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Old 08-16-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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i am in the air force and am being sent to osan korea for one year starting in november. if anyone here, i am very new to this, can help me by giving me some information on korea it would be of great help. i am pretty much just looking into how it is to be there, what there is to do, shopping, fun, anything i might need to know about while living there. thanks all.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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Chaboyrandy,

This is second hand information from my sister who was a commisioned officer stationed there in the 90s, so it may be outdated ('hope so).

She often called and when asked about her doings, she always complained about the place. She said it was dirty, third-worldish. It's not what you see on TV, not the big cities anyway.

Things were cheap, however, so that at least will allow you to save money. She never complained about being bored, but did say she had to do everything with other service people.

Perhaps it was just my sister, she always did say it was her 'sentence', meaning it was an undesirable post that she "had" to take to move up in rank, or get her 'dream' post, which was Italy I think (she did get it).

I would think things have improved since then, I am almost certain.

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Old 08-16-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Chaboyrandy, attitude is 99% of the game... Osan is the nicest facility in Korea, maybe all of PacAF. Everything you could want is on base. Yes, it's a demanding mission. But I truly believe you'll come home having been glad you served there. As above, I haven't been there since the early 90's, so it's going to be a LOT different. They're doing LOTS to make the base a better place to live. Yes, Korea is "Third World-ish" by our standards. But it's a very reasonable to shop and sightsee off base. Seoul (about an hour by bus from base) is a really nice city. English isn't spoken as often when you get off base. But the Korean people are very friendly (especially if you can learn a little about their culture and maybe the Korean words for "please", "thank you" etc. I HIGHLY recommend going to see the DMZ at Panmunjom. It will give you a real sense of why we are stationed in Korea.

Korean food can be pretty spicy (kimchi, for example) but even whimps like me have a lot to choose from on a Korean menu.

Best of luck on your tour!
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