If available, Service members and their families live in government housing. Housing assignments are determined by the military sponsor’s rank and family size. Housing options include low rise apartment building, town houses, duplex homes, and single family homes, ranging from two to five bedrooms. On and off post housing in Korea is comparable to or better than housing at military bases throughout the world, and most places in Korea are new construction.
If government housing is not available, Service members will be issued a certificate of non-availability (CNA) and can work with local realtors to find housing off post. On average it can take 3-4 weeks to secure an off-post rental. Service members will be required to attend a mandatory off-post housing briefing before they can enter into a lease agreement. Personnel transferring to Seoul stay at the Dragon Hill Lodge (DHL) until housing is arranged. PCS rates for the DHL vary depending on room size. Single rate is $149.00 and a double is $230.00 per night. Be aware that the Dragon Hill Lodge is an MWR facility and Housing has no control over room rates. If you have questions concerning lodging or to make reservations go to http://www.dragonhilllodge.com/ or email to Reservations@dragonhilllodge.com .
Schools in Korea
DOD schools in Korea are fully accredited and offer a wide variety of classes and services: Talented and gifted classes, special education, extracurricular activities and clubs, Advanced Placement Classes.
Korea has full health care covered by the Tri-Care program for all dependants while in Korea. The Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital/121st Combat Support Hospital in Seoul provides medical care to active duty, family members and retirees. Departments/clinics include: Pediatrics, Surgery, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ENT, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Exceptional Family Member Program.
For more information on Military Hospitals in Seoul click here.
Military Hospital in Seoul Youth services
Day care is provided by Child Development Centers offering care for children 6 weeks to 6 years, as well as before and after school care. Teen centers, youth sports, Boys and Girls Club and 4-H clubs provide social activities.
The 106th Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support provides veterinary care to military working dogs and military member owned pets at 5 locations across the peninsula (Camp Red Cloud, Yongsan, Osan AB, Camp Humphreys and Camp Walker). Information about the available veterinary services can be found at: http://www.korea.amedd.army.mil/veterinary/index.html
Stringent pet entry procedures went into effect in December 2012. Details can be found by following the link Current Pet Importation Requirement for Korea at the top of the page listed above. Failure to follow the guidelines could result in quarantine or return of your pets to the country of origin. Typical quarantine costs exceed $500.
Military posts have support facilities for almost any errand: post office, AAFES PX/BX, Commissary, dry cleaners, and gas station. Family-orientated establishments include movie theaters with first-run movies movies, bowling alleys, libraries, hobby centers, self-help facilities, restaurants, gyms, pools, and thrift stores.
For more information, click the suggested links:
Korean Cultural Information
Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism