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Title: Issue 04-01 Family Member Employment Opportunities


1
VTC 19th TSC?
VAN FLEET ROOM
BRIEFER
501st MI CDR
1st SIG CDR
8th MP CDR
2UEx CG
8th Army CG
8th Army CSM
175th FIN CDR
8th Army CofS
USATC-K CDR
KORO Director
18th MED CDR
35th ADA CDR
KORO CSM
18th MED CSM
175th FIN CSM
USATC-K CSM
8th MP CSM
1st SIG CSM
501st MI CSM
2UEx CSM
19th TSC CSM
35th ADA CSM
G1/AG
18th MED
18th MED
18th MED
G1/AG Deputy
Spouse
Spouse
Spouse
Spouse
Spouse
Area II
Dental
G1/AG
G1/AG
G1/AG
Area I
G3
G3
G4
Chaplain
KORO
KORO
KORO
KORO
KORO
G5
KORO
G1/AG
PAO
Area IV
Area III
175th FINCOM
DHRM
DHRM
G8
G8
DoDDS
ENGR
ENGR
CHRA
CHRA
AAFES
BOSS
IG
G1/AG
DECA
Surgeon
EO
PM
TRANSCOM
SOFA
SGS
CCK
G6
EEO
USO
Eighth United States Army Well-Being General
Officers Steering Council Meeting
Red OPR
Blue CDRs
29 July 2005
Green CSMs
2
Agenda
3
Agenda cont.
4
Opening Remarks CG Eighth United States Army
5
8th Army Well-Being Issues Update
6
3.7.4.3 Command Sponsorship
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
  • Issue. Increase Korea CSP to 3000 Army
    positions.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference
  • 13-14 MAY 02.
  • End State. CSP levels commensurate with other
    OCONUS locations.
  • Status.
  • Planning tied into TMP-A, Setting the Force plans
    Transformation.
  • Coordinate with KORO, 18th MEDCOM, DoDDS on
    future construction.
  • Zero growth until infrastructure increases.
  • Resource Impact. TBD.

ZERO GROWTH
MAX INCREASE - AFH
A
7
3.7.4.3 Command Sponsorship Plan
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
Area I II (Yongsan Hub)
Area III (Humphreys Hub)
Medical ? DoDDS ?
2164 CSPs
Area IV (Daegu Hub)
Korea
Medical Available now for CSP increase DoDDS
?
770 CSPs
2934 CSPs
HIDDEN SLIDE
Non-Rotational
CSPs Increase IAW AFH Plan
8
3.7.3.2 Sponsorship
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
Issue. Implementation of Sponsorship Program at
Command Level. Origin. Eighth Army AFAP
Conference - 13-14 MAY 02 End State. Minimize
stress uncertainty associated with relocation
through the execution of quality Korea-wide
sponsorship program.
https//sms.korea.army.mil/
  • Status.
  • Part of CIP (JAN 05)
  • Added to PRBD (APR 05)
  • SMS Sponsorship Training Package Developed w/
    MCSs
  • Tracking Sponsorship of Soldiers on Assignment to
    Korea over 14 Days
  • Next step Focus on Effective Delivery
    (In-Processing Survey)
  • Expanded automation to allow MSC visibility at
    lowest UIC.
  • Resource Impact. None.

A
9
Eighth Army Sponsorship SOURCE SMS
HIDDEN SLIDE
As of 1435, 7/20/2005
ed Does not achieve the intended purpose
reen On track achieves the intended purpose

R
G
mber On track with some difficulties
marginally achieves the intended purpose
B
lack Does not achieve the intended purpose,
significant problems in most areas
A
10
3.7.4.4 Language Barriers in Customer Service
Areas
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
  • Issue. Korean Nationals working in customer
    service areas do not communicate effectively in
    English. The lack of English sometimes
    complicates effective communication and results
    in the perception that the employee doesnt care.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference - 12-13 MAY
    03
  • End State. Implement mandatory verbal English
    proficiency training.
  • Status.
  • Coordinating new language requirements - verbal
    interviews/panel mandatory and written testing
    optional for those customer service positions
    IAW USFK Reg. 690-118 (Qualification Standards
    for KN Employees).
  • Drafting Eighth Army CofS directive memorandum
    and coordinating with the KEU.
  • Continue to urge Activities to take advantage of
    English improvement options (ACS classes, tuition
    assistance, in-house training and/or training by
    contract)
  • AAFES
  • Hired a person to conduct hands on English
    training. 
  • Two classes (90 days) ending in July, with two
    more classes planned.
  • Noticeable improvement in comprehension and
    customers interface.
  • Raised the minimum English test score to 45 and
    includes an oral English test.  Improvements
    already seen.
  • 18th MEDCOM Adding an Oral English test
    requirement for new hires. 
  • Resource Impact. None.

A
11
2.4.1.1 Family Housing 1 of 2
Manager KORO
Construction and Build-To-Lease Korea
(BTL-K). Issue. BTL planned to support increase
in Army accompanied tours in Korea to 3000
total. Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference
26-28 APR 04 End State. KORO Plan is consistent
with the Armys Family Housing Master Plan (FEB
04) which identifies a total of 3,000 AFH units
in Korea. Status. Awaiting decision on
extended land use issue being worked by USFK.
Working to restore AFHO funding FY06-11.
A
  • Resource Impact. AFHO funding cuts resulted in
    BTL AFH delays and could result in AFH reductions

12
2.4.2.1 Unaccompanied Personnel Housing
Manager KORO
  • Issue. Korea for barracks construction and
    renovation program.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference - 13-14 MAY
    02
  • End State. Provide a quality place to live for
    eligible military personnel.
  • Status.
  • Area I Facelifts (17 Complete 3 In-progress)
  • Area III Facelifts (7 Complete 2 In-progress)
  • Barracks Upgrade Program (BUP) Barracks
    Renovations (1 In-progress)
  • BUP SEQ/UOQ Renovations (6 In-progress)
  • Since 1994 221 BUPs completed 7 more required
  • Barracks Improvement Program (BIP) started by DA
    in FY05 (Recd 2M awarded 7 projects March HQ
    DA focus is now on barracks used for trainingno
    additional funding expected for this year)
  • Ongoing MCA Construction (4 In-progress)
  • Planned MCA Construction (8 Planned FY06-FY10)
  • Planned ROKFC Construction (TBD depends on final
    Humphreys master plan)
  • UPH Build-To-Lease (6 Planned FY06-FY08)
  • Resource Impact. TBD.

G
13
8th Army W-B Issues Closed Since Last GOSC
14
2.2.2.7 Permissive TDY for College Selection
Manager ACofS G1
  • Issue. AR 600-8-10, Leave and Entitlements, does
    not entitle military sponsors Permissive TDY for
    travel time from OCONUS to CONUS to visit
    prospective colleges with their high school age
    children. Personal contact and student/sponsor
    visitation is hindered by the time required to
    travel from OCONUS to CONUS.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference 26-28 APR
    04
  • End State. Authorize sufficient amount of
    permissive TDY, in conjunction with leave, to
    account for the distance between OCONUS and
    CONUS.
  • Status.
  • Submitted DA Form 2028 to change to AR 600-8-10.
  • DA considered the proposal from the perspective
    that all service members who are overseas would
    be entitled to three days PTDY and determined
    that they do not support it.   Reasons
  • Ordinary leave is designed for use to attend to
    parental family needs such as this. 
  • PTDY is an entitlement centered around the
    Soldier and not to support family activities but
    rather for official or semi-official functions
    where funded TDY is inappropriate.       
  • Although impact is fairly negligible, it counters
    current DA efforts with Congress concerning
    leave.
  • Internet provides ability to conduct college
    searches.
  • No other services would support such an
    initiative.
  • Recent changes increase Special Leave Accrual to
    120 days. 
  • Recommend this issue be closed as unattainable.
  •  
  • Resource Impact. None.

A
Closed 29 APR 05
15
2.4.1.1 (cont.) Family Housing 2 of 2
Manager KORO
  • Off Post Housing Charges.
  • Issue. There is a perception that landlords
    charge Army families higher rent than Korean
    renters. And that rent is artificially raised to
    the level of OHA. Army families feel that this
    results in higher rental costs for those families
    and the US government via OHA payments. Army
    families feel that the government spending excess
    money on housing results in less money for other
    Army community programs.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference 26-28 APR
    04
  • End State. Ensure rents charged are valid and
    educate families on Future plans for acquiring
    leased housing and utilization of on post housing
    for Army families The differences between the
    entirely different Korean rental system as
    compared to typical US stateside rentals The
    fair market value evaluations used by Housing to
    determine the appropriate cost of an off post
    home.
  • Status.
  • Prepare briefing for housing offices to better
    inform incoming personnel to Korea. (Briefing
    posted on Army OneStop web site)
  • Ensure housing offices continue to be trained on
    determination of fair market value of housing.
    (Training completed 10 June at Camp Humphreys)
  • Resource Impact. TBD.

G
Closed 27 JUN 05
16
2005 AFAP Issues
Staff Recommendation
  • Black Beret Policy
  • POVs for Displaced Junior NCOs
  • English Verbal Proficiency of Health Care
    Services Personnel
  • Leave Donation Program
  • Funding of PCS moves for Career-Level DA
    Civilians
  • Tax Exemption for OCONUS Gas Prices
  • Barracks Living Space
  • Soldier Living Conditions - Kwang-Ju
  • Graduation Credit Process
  • Learners Permit Transfer

New
New
17
Black Beret Policy
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
Issue. The black beret is not ideal for everyday
wear. The lack of a visor limits protection from
the sun, rain, and poses a potential risk of skin
cancer and other medical issues. Soldiers need
both hands to put it on and additional time to
adjust it to meet regulatory requirements.
Everyday wear of the black beret has diminished
the intended symbolism of pride and excellence in
todays Army. Limiting the beret to accompany
the Class A and B uniform would increase esprit
de corps Army wide. Changing the policy will
protect soldiers and restore the appreciation for
what the black beret represents. Origin. 8th
Army/KORO AFAP Conference 26-27 APR 05 End
State. Change the policy to limit wearing the
Black Beret with Class A and B uniforms only and
reinstate wear of patrol cap with duty
uniform. Staff Position. We should support this
recommendation. Staff Recommendation. Forward
to DA AFAP. Status. N/A Resource Impact. None.
?
DA
18
POVs for Displaced Junior NCOs
Manager KORO
Issue. Junior NCOs (E-5, E-6) are being forced
to live off post due to lack of barracks space.
These same individuals are not authorized to own
a car under the current USFK policy. Amending
this policy would make it easier for these
Soldiers to return to their units in the event of
a recall or alert and provide shift workers
transportation to and from work during curfew
hours. Origin. 8th Army/KORO AFAP Conference
26-27 APR 05 End State. Require automatic POV
authorization for displaced Junior NCOs forced to
live off post. Staff Position. Policy was
changed because of negative trends within the
targeted population. Staff Recommendation.
Close as unattainable. Status. N/A Resource
Impact. None.
?
19
English Verbal Proficiency of Health Care
Services Personnel
Manager 18th MEDCOM
OCR ACofS, G1/AG
Issue. Local National (LN) health care support
staff cannot effectively communicate with
patients. Current policy requires an English
reading comprehension test but it fails to
evaluate proficiency in oral communication
skills. This lack of communication creates a
language barrier between patient and support
staff which can increase anxiety in obtaining
medical treatment and can result in a
misdiagnosis. Families perceive that they receive
substandard medical care because of language or
cultural differences. Origin. 8th Army/KORO
AFAP Conference 26-27 APR 05 End State.
Implement mandatory English verbal skills testing
for LN health care services support staff. Staff
Position. This issue is being addressed at the
8th Army Well-Being level. Staff Recommendation.
Incorporate this issue into 8th Army Well-Being
issue number 3.7.4.4, Language Barriers in
Customer Service Areas. Status. N/A Resource
Impact. None.
?
20
Leave Donation Program
Manager ACofS, DHRM
Issue. The current law does not authorize
donation of sick leave to eligible employees
enrolled in Leave Donation Program (LDP). The
depletion of sick and annual leave forces the
employee into a Leave Without Pay (LWP) status
and can create financial hardships during an
already stressful time. The inability of fellow
employees to donate sick leave wastes valuable
sick hours and can lead to inappropriate use of
sick leave. Allowing employees to transfer sick
leave through the LDP would decrease sick leave
abuse and enhance the quality of life for
employees in the LDP. Origin. 8th Army/KORO
AFAP Conference 26-27 APR 05 End State.
Authorize employees the option to donate sick
leave and/or annual leave to those employees in
the LDP. Staff Position. Voluntary Leave
Transfer Programs are authorized under Title 5,
Section 630.901 of the Code of Federal
Regulations.  DA would not seek Congressional
intervention, nor would Congress be receptive to
such a proposal.  The government has no
obligation to pay for unused accumulated sick
leave.  Allowing donation of sick leave (most
likely from individuals at or near retirement)
would create a tremendous budgetary liability.
 Sick leave is a benefit that carries no monetary
value to the employee except as insurance
against loss of pay due to absence from duty
during a covered event.  Staff Recommendation.
This proposal is not in the interest of efficient
government nor does it serve the interests of our
employees. Close as unattainable. Status.
N/A Resource Impact.
?
21
Funding of PCS moves for Career-Level DA
Civilians
Manager ACofS, DHRM
Issue. Many DA civilian position vacancy
announcements for career-level personnel do not
authorize PCS relocation expenses. This practice
may force career-level employees to decline
positions which are critical for their career
progression. Funding constraints may limit local
commands to hiring local candidates with a more
narrow scope of experience. Unfunded PCS moves
result in undue financial hardships to the
employee and adversely impact career
progression. Origin. 8th Army/KORO AFAP
Conference 26-27 APR 05 End State. Mandate
payment of PCS moves for all career-level DA
civilians. Staff Position. Management has an
absolute right to determine when they have or do
not have funds available to pay PCS costs.
Funding limitations must always be taken into
consideration, and, when a sufficient number of
well qualified candidates are available within
the local commuting area, it is neither
cost-effective nor in the best interest of the
government for an organization to pay PCS costs.
Cost-effectiveness is by-and-large, the
cornerstone of all government operations and of
particular importance now that our Army is at
war. Staff Recommendation. Close as
unattainable. Status. N/A Resource Impact.
None.
?
22
Tax Exemption for OCONUS Gas Prices
Manager AAFES
Issue. OCONUS gas prices set by AAFES are
market- based and factor in federal, state and
local taxes. Using this formula results in
higher gas prices. Soldiers and families are
spending more money at the pump resulting in less
