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SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea posted a no-alcohol policy this week for an upcoming exercise. According to the policy, alcohol consumption is "strictly forbidden" by participants during the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which begins just after midnight Aug. 8 and ends on or about Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Alcoholic beverages are banned from command posts, life support areas, exercise control centers, the Walker Center and all training ranges and facilities. The policy also states that troops must carry or secure their weapons while on duty, but may not carry them into the Dragon Hill Lodge, banks or places serving alcohol. Unloaded weapons are allowed in post or base exchanges, food courts, snack bars and other on-post commercial facilities. UFG is the first of four South Korea-led, computer-generated war games scheduled before South Korea takes over wartime control of all troops in the country in April 2012. Planners have said the exercise will give them a picture of potential weaknesses in the operational control transfer. UFG replaces the annual Ulchi Focus Lens exercise, which rehearsed a U.S.-led war. USFK’s annual spring exercise, Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, will continue to rehearse wartime scenarios with U.S. military officials in charge. The entire policy, which outlines uniform requirements, is posted on www.usfk.mil


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