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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — New arrivals to South Korea still get to spend their first night in the country at the Dragon Hill Lodge. But that’s about the only part of the in-processing experience that won’t change next week, officials from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, said.

The Yongsan Readiness Center on Monday will take over most of the responsibilities handled by the 1st Replacement Company, including days one through five of in-processing and billeting for new soldiers.

Newly arrived soldiers still will spend “Day 0” — the day they land in South Korea — with 1st Replacement Company, filling out paperwork, updating medical and dental records and receiving briefings about off-limits establishments and restriction to post until reaching their assigned units.

During days one though five, unaccompanied soldiers ranked staff sergeant and below who are assigned to units in the areas of camps Humphreys and Walker and Yongsan Garrison will stay in a newly renovated barracks on Yongsan, next to the Three Kingdoms dining facility.

Soldiers assigned to units in the Camp Red Cloud area will move on to the Warrior Replacement Center at Camp Stanley.

USAG Yongsan Human Resources director Steven Carpenter said the Yongsan Readiness Center was modeled after the Warrior Replacement Center’s program.

Keeping soldiers in the barracks instead of putting them in hotels not only will save money, but it also will make in-processing easier for the soldiers, Carpenter said.

“It’s a real benefit to the soldiers to be this close to support facilities,” said Carpenter, who pointed out the barracks’ proximity to a dining facility, Trent Gym, the post exchange and medical and dental clinics.

Carpenter added that maintaining accountability for new soldiers also will be easier in the barracks, as staff sergeants and sergeants first class from units throughout Yongsan will be detailed to maintain watch on the facility.

Soldiers aren’t the only ones who will feel the effects of the changes to in-processing.

Civilian employees and family members, regardless of the service with which they’re affiliated or whether they are command-sponsored, will be required to attend the last two days of briefings in order to receive ration cards.

The briefings will include classes on black-marketing, noncombatant evacuation, cultural awareness and available services and facilities.

Parents will have the option of sending their children to the Yongsan Child Development Center free of charge for the duration of the briefings.

Carpenter said the in-processing changes at Yongsan are the beginning of what eventually will spread into a peninsula-wide program.

“The goal is eventually to have similar programs in areas III and IV. Soldiers will eventually be able to in-process in their own areas,” Carpenter said. “This is a good interim solution.”


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