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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — While some military spouses might bemoan a lack of employment in South Korea, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan commander Col. Dave Hall said there is employment for those who want it.

Hall said the garrison’s Child and Youth Services program — particularly at the Child Development Center — is desperately understaffed and is looking to immediately hire 15 to 17 new employees.

"We need to fill those positions tomorrow," he said.

Hall said the job involves long hours and usually pays between $9 and $11 an hour, so he is considering incentives to bring more caregivers on board.

Hall said the garrison might offer a cash bonus to current CDC employees who recruit someone new to work there. He is also looking into raising the pay, allowing employees to own cars — a privilege not extended to everyone at Yongsan — and waiving child care fees for children of employees.

"We need to be at full staffing," Hall said.

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center director Ken Stark said working at the CDC can also serve as a "foot in the door" for those looking to enter government service.

He said people who work there for at least a year can be considered internal hires in the GS system.

Hall said full-time and part-time positions are available with Child and Youth Services.

For more information, call Jeanny Jun at DSN 738-3630.


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