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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Joe Stroud has two goals for his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma: be a walk-on member of the football team and write for the school newspaper.

The 18-year-old Yokota High School senior always has loved sports, but he didn’t know he liked writing about them until signing up for the base’s summer hire program last year.

For $5 an hour, Stroud wrote sports articles for the base newspaper.

“It’s not a lot of money, but it can help you out and keep you out of trouble at the same time,” he said. “I’ll probably change my major to journalism.”

As Stroud did last year, hundreds of college and high school students are gearing up to work at bases across the Pacific this summer.

Details vary by location, but almost every U.S. military installation in the Pacific offers summer jobs. Exceptions are Andersen Air Force Base and Commander Naval Forces Marianas on Guam, which will not have a summer hire program.

“We would really like to provide a positive learning environment for our students and give them meaningful work,” said Connie Susuico, human resources manager at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. Last year, NAF Atsugi had 40 positions for students, Susuico said, but was able to hire 70 over the course of the summer when some hires left for vacation.

The language barrier makes finding employment overseas difficult for teenagers, said Josie Corprew, summer hire co-coordinator at Yokota Air Base.

“There’s no Burger King, no McDonald’s outside the gate where they can go … to work,” she said, adding that the summer hire program “gives them something to do during the summer.”

Jobs are open to family members of servicemembers and Department of Defense civilians. Applicants must be at least 14 years old.

In South Korea, priority goes to employing those 16 and older.

Yokota Air Base expects to pay about $262,000 for almost 210 positions this summer, Corprew said. The 374th Airlift Wing funds the program. At some bases, such as NAF Atsugi, individual commands pay for summer hires. Base commanders can choose whether to offer the program, Corprew said.

Twenty-one agencies at Yokota have asked for summer hires.

Misawa Air Base in Japan is funding 100 positions, for work in everything from public affairs to civil engineering and services squadrons.

Jobs are designated clerical or labor; applicants may choose whether to work in an office or outside. At Yokota, jobs range from filing medical records to maintaining warehouse inventory, painting and assisting in video production.

Wages in Japan are $5 an hour. Pay goes up to $5.40 an hour at some bases in South Korea.

Applications are due by Friday at Kadena Air Base and Camp Foster on Okinawa. The first application cut-off is May 30 at Camp Zama, but applications will be accepted through June 20. Those turning in applications early get priority.

NAF Atsugi is implementing a lottery system this year: When an applicant’s number is drawn, officials will attempt to match his or her skills to a job opening.

High school junior Tiffany Turner, 16, worked part-time at NAF Atsugi’s environmental office last summer. Besides filing and answering phones, she used her computer skills and helped prepare environmental presentations for newcomers, such as informing them where to recycle and dispose of household waste. She’s applying for another job this summer.

“They taught me a lot about how they’re keeping Atsugi clean,” Turner said.


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Program dates: June 23 to Aug. 15

Eligibility: Family members of active-duty, Department of Defense civilians and contract employees. Home-schooled students also are encouraged to apply.

Ages: 14 to 23

Application due date: May 23

Where to apply: Tony Ruffin at Edgren High School, or the 35th Mission Support Squadron Civilian Personnel Flight Customer Service Desk, Torii Building, Room 1300.

For more information: 226-4621 or 226-9674


Program dates: June 16 to Aug. 15

Eligibility: Family members of active-duty, appropriated and nonappropriated fund employees.

Ages: 14 to 23 (23 before June 16)

Application due date: May 16 — first cutoff; applications accepted until jobs filled.

Where to apply: Civilian Personnel Flight, Building 316, Room 207; applications also are available at Yokota high school and middle school.

For more information: 225-3921


Program dates: June 30 to Aug. 25

Eligibility: Dependents of U.S. military personnel and DOD civilian employees.

Ages: 14 through 21

Application due date: applications accepted through July 25

Where to apply: Human Resources Office, Building 1472, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information: Call Le Roy Trent at 243-8161

Note: A number will be assigned to applications at the time of submission and consideration for positions will be done on a lottery basis. Parents or guardians may submit applications for dependent children if the student is away at college. College students may apply for vacancies as soon as they arrive on base. Interested students must file an application and a parental consent form with HRO, available at HRO or Kinnick High School’s counselor’s office.


Program dates: June 16 to Aug. 22

Eligibility: Family members of active-duty or DOD civilians; must be unmarried, dependent children.

Ages: 14 to 21

Application due date: May 9

Where to apply: Human resources office, Building 66, or counselor’s office at Zama High School.