disposable income. Origin. 8th Army/KORO AFAP
Conference 26-27 APR 05 End State. Eliminate
federal, state and local taxes when calculating
OCONUS gas prices. Allow OCONUS DOD ID/Ration
card holders to purchase gas at DOD fuel points
as an additional fueling option. Staff Position.
Unlike other products we sell in the BX/PXs, we
are required to pay any applied taxes on motor
fuels as well as underground storage fees, etc.
(Ref. the Hayden Cartwright Act, 4 U.S.C. 104).
AAFES Overseas gasoline prices are established
using a marked-based pricing strategy. This
policy utilizes the CONUS Department of Energy
(DoE) monthly average for each grade of gas, plus
local dispensing costs. The Commander AAFES is
the pricing authority for this policy. Staff
Recommendation. Market based pricing supports
consistent fuel pricing policy worldwide.  The
Department of Energy is the most consistent and
accurate source of pricing information we have
available.  This issue should be closed as
unattainable. Status. N/A Resource Impact.
AAFES market-based pricing provides prices
comparable to those found throughout the United
States. Adjusting prices monthly precludes the
massive price adjustments DOD fuel points are
subject to.
?
23
Barracks Living Space
Manager KORO
Issue. The USFK exception to policy on barracks
square footage limits Soldiers living space for
themselves and their belongings. The USFK
standard of 90 square feet is substandard to the
Department of Army standards of 140 square feet
per soldier. Soldiers cannot relax off-duty in
their barracks rooms because they are cramped,
lack privacy and provides limited storage space.
These conditions can lead to increased stress and
frustration which may impact work
performance. Origin. 8th Army/KORO AFAP
Conference 26-27 APR 05 End State. Remove
current exception to policy for USFK and obtain
funding for 11 housing. Provide secure storage
space co-located with barracks until adequate
barracks are available. Modify existing barracks
living space with additional shelving and
furniture solutions. Staff Position. This issue
was addressed in 8th Army Well-Being issue number
2.4.2.1. People are more willing to accept
improvements that are put in-place quickly and
impact more people. Rotation force standards may
be different and 11 may be in conflict with the
current status. 11 will certainly not happen in
areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Bulgaria.
11 may be the standard only for CONUS based
Soldiers. As of APR 04 The CG was briefed and
the decision was made that Korea will continue to
focus on 22. We have several vendors who want
to sell us UPH furniture and we can ask them for
options of room furniture packages that are more
space efficient. Staff Recommendation. Close
all as unattainable except for last
recommendation Return to Area III. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
?
24
Soldier Living Conditions - Kwang-Ju
Manager KORO
Issue. The size and living conditions at
Kwang-Ju do not meet Army standards of 140 square
feet per Soldier. Kwang-Ju condenses this space
to 111 square feet shared by two Soldiers. It is
difficult to contract for facility repairs due to
complicated Inter-Service Support Agreement
(ISSA) between the Air Force and Army. Soldiers
do not have access to a self-help facility to
perform routine maintenance. Due to the
overcrowding and unsafe living conditions,
Soldiers may have low morale which negatively
impacts their job performance. Origin. 8th
Army/KORO AFAP Conference 26-27 APR 05 End
State. Secure more contingency barracks from Air
Force. Create, fund and streamline the ISSA.
Allow soldiers to use self-help center at nearest
installation. Staff Position. Since the ISSA is
between the 7th Air Force and Eighth Army, this
issue must be worked at Eighth Army level and not
at the Area. Much work has been done and will
continue. The issue must be tied to Joint Basing
as this will set the stage for other similar
issues that are sure to a rise in the future.
Staff Recommendation. This issue will be added
to the Eighth Army W-B as a stand alone issue.
KORO is the lead agency and must provide an
update on the ISSA status, use of the self-help
center and the barracks issue. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
?
25
Graduation Credit Process
Manager KORO OCR DoDDS
  • Issue. Information required for the transfer of
    non-Department of Defense Dependent Schools
    (DoDDS) graduation credits is not being
    effectively distributed. Therefore, students are
    unaware of the process of transferring credits.
    This hinders students from receiving fair grade
    point averages, fulfilling graduation
    requirements and reaching personal class goals.
  • Origin. 8th Army/KORO AFAP Conference 26-27
    APR 05
  • End State. Mandate in permanent change of
    station (PCS) orders and out-processing checklist
    that parents or guardians of military dependents
    gather information regarding transfer of school
    credits.
  • Change to Parents and students are more aware
    of resources available to assist when relocating
    between school systems.
  • Staff Position. The Military Child Education
    Coalition (MCEC) CD-ROM entitled Chart Your
    Course and Academic Passport (254-953-1923 to
    order) provides parents and students tips, ideas,
    and recommendations for plotting a successful
    course to high school graduation. The MCEC web
    site (www.militarychild.org/) provides additional
    information.
  • Staff Recommendation.
  • DoDDS and SLOs Communicate/Market what is
    currently available In/Out-Processing
    requirements, School Liaison Services information
    at Turbo In/Out-Processing Website (YSN), Course
    Codes and Course Descriptions at DoDEA/DoDDS
    Website, DoDDS exit packet (upon receipt of PCS
    orders, sponsor contacts gaining school
    counselor's office).
  • Publicize School Liaison Services at National
    KidsDay, FRG Rallies and Levy Briefings
  • Address SLOs Roles and Responsibilities at W-B
    Council
  • Develop Installation SLO Webpage Army wide, SEP
    05
  • Publish information campaign articles twice a
    year during Christmas and summer transitions to
    include info available to support students when
    transferring credits
  • Status. N/A
  • Resource Impact. None.

