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Unaccompanied to Korea

My husband is PCSing to Korea in 88 days.  At least, I think he is.  He graduates from his current school in 87 days, and he has been told his follow on assignment is Korea.  The problem is that he doesn’t even have a RFO (request for orders) let alone actual orders.

Normally, I don’t put much thought into where we are PCSing until we have orders.  Even with orders in hand, I always keep in mind that the “Army Gods” can change their minds on a whim.  With all that being said, it is pretty much set that he is going to Korea.  He even knows what unit he is being assigned to and what his job will be.  We’re just waiting on those pesky orders.

You might be wondering what I’m going to do while he is in Korea.  Well, I’m going with him!  I’m about 99% certain I am going to be unaccompanied.  We are planning on applying for Command Sponsorship, but the Command Sponsorship process is so discombobulated in Korea right now that I’m not counting on being Command Sponsored anytime soon.  However, I refuse to be left out of an adventure, so I’m going with him!

I’ve been searching around the internet for information on being Non-Command Sponsored in Korea.  It seems like there isn’t much information because it isn’t something that is encouraged even though I read a statistic that about 2/3 of the families in Korea are Non-Command Sponsored.

I know the financial considerations for being Non-Command Sponsored thanks to this awesome matrix I found.  I’m wondering…what other considerations do I need to take into account for being Non-Command Sponsored?

Has your significant other been stationed in Korea?  Did you accompany him or her?  Why or why not?  If you did go unaccompanied, would you recommend it to another spouse?

About Jessica

Hi! I'm Jessica! A 20-something Army wife, working woman (well, when I can get a job!), and wannabe Domestic Goddess. I love reality TV (the trashier, the better!), reading, food, exclamation points, traveling, and learning new things. My current project is learning how to play the piano. My husband has a grand plan that involves me morphing into a concert pianist by the end of the year. I'm pretty sure his plans to quit the Army and to live off my performance earnings as a "Kept Man" aren't going to work out if my out-of-tune rendition of "Jingle Bells" is any indication. But we can't blame a guy for trying, right?

Speaking of my husband, I'm married to C, who has lovingly put up with all of my {mis}adventures for the past 6 years, and we have 1.5 fantastic cats -- Hailey and Zoey! Since Hailey thinks she is a dog, she only counts as half a cat - although she's probably "fluffy" enough to count as two cats.

I grew up surrounded by the Air Force, and I swore I would never get involved with the military. Period. I guess the joke's on me! Not only did I marry a military guy, but I have found a passion for being involved in the military community. Thanks to a few PCS moves, I feel like I have not only held almost every volunteer position an Army wife can hold, but I have also worked in a myriad of military support positions. I've worked as a financial counselor, a transition counselor, and a military health care benefits counselor and marketing representative. Even with those diverse experiences, I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I chronicle my military spouse {mis}adventures on my personal blog, so feel free to drop by and say "hello"!