For more information: 264-3626 or 264-3213


Program dates: June 13 to Aug. 22

Eligibility: SOFA-status students

Ages: 14 years or older

Application due date: when all positions are filled

Where to apply: Marine Corps Community Services Personnel Office, Building 410, Room 210.

For more information: 253-3030


Program dates: June 23 to Aug. 15

Eligibility: SOFA-sponsored family members

Ages: 14 to 21

Application due date: April 29

Where to apply: Human resources office and Ernest J. King School

For more information: Call HRO 252-3837; E.J. King School 252-3600


Program dates: June 23 to Aug. 22

Eligibility: Single family members

Ages: 14 to 23

Application due date: May 30 is first cutoff; applications accepted until June 20.

Where to apply: Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Building 102, G-wing, Zama Youth Center, or Zama High School.

For more information: 263-3589



Program dates: June 23 to Aug. 15

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who are SOFA-sponsored family members of military and DOD civilian employees. Dependents of sponsors working for the Red Cross, United Services Organization, DOD contractors, base exchange concessionaires, military banking facilities or universities are not eligible.

Ages: 14 to 22

Application due date: May 2; if positions are still available, through May 30

Where to apply: Kadena High School career office, Kadena Middle School main office, Teen Center and Kadena Civilian Personnel Flight

Note: 20-hour-per-week clerical and laborer jobs are available; sponsors may apply for off-island family members but must provide passport and Social Security card information for verification.

For more information: 634-0441


Program dates: June 23 to Aug. 15 (Okinawa schools); May 19 to Aug. 22 (college students)

Eligibility: Dependent youths of DOD military and civilian personnel

Ages: 14 to 23

Application due date: May 2

Where to apply: Civilian Human Resources Office

Note: Most positions are full-time, 40 hours a week, but some part-time positions are available; the summer hire recognition ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 14.

More information: 645-5432

South Korea


Employment of college students runs May 19-Aug. 8. Employment of teens falls within two sessions. First session runs June 16-July 11. Second session is July 14-Aug. 8.

Applications are due by May 9 and should be sent to the CPAC at Camp Henry or turned in at Camp Hialeah in Pusan, Building 454.

Those eligible are dependents, ages 14-23, of command-sponsored personnel, including active-duty servicemembers and civilians.

Applications are available in Taegu at the Civilian Personnel Office on Camp Henry, at Taegu American School on Camp George, and at the Teen Center on Camp Walker. In Pusan, applications are available on Camp Hialeah at Building 454.

For more information: Call Susan Reiley at Camp Henry, DSN 768-7786. Those in the area of Camp Carroll in Waegwan can also call Kang Yong-il at DSN 763-7544.


Employment will be over two sessions at Chinhae Naval Base, the first from June 16 to July 11, the second from July 14 to Aug. 8.

Eligibility is limited to family members of active-duty U.S. Navy personnel, and Defense Department civilians, including nonappropriated fund employees. Eligibility is within two categories: Priority 1, students ages 16-22; and Priority 2, students ages 14 and 15.

Applications are available on base inside the Civilian Personnel Office at Building 613, the public works building. Application deadline is May 9. For more information, call DSN 762-5298.


Employment of high school students begins June 16 and ends Aug. 8. College student employment begins May 19 and ends Aug. 8.

Applications are due by May 9 and are available at the Civilian Personnel Office at Camp Red Cloud, building T909. Applications are also available online at cpoc- Pay is $5.40 per hour. For questions, call 732-6007 or 7399. About 10 to 15 positions are available.


High school students: first session: June 16 to July 11; second session: July 14 to Aug. 8.

College students: starting May 19.

Eligibility: Dependents ages 14 to 23 years old with SOFA status.

Applications are due by May 9 at the Seoul Civilian Personnel Office, Room 501, Building 4314 on south post. Application forms are also available at cpoc-

For more information, call 738-3603.


Eligibility: Students ages 14 to 22 years old who are family members of active-duty military. College students must take at least 12 semester hours or eight hours in a trimester and must provide transcripts or registration. Employment terms run June 23 to Aug. 15.

Applications are due by May 16 and must be filled out in person at the Osan Civilian Personnel Flight on Building 403 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Students who move to Osan on or after May 16 may turn in their applications and will be considered for placement if vacancies are available. Applications submitted to Osan American High School will not be accepted. The work schedule is five hours per day and salary is $5 per hour. For more information, call Ms. Godfrey or Ms. Yun at 784-8176 or 4218.

Compiled by Franklin Fisher, Jeremy Kirk, Carlos Bongioanni, Greg Tyler and Jennifer Svan.

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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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