School’s still in session, but it’s not too early for teenagers at Pacific military bases to start thinking about gainful summer employment.

The application period for summer jobs on post has opened or will soon at many bases.

U.S. Air Force bases in Japan will again offer a summer hire program after budget constraints kept it from being funded a year ago.

Officials at Yokota Air Base said funding for the 2008 summer hire program was approved as a quality-of-life initiative. Greater funding for civilian pay in fiscal 2008 made the program possible.

Yokota is funding 75 positions between June 30 and Aug. 8 with appropriated funds, according to Maureen Weber, 374th Mission Support Squadron deputy civilian personnel officer.

The summer hire program gives students the opportunity to gain marketable skills and earn money, while also providing bases with temporary workers to fill “important seasonal positions,” according to an Air Force news release.

At Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, Army officials say the summer hire program introduces eligible family members to federal employment.

The program also provides commanders and managers with additional resources during the peak vacation and permanent-change-of-station period.

Across the Pacific, bases are looking for clerical workers, lifeguards, recreation aides, computer clerks and general laborers, according to military officials.

Both part-time (20 hours) and full-time (40 hours) jobs are available.

The hourly wage ranges from $5 to $5.85 an hour, depending on location.

Students and other eligible family members, ages 14 to 23 at most places, are eligible to apply.

Some bases also will offer student volunteer opportunities.

OkinawaKadena Air Base

The program runs from June 23 to Aug. 15. Up to 100 positions, mostly clerk and laborer, will be funded at several 18th Wing organizations. The wage is $5.14 an hour. U.S. status of forces dependents ages 14 through 22 and spouses can apply.

Applications are available at the Kadena civilian personnel office through April 15. Applicants must present a copy of the sponsor’s orders/extensions and the dependent’s passport and Social Security card when applications are turned in.

Marine Corps bases

Camp Butler’s program is for Okinawa-based status of forces dependents age 14 to 23 who are unmarried. Jobs are limited and assignments will be based on the date and time of application. Middle and high school students earn $5.14 an hour. College students who qualify for GS-03 positions can earn up to $10.02 an hour.

For high school students, the jobs are clerical and light duty labor. All applications must be submitted directly to the civilian human resources office at Camp Butler in Bldg 495, second floor. Applications may also be picked up there or from school counselors at Kubasaki High School and Camp Lester Middle School.

Students younger than 18 must have parental consent.

GuamAndersen Air Base

The application period closed last week.

Naval Base Guam

The program is currently proposed and is awaiting final approval. Details should be available in the next several weeks, according to base officials.

JapanMisawa Air Base

Most jobs will be clerical and labor. The wage is $5 an hour. Organizations are still submitting requests for summer hires. Dependents ages 14 to 23 are eligible to apply. Students may apply at Robert D. Edgren High School.

Base officials are using student questionnaires about job preference and experience to match them to the right organization. For more information, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 226-4735.

Yokota Air Base

The program runs June 30-Aug. 8, with a total of 75 clerical and labor jobs available. The wage is $5 an hour. Command-sponsored family members 14 years old as of June 30 may apply.

The program is geared to high school and college-age members. Parental consent is required for youths younger than 16. Applications will be accepted starting in mid-May at the Yokota civilian personnel office in Building 316, Room 217.

Camp Zama

Base officials said the summer hire program was still in the planning stages, with details to be announced later this spring.

Naval bases

Commander, Naval Forces Japan officials did not specify which of its bases will have a summer job program. But several commands submitted a total of 85 job requests, with more expected.

The CNFJ online summer job announcement noted positions were available at Yokosuka, Ikego and Negishi. Applicants can be from 14 to 21 years old.

The summer job announcement is posted at, under the links "Departments," then “HRO,” then “vacancy announcent.” The application period is open.

South KoreaU.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud (Area I)

Participating college or high school students must be military or civilian family members living in Area I and eligible for status of forces agreement support. They must have a valid Social Security number. The registration deadline is April 19. Applications are available at the civilian personnel advisory center in Bldg T909.

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan (Area II)

Applications are available at Seoul American High School; Army Community Service Employment Readiness; Area II Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC), Bldg 4314 on South Post; and on the Area II CPAC Web site. The final day to turn in applications is April 25. Applications must be submitted in person to the Area II CPAC.

Contact Kenneth Stark at DSN 738-3655 for details.


A total of eight to 10 students are expected to be hired to work in the Navy facility’s library, for the public works department and as life guards at the base pool. The start and end date for the program are to be determined. Navy dependents stationed on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan can apply to the U.S. Army summer hire program.

Osan Air Base

Osan will determine this month whether to fund a summer hire program, according to base officials.

Kunsan Air Base

No summer hire program is available due to Kunsan being a remote assignment for U.S. servicemembers with no families or dependents, base officials said.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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