MWR surveys soldiers in S. Korea about favorite off-duty activities
Stars and Stripes December 28, 2004
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Morale, Welfare and Recreation has asked soldiers if the lack of women at on-post clubs is a turn-off.
The question is part of an extensive survey aimed at stopping human trafficking near U.S. bases in South Korea.
MWR’s “Stop Human Trafficking and Prostitution” survey asked soldiers visiting various recreation facilities in Warrior Country earlier this month what sort of activities they’re involved in or want to be involved in during their free time.
The survey divided soldiers by sex, rank and age, then asked them to select activities they enjoy in their off-duty hours from a list.
Options included on-post and off-post pastimes such as shopping, going to Internet cafes and hanging out in nightclubs.
In the survey, soldiers got a chance to air their views about what they like and don’t like about on-post clubs and what they like about partying off-post.
MWR also wanted to know their entertainment and dining preferences and what sort of tours they might enjoy.
Soldiers were asked, too, about the types of MWR leisure activities they would like to see in Warrior Country, with choices ranging from remote-control car racing to paintball to mountain climbing.
MWR’s Area I marketing director, Virginia Martin-Brown, said the survey results would be made public after 2nd Infantry Division leaders reviewed them.
What MWR wants to know
The survey asked soldiers to choose their preferences from lists about:
¶ On-post clubs: What they like, including food, location, price, entertainment, music, service, prices, beverages, people, atmosphere, billiards, slot machines, cleanliness, hours of operation, convenience, environment and non-intrusive salespeople; and what they don’t like, including a lack of women, hours of operation, the presence of courtesy patrol and military police, restrictions, lack of other people, lack of variety of entertainers, smoking bans, high prices and poor service.
¶ Off-post clubs: What they like, including music, prices, a more relaxed atmosphere, smoking, drinks, people, shopping, food and getting away from post.
¶ Musical preferences: Including country and western, rhythm and blues, oldies, singing DJs, rock, karaoke, jazz, blues and variety.
¶ Entertainment: Including better or more live bands, comedy shows, plays, live DJs or darts and pool tournaments.
¶ Food preferences: Including a family restaurant, Mexican food, a sports grill, soup and salad or a theme restaurant.
¶ MWR leisure activities: Including a batting cage, miniature golf, a remote control car race track, badminton, talent competitions, more concerts, a singing/music room, a large arcade, a late night driving range, go carts, laser tag, a mountain bike course, horse-back riding, mountain climbing, skate parks, beach volleyball, paintball, electronic games, fishing and ice skating.
¶ Tours: Including fishing, museums, shopping, Korean culture and hiking.
¶ Recreation center activities: Including chess, darts, cards, poetry, comedy, pool, movies and open-mike nights.
— Stars and Stripes