Im headed out to Kunsan anyone been there recently and have any input or advice. I am aware of all the MOPP gear games so please no need to comment on that. Are there any oppurtunities for cops other than regular flight like EST or anything like that?
If it's anything like Osan, there is Flight, QRT, Customs, Confinement, Armory, and the typical multitude of back office jobs. Good luck. About 5 members of my small squadron are headed there in the next few months.
Not much like Osan. All about the mission. Unlike Osan, the town (A Town) isn't right out the gate, its about 10 miles down the road (or so).
Osan is party town. Kunsan is all business.
... and the funnest job I ever had in SF - Town Patrol.
I don't know how I forgot town patrol. In my opinion, it's the best job to take if you can get it.
Back then I augmented TP at least 1 night of every 3-day break while I was still assigned to flight (we were on a 6 and 3 schedule). Once a permanent slot opened on TP, they hooked me up because they knew me and how I worked. I don't mention this to "chime my own bell". I mention it as advice to anyone wanting something more than flight duty. Find out how you can volunteer your time to learn the job you want.
Thanks for all the input guys. Anyone been there recently and have any tips on things to do to keep busy and stay out of trouble
Things to do....work, go to gym, try not to do dumb things in A Town, try not to do dumb things when you go to Osan, generally try not to do dumb things in any Korean cities (yes, this and the other two are necessary pieces of advice...because no matter how many times you hear it someone [maybe you?] will do it anyway), go to the club, go to work.
Osan is party town. Kunsan is all about the mission.
On the other hand, if the ballon goes up and you're in Kunsan, you might actually live to talk about it. Not so sure about Osan.
Along with the advice already given...
Finish your upgrade training, if applicable. Take college classes, if finished with upgrade training. Volunteer to help with any functions that come up. Sign up for tours through the ITT office, AFRC, Chapel, and/or squadron honorary commanders.
I am at Osan now but have visited Kunsan a few times over the past year and I was previously stationed there, as mentioned before.
One thing I have to say, and if they use the same newcomers script they had when I was there you'll hear it again, is watch the drinking. After some bad judgement calls, they've become much more sensitive about alcohol related incidents. That's not to say don't drink, just watch yourself.
The gym's good, and there are squadron teams in various sports. Definitely take advantage of any educational opportunities that come your way. While I didn't go on any, I had a number of friends go on tours who came back with positive responses.
I was at the " Kun" in 1981. A town was the rage then and I volunteered to do TP just for something to do.
There was a missile site on a nearby mountain whose mission was to destroy the base in case it got overrun like what happened during the Korean War. So much for being " safe". We were told that this was an Army base and if given the orders to destroy the base, they were to do so without regard for who was still ON the base.
Perhaps things have chabged ??
Sounds similar to the Nike Missiles in the Bay Area of Ca during the Cold War. If the big red bear tried to bomb "The City" they would launch air burst mini nukes that would end up raining down on the bay. Kinda gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Don't know much about Kunsan, But when I was at Osan they had "Combat ED". 8 week semesters, you could almost finish up 2 years in a one year tour. They were very forgiving for SP's at the time. Just something to check out. Also get off base and see things there. Korea isn't bad, I may not take the wife and the kids to Korea, but it wasn't bad.
No mention of a missile site to destroy the base when I got there in '90.
I am a retiree and have been in Korea for a long time. I have never been to Kunsan, but people get into trouble easily in Korea because of alcohol related incidents. One thing that is not mentioned is Korean cigarettes are very cheap. $2.00 or less a pack. A lot of people who have quit smoking start back. Despite what the news media tells you, Korea is quite safe. The most dangerous thing I have found for people downtown is another drunk GI.
I was at Osan from Nov 05 to Nov 07...... Thats where i got my screen name. I got 4 Lors from officers 02-05 and got an Article 15 from the commander. the sad part is that all the trouble i got in it was just from running with the wrong crowed and being wrong place, wrong time, and making the wrong decisions.
i wouldn't have it any other way. Two years in korea was a great experience.
I got a friend who has a RNLTD to Kunsan in decemeber and he keeps grilling me for information but all i can tell him is over there you gotta learn for yourself.
Well the good news is you owned up to your mistakes. But you might want to cut a brother a sprout and clue him in on how not to step on his crank.
Just spit balling ideas here...
Im sure I'll pick things up no problem but it is always nice to know what you are getting into before you get into it
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