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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — About 29,000 U.S. servicemembers and civilians, including about 6,000 augmentees from outside South Korea, will participate in this year’s Reception Staging Onward Movement and Integration (RSOI) and Foal Eagle exercises.

The Combined Forces Command announced Tuesday the simultaneous training will take place March 25-31 in multiple locations throughout South Korea.

It will be the CFC’s first major training this year.

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense declined to say how many participants they will have, citing security reasons.

CFC spokesman Dave Oten said the bulk of the augmentees will begin arriving in South Korea the week of March 12.

RSOI uses computer simulations to test the CFC’s ability to receive incoming forces from outside South Korea. Foal Eagle is a field training exercise that focuses on rear security, stability operations and movement of equipment.

The United Nations Command has informed North Korea of the upcoming exercises, which are described as defensive in nature and not intended to be provocative, according to a CFC release.

As with previous exercises, participants will be prohibited from drinking alcohol from 24 hours before the training begins until after it ends.

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