Soldiers, Civilians and Families stationed in the Republic of Korea enjoy a dynamic, family-friendly assignment that is personally and professionally rewarding.
This is an exciting time to be a Pacific Victor as Eighth Army moves toward a future that ensures we are postured to continue our enduring legacy of service in the Republic of Korea. Eighth Army has undergone the most sweeping transformation in our organization’s history to consolidate the bulk of our operations at two enduring hubs south of Seoul.
An investment of approximately $10.7 billion has expanded U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys near Pyeongtaek from 1,200 to over 3,500 acres. Soldiers, Civilians and Families stationed here now live and work in one of the Army’s flagship garrison communities with access to a wide array of services and amenities.
Further south, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu has the largest footprint in Korea, encompassing almost half of the country. USAG Daegu manages base operations on six U.S. Army installations and 11 sites in Area IV, stretching from Daejeon to Busan. As an enduring hub on the peninsula, USAG Daegu also provides support to the U.S. Navy at Fleet Activities Jinhae and the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Mujuk in Pohang.
North of Seoul, Camp Casey remains as the Army’s main garrison close to the Demilitarized Zone. Soldiers assigned there are unaccompanied and the post mainly supports U.S. Army combat brigades on rotation from the continental United States. The camp has the normal variety of garrison facilities and amenities, and is located in Dongducheon city, which is about a 45-minute drive to Seoul. A train ride is about one hour.
In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, a duty assignment to South Korea offers Soldiers a great opportunity to excel in the profession of arms preparing to defend against both conventional and unconventional threats through combined training with our Korean counterparts. The 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division is the core ground force with ROK and U.S. Army officers functioning as an integrated command team. The combined division is an evolutionary step for our alliance and provides Army officers with a unique training experience.
As the Department of Defense continues its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Eighth Army will be one of the primary destinations for the latest in warfighting equipment.
With one of the Army’s premier garrison environments and a vibrant cultural experience just outside the gate, South Korea is one of the Army’s best duty stations for military families. The DoDEA School System on the Korean Peninsula provides students with an exciting blend of academic, social, cultural and extracurricular experiences that prepare them for success later on in life. Outside of duty hours, families have the opportunity to explore a modern nation, renowned for its rich cultural history and aesthetic beauty.
With all of the benefits that Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members serving in Eighth Army have at their disposal it is easy to see why the “Land of the Morning Calm” is one of the Army’s most popular destinations. To learn more about why South Korea is the Army’s best kept secret take time to explore some of the related links on this page or ask your career counselor for more information.