Posted on Nov 6, 2013
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So my entire perspective has been warped by how the Army functions here in Korea, and quite frankly it has discouraged me to reenlist for fear of the same drama and babysitting I've had to endure here. Is this how the Army is? I was told in AIT, "Big Army" is much better, but them Im told here that Korea is beast of its own. Well, which is it?
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Something I've noticed is, no matter where you go, no matter where you're stationed, you'll always hear "this isn't the real Army". There seems to be some mythological perfect Army somewhere, but I can't tell you where it is, and everyone will claim it's elsewhere.

 

I hate to say it, but I think the honest answer to your question is yes, that IS how the Army is, to use your phrase, but everywhere you go will be so drastically different that you'll always find yourself asking that same question over again.

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SSG Physical Security Nco
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Please describe the  problems you are experiencing.
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My brother's first duty station was Korea, at your duty station actually.  He hated every second of it.  He let it dictate his feelings towards the Army, decided not to reenlist.  He ended up going to Ft. Irwin next and loved it.  But by the time he realized that he would want to stay in, it was too late.  

The great thing about the Army is it's always changing.  Just can't get along with an NCO/Officer? Don't worry, if you're single you'll be gone in 2 years anyways.  They'll probably PCS before you do.  Troops get moved around.  The unit I'm in is DRASTICALLY different than it was when I got here 2 years ago thanks to new Brigade, Battalion, and Co. level command teams.  I wasn't a fan of the constant BS, soldier mistakes, etc when I first got here, but now my company hasn't had an alcohol related incident in over 18 months.  

It's always changing, give it a chance.  I would say shoot for that reenlistment regardless. With the recent retention changes, competition is going to be fierce for initial term soldiers, as well as mid and career.  There aren't many slots and you shouldn't pass one by, just to figure out later you want to stay in but the Army has no room.

Good luck!
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