?
26
Learners Permit Transfer
Manager KORO
Issue. Stateside learners permits are not
recognized and accepted in Korea. Family members
with a stateside permit must retake the driver
education course when they arrival in Korea.
Retaking the course is expensive, a duplication
of effort and time consuming. Origin. 8th
Army/KORO AFAP Conference 26-27 APR 05 End
State. Revise the policy to authorize transfer
of stateside learners driving permits. Staff
Position. Passing the written test is required
whether you have a stateside permit, a license,
or nothing at all. All Areas have the
requirements. There are 2 possible parts to
getting driving privileges in Korea  Part I -
Individuals passing the written test with a
stateside permit or no prior experience get a
USFK permit Licensed individuals passing the
test get full driving privileges. Part II - Road
test unlicensed individuals who have not
completed a (i.e. the Milburn Course)
recognized drivers education program. Staff
Recommendation. Close the issue. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
?
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Closing Remarks CG Eighth United States Army
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Eighth United States Army Well-Being General
Officers Steering Council Meeting
Next W-B COC 1000 to 1200, 28 October 2005
Visit the 8th Army Well-Being web Page located at
http//8tharmy.korea.army.mil/G1/Well-Being/Start.
htm 
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8th Army Well-Being Issues Monitored - Not Briefed
HIDDEN SLIDE
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2.3.2.6 Civilian Medical Care
Manager 18th MEDCOM
  • Issue. Improve civilian access to primary care
    in 18th MEDCOM facilities throughout the
    peninsula.
  • Origin. Break out from 8th Army W-B Issue
    2.3.2.5 27 JUN 03
  • End State. Provide eligible civilian personnel
    with easily accessible medical treatment equaling
    or exceeding professional benchmarks.
  • Status.
  • Developing MOUs with two more facilities.

G
HIDDEN SLIDE
Moved to Monitoring 29 OCT 04
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2.3.3 Dental Services
Manager 18th MEDCOM / 618th Dental Command
  • Issue. There is insufficient dental care for non
    active-duty beneficiaries. The staffing of
    personnel is based on the active-duty population
    rather than the USFK population.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference - 13-14 MAY
    02
  • End State. Provide eligible personnel with
    required dental treatment equaling or exceeding
    professional benchmarks.
  • Status.
  • 3 Benefit Advisors have been authorized by 8th
    Army. Only 1 Benefit Advisor has been hired
    (Area II). Hiring 2 more (1 ea Area III IV)
    will facilitate the use of TDP
  • TDP briefed at ACS Newcomers Briefing, Cdr/1SG
    Course, Healthcare Forum, etc.
  • Marketing TDP expanded (AFN-K, LES, SITES, EBB,
    newspapers, Websites)
  • 42 conveniently located, Englishspeaking,
    well-qualified host nation dentists are approved
    for TDP in Areas II, III, and IV (all dental
    specialties represented)
  • TDP actively in use by family members in all
    Areas (Area I FMs come to Area II)
  • 632 family members have used the TDP with high
    satisfaction 95, survey based
  • Civilian Benefit Advisor at DC2 serves as
    full-time TDP-O liaison / info resource to help
    ADFMs use program (Area III and Area IV in need
    of same support)
  • Essential to continue to promote/market the TDP
    and assist ADFMs in use
  • Resource Impact. None.

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HIDDEN SLIDE
Moved to Monitoring 23 JAN 04
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2.3.3.1 OCONUS Retiree Dental Care
Manager 618th DENTAL
  • Issue. Retirees are unable to receive routine
    dental services at overseas military
    installations. Federally sponsored dental
    insurance is not available outside of U.S. and
    its territories and possessions. Retirees and
    families therefore, must absorb 100 of the
    dental cost.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference 26-28 APR
    04
  • End State. Expand TRICARE Retiree Dental Plan
    (TRDP) to overseas locations.
  • Status.
  • MAR 02 AMC submitted primary dental care for
    Army families and retirees at no cost to DA AFAP
    - delegates did not prioritize the issue but
    developed Issue 509, "TRICARE Dental Benefit
    Enhancement" which seeks to reduce cost shares
    and increase the maximum annual dental benefit
    for both active duty and retirees.  Issue remains
    active.
  • NOV 03 USAREUR submitted issue for consideration
    to DA AFAP to create a separate OCONUS retiree
    dental plan -- delegates did not prioritize the
    issue - cost prohibitive.
  • NOV 03 Eighth Army submitted issue for increased
    dental care for non-active duty by rotating
    reserve units OCONUS, Dental Readiness checks
    before soldiers' PCS and extension of the TRICARE
    Retiree Dental Plan to OCONUS retirees --
    delegates did not prioritize the issue not
    clearly articulated. 
  • 2 SEP 04 8th Army submitted this issue directly
    to the DA AFAP GOSC.
  • 16 NOV 04 Accepted into the DA AFAP by the GOSC.
  • Resource Impact. UNK

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HIDDEN SLIDE
Moved to Monitoring 29 OCT 04
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2.4.1.1 Family Housing
Manager KORO
Automatic Rental Collection (ARC)
G
Number of Service Members Residing Off Post
Goal is Enrollment of 75 of Service Members
Residing In Off Post Economy Rental Housing
(Unaccompanied Accompanied)
Planned policy letter for Mandatory ARC cancelled
Resource Impact. None.
HIDDEN SLIDE
Moved to Monitoring 23 JAN 04
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2.4.1.1 Family Housing
Manager KORO
AFH is for Military Key Essential Civilians
Residing On Post in both Government Owned
Government Leased Army Family Housing Units
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Planned Yongsan Return
Resource Impact. None.
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3.7.3.3 SITES Improvement
Manager KORO
  • Issue. Originally identified as Non-Command
    Sponsored Children Limited Access to DoDDS. The
    focus of the issue is increasing information
    dissemination using Standard Installation Topic
    Exchange Service (SITES) and CONUS levy briefs to
    emphasize the disadvantages of bringing family
    members to Korea in a non-command sponsored
    status.
  • Origin. Eighth Army AFAP Conference - 12-13 MAY
    03
  • End State. Individuals have accurate and
    sufficient facilities support information readily
    available to make informed decisions concerning
    bringing families to Korea.
  • Status.
  • AR 608-1, ACS Center requires a Relocation
    Assistance Coordinating Committee (RACC) meet
    quarterly (at a minimum, members from ACS,
    housing, transportation, finance, military
    personnel, civilian personnel and medical
    treatment facility). DoDDs and other appropriate
    agencies will be invited to attend the quarterly
    meetings.
  • Developing a memorandum from Director, KORO to
    Area Commanders (Complete 20 OCT 03 ) directing
    installations to review and update SITES
    information and ensure assistance is effective
    and responsive to the needs of the Army Family.
    (Complete 30 JAN 04)
  • KORO ACS will review the SITES information to
    ensure standardization and DoDDs information is
    provided. (Complete FEB 04)
  • Slide providing pertinent data for families to
    make informed decision before deploying to Korea
    has been distributed to all IMA regions for
    inclusion in their ACS Relocation briefs.
    (Complete SEP 04)
  • Resource Impact. None.

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SITES address http//www.dmdc.osd.mil/sites
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4.6.1.2 Family Member Employment Opportunities
Manager ACofS G1
Support KORO
  • Status.
  • 37 of GS-8s Below are Family Members
  • 5 of GS-9s Above are Family Members LQA
    Savings Approximately 2.7M Annually
  • 13 of All DACs (APF NAF) are Family Members
  • Area II CPAC RESUMIX Workshops
  • Last 14 JUL 05
  • Future 18 AUG 05 7 SEP 05
  • Off-post Employment Opportunities Still Pending
    SOFA Joint Committee Approval (Issue 4.6)

As of 15 JUL 05
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Korea Region AFAP Issues Not Developed Not
Briefed
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Identify Ration Control Limits
Manager USFK, J1
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. Despite ration control plate limits,
there is no limit on purchase of J1 designated
high demand items in the Commissary and Post
Exchange. This causes unavailability of products
to eligible consumers. Origin. Area I 2005
AFAP Conference End State. Set and enforce a
monthly quantity on high demand items. Introduce
a computer tracking system at check out counters
which instantly recognizes and refuses an
over-purchase of high demand items such as
alcohol, meats, diary products, baby supplies,
and hygiene products as determined by J1. Staff
Position. USFK J1 does not designate or maintain
a list of high demand items. Setting shelf
limits is an area commander or store manager
decision. There is a list of high value items
sold at the Post Exchange -- including washing
machines, golf clubs, computer hardware,
refrigerators and large screen TVs -- that are
tracked with anvil cards. Items cannot be added
or removed from the list without Congressional
approval. Staff Recommendation. Close as
unattainable as the issue was not further
developed during the Regional AFAP. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
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Restriction of Driving Privileges
Manager USFK, PMO/KORO
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. The current USFK driving policy for E-6
and below restricts these Soldiers and their
family members from driving in the Republic of
Korea. This causes hardships for Soldiers and
families residing off post who do not have access
to transportation 24/7. This adds an additional
burden on Soldiers and families due to increased
transportation expenses, as well as adversely
affecting response time for mission
accomplishment. Origin. Area II 2005 AFAP
Conference End State. Provide more sources of
free public transportation for Soldiers residing
off-post going to and from work, similar to the
school bus transportation system. Initiate the
room share program in vacant housing at Hannam
Village in order to facilitate access to
available military transportation. Return E-6
and below driving privileges Staff Position.
The recommendation to "provide more sources of
free public transportation for soldiers residing
off-post going to and from work," is home-to-work
or domicile to duty transportation and is
 prohibited by EUSA, DA, DoD, and
Federal Statutes.   Staff Recommendation.
Close as unattainable as the issue was not
further developed during the Regional AFAP and is
very similar to POVs for Displaced Junior
NCOs. Status. N/A Resource Impact. None.
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Lack Of Comparative Pricing Options In Remote
Locations
Manager AAFES/DECA
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. Prices of commissary goods at Area III
shoppettes in remote locations are more expensive
due to the lack of commissaries. The items
selected on the specific DECA 100 list leave out
goods that may supplement an individual Soldiers
needs. As a result, Soldiers are greatly
inconvenienced by having to travel to greater
Area III installations costing them time, money,
and decreasing morale. Origin. Area III 2005
AFAP Conference End State. Increase COLA in
remote locations or locations without commissary
availability. Implement a web-based system to
order commissary items to be delivered to remote
areas. Build commissary at remote sites. Staff
Position. COLA is based off Soldiers purchase
habits and the lack of a commissary would already
be accounted for. A web-based system is not
necessary as systems are already in place for
AAFES Shoppettes managers to order commissary
goods from DeCA. Commissary construction is
already included in the Korea Theater Master
Plan.   Staff Recommendation. Close as
unattainable as the issue was not further
developed during the Regional AFAP. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
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Number Of Qualified Dental Staff - Area III
Community
Manager 618th DENTAL
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. By not providing enough qualified dental
support personnel to accommodate Area IIIs
growing community, there is a lack of quality
services resulting in future serious dental
conditions and unit readiness. Origin. Area III
2005 AFAP Conference End State. Increase the
number of Command Sponsored slots to increase
authorizations/funding to hire more qualified
staff. Increase the funding for outsourcing and
subcontracting. Increase dental personnel
slotted on MTOE/TDA. Staff Position. This issue
was raised during the 8th Army AFAP Conference -
13-14 MAY 02 and was taken on by the 8th Army
Well-Being Council. Weve gone to DA and
requested the use of reserve providers DENCOM
in a DA-level response stated Reserves could not
be used for this purpose that their activities
are Soldier-based only. For information purposes,
this issue is currently being worked as part of
the DA AFAP. This issue was taken off the 8th
Army Well-Being scope on 23 January 2004.  
Staff Recommendation. Close as unattainable as
the issue was not further developed during the
Regional AFAP. Status. N/A Resource Impact.
None.
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Current USFK Curfew Policy
Manager KORO
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. Until recently changed, the curfew policy
restricted all USFK personnel, to include
civilians, contractors and family members, from
participating in off-post activities that extend
beyond curfew hours. People participate in
off-post events and patronize off-post
establishments because there are not enough MWR
activities offered on post. A revision in the
curfew policy will serve to enhance morale and
reward deserving personnel. Origin. Area IV
2005 AFAP Conference End State. Allow special
action passes to enable personnel to do other
things in the community to avoid violating
curfew. Increase funds for BOSS and MWR
programs, specifically targeting nightlife, to
draw people to on-post activities, enhancing
morale, and force protection. Staff Position.
There are already procedures for exceptions to
the curfew in place. Simply adding more money to
the BOSS and MWR programs is of little value if
there is not a plan in place to deliver
recreation programs with existing resources.
KORO MWR Recreation Program Manager will make
technical assistance visit to Area IV MWR to
assist local MWR professionals develop a plan of
action that addresses their concern by reviewing
past program AARs and developing a recreation
delivery system that delivers non-facility based
programming activity.   Staff Recommendation.
Close as unattainable as the issue was not
further developed during the Regional
AFAP. Status. N/A Resource Impact. None.
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School Calendar Doesnt Coincide w/ Military
Training Holidays
Manager USFK, J1/DoDDS
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. Students are unable to spend time with
their parents when they have different days off.
Parents have to endure additional expenses for
childcare services due to conflicting schedules.
Students often have unexpected days off that were
not publicized in the schools annual calendar.
Currently, DoDDS Pacific wide standardizes the
school calendar, and military holidays are
published by USFK. Origin. Area IV 2005 AFAP
Conference End State. Since school calendar is
publicized 6 months prior to USFK Military
Calendar, USFK should coordinate with school
calendar annually to adjust the date of Training
holidays. Allow local flexibility for reasonable
changes in the school calendar, to allow for
unforeseen circumstances, or events. Staff
Position. The 2004-2005 USFK Holiday Calendar
was coordinated with DoDDS-Korea starting with
the 2003-2004 School year. DoDDS schools tries
to match staff in-service days with military
training holidays and will continue to do so. It
cannot be done for all military training holidays
due to the fact that students must attend a
minimum number of school days to receive credit. 
Staff Recommendation. Close as the issue is
resolved. Status. N/A Resource Impact. None.
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Command Sponsorship Availability
Manager ACofS, G1/AG
Not Top AFAP ISSUE
Issue. Currently the OPTEMPO of todays Army
puts families through long, stressful periods of
separation because of operational and training
deployments. Extended separation from family
affects readiness, retention, morale, and family
cohesion. The impact of increasing Command
Sponsorship slots in Korea will significantly
enhance readiness. Origin. Area IV 2005 AFAP
Conference End State. Expand the current CSP
ceiling of 10 of assigned troops to 25, commit
the significant capital investment now for the
long term plan. Raise funding for building more
family housing, creating more slots for schools,
increasing availability of medical services, and
other facilities as needed. Allow the Major
Subordinate Commands (MSC) greater flexibility to
redesignate existing CSP positions. Staