

#48 May 29, 2009
There are a lot of negative things people are saying on this post about Korea.
I, myself am of Asian decent married to an American. I do not put my husband on a pedestal and if you knew anything about Korean culture, you would know that it's the Asian woman that runs things in the household, not the man.
Prostitution is NOT legal in Korea. US military memeber have been kicked out of the Army for dabbling in it. This was something that was established back when the war started by BOTH Korean and US governments to keep the soldiers "satisfied" or as a "perk" to being in Korea.
YES, the culture is different but NOT everyone is like Americans and NOT every country is like the US. Believe it or not, the US is not "normal" as you like to put it and it does not have "normal" things like groceries, etc.
When you travel, you need to keep an open mind and remember that America is not the end all be all of the world.
Korea will be different. Korea is livable. Korea has many things to offer the miltary family. How do I know this? Been there by myself for 2 years to work, went back for 2 years with my husband and now am getting ready to go back again. We love it there. I got to know the country well. If you would like some acurate information on Korea and the area, let me know on this post and I will be more than happy to help.
Abi

Renton, WA

#49 May 29, 2009
Hi Somarkat! I would love more information about Korea but my husband will be stationed in Dongducheon which does have those juicy girls, have you lived there? do you know anything about Dongducheon? I am also Asian, but I didn't take what the others said personally because that is their perception on those juicy girls. No matter where you are at, whether its Brazil, the US, Korea, etc there will always be prostitution. BTW Las Vegas legalizes prostitution so I'd hate for a foreigner to come to the US and think that American women were only like those who do that in Vegas.
somarkat

Murfreesboro, TN

#50 May 30, 2009
hi abi! let me know what you'd like to know.

i take it personally when people make generalizations about any race or country or culture without really experiencing it. especially americans who have the superiority complex.

ask questions and i will try to answer as best as i can!
rebeccah

Madison, AL

#51 Jun 24, 2009
I would really appreciate any candid information anyone has regarding school-aged children at camp casey...does anyone have them? would it be do-able? what schooling options are there?
thanks!
Dianne

Dubuque, IA

#52 Jul 16, 2009
Hi my daughters fiance just got his orders for camp casey she says she wants to go with him when he goes i need to get some info for peace of mind for my self emain dlong85605@yahoo.com
richards

Mountain Home, ID

#53 Jul 16, 2009
I just got orders too and just got married i too would like to know how the schooling situation for an 12 year old would be. I want to take my wife but she already knows about the trailer trash of asia right outside the gate and wonders if this is even a good environment you bring children. Im sure its not bad at all but you never know could be crappy ksrichards1981@yahoo.com
Jamie

Oklahoma City, OK

#54 Jul 19, 2009
How bad is the prostitution situation in Dongducheon? I heard that most juicy girls aren't Koreans. I also heard Korean girls treat men very nicely and most army wives get dumped after one year of tour. Do I also need to go to Korea in order to prevent this from happening?
Brian

Trier, Germany

#55 Jul 31, 2009
Jamie wrote:
How bad is the prostitution situation in Dongducheon? I heard that most juicy girls aren't Koreans. I also heard Korean girls treat men very nicely and most army wives get dumped after one year of tour. Do I also need to go to Korea in order to prevent this from happening?
All of the Juicy Girls are filipinas. As hard as the military tries to crack down on prostitution it is as bad as it was before they started to crack down on it. The clubs just do a better job of hiding it. Most guys who end up leaving their wives while in Korea do it with a filipina juicy girl or a female soldier. As to weather you need ot go to Korea too to stop this from happening depends on your relationship with your husband and weather or not you think he'd hook up with a prostitute.
redhead1972

Lorain, OH

#56 Aug 2, 2009
OK. Hello everyone. My name is Kim and I am a White American Female. I am a prior Army wife and Prior Army chick that was stationed on Camp Casey Korea 2 times. The "Asian" girls that work outside the gates are not all Korean, alot of them have been trafficked in from other countries and have no choice but to be there. There are also a lot of ladies that work in the clubs outside the gate that are simply trying to make a buck and do not participate in the prostitution. As a soldier, if you are caught engaging in these activities...you will get kicked out of the army. As far as the Command Sponsorship goes... Please try to go with your husbands and please try to go with a command sponsorship. It will be very difficult if you go without sponsorship(ie: will not be able to get a job on post). BUT if you have the opportunity to go...GO! Korea is a beautiful place and maybe not right around Camp Casey, but a simple cab or bus or train ride away, there are tons of things to do and see. See ladies, there is an old saying...you come back from a one year tour either...married...divorced... pregnant...or an alcoholic...and the pregnant part for the female soldier is usually by a soldier that is married and skates out of his responsibilities. SO PLEASE BY AL MEANS...GO WITH YOUR HUBBIES>>> There is an International school right outside of Camp Casey as well as Camp Red Cloud that is down the road. You have to pay, but they have a good rep. When looking for an apartment online...use caution. When they say One room...that is exactly what it is...one room. 1, 2, 1nd 3 Bedroom apartments are available nearby and are affordable. If you are command sponsored, you will get a housing allowance, if you are not...then you will not...also keep that in mind when deciding to go. I had a great time both tours in Korea. I learned alot, traveled within the country alot, and had the opportunity to learn about one of the oldest living cultures in the Entire world. As a matter of fact, I am trying to get a civilian job up on Casey because I loved the area so much. I am now a widowed mother to a 4 year old so if I get to come back, I will be needing DayCare for my son! Keep in touch everyone! kimmclain72 @ yahoo if anyone has any questions.
jennell

Aberdeen, WA

#57 Aug 17, 2009
omg i'm soo glad i found this thread! my husband just got his orders, he has to report to camp casey by october 19th 2009. i've gotten nothing but mixed answers. it sounds like sponsorship is new, so i'm hoping to make some connections from others going over, or who knows suff.

please get ahold of me and lets set up a support system, cause I'm going nuts!

thanks,
jennell

aneenzz@yahoo.com
rhondukie

AOL

#58 Sep 7, 2009
hey everyone. well my husband has been in korea camp casey since may of this year. he wants me and my daughter to move over there. the deal is that hel be home next may which is about eight more mos, or we can go in december but wel have to stay an extra year. so my question is does anyone no how bad it is over there or is it dangerous for my daughter shes only one and a half yrs old. plus do we need to get shots before we go if we decide to go. i have a lot of questions i guess just nervous. and wheres the best place to live i wanna be as close to the base as i can. but a good area. and also do the army wives have a club or somewhere we can meet up so we can make friends or just do activities with our kids. so any feed back will be helpful thanks rhonda my email is rhondukie2@aol.com please any help!!!:0)
cindy

Fort Worth, TX

#59 Sep 12, 2009
I believe your human experience is up to you and what you want it to be. I am not one to live in fear but, I do like to be informed as I see all of you do too. Dont let anyone stop you from trying to be with your spouse. My husband will be out of AIT in oct and leaving nov for camp casey. Not sure if we will be approved with sponsor ship. We have a daughter almost 4 years and a son who just turned 6 months. I know you just have to take it a day at a time. We have enough to handle in a day. Just keep showing up and taking action, that is the way I do things these days and it doesnt fail me. I love my husband deeply as many of us do. I pray that everything will workout for the best for all of us! Let go and let god!=)

Since: Sep 09

AOL

#60 Sep 13, 2009
WELL I DON'T LIVE IN FEAR EITHER, I'M JUST ANXIOUS AND NERVOUS ABOUT THE WHOLE CULTURE CHANGE, BUT I AM READY FOR THE CHANGES AND ALL THE EXPERIENCES THAT ARE TO COME. MY HUSBAND WAS IN THE AIR FORCE FOR EIGHT YEARS PRIOR TO ENLISTING INTO THE ARMY. YA CRAYZ I NO BUT HE WAS READY FOR A DIFFRENT JOB OPP THAT THE AIR FORCE COULD NOT PROVIDE. HE HAS LIVED ALL OVER EUROPE BEFORE HE AND I MET SO HE IS USED TO IT, SO IT'S MAINLY ALL NEW FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTER. I CANT WAIT TO GO TO KOREA AND TAKE IT ALL IN AS I'M SURE SOME OF YOU ARE TO. I JUST HOPE THE ADJUSTMENT COMES SMOOTHLY AND HOPEING FINDING AN APPARTMENT OR VILLA WILL NOT BE AS HARD AS PEOPLE KEEP TELLING ME. WELL I WISH ALL YOU GILS LUCK AND MAYBE SOME OF US CAN MEET OVER THERE WE NEED SOME KIND OF SUPPORT SYSTEM. ESPECIALLY FOR THE KIDS..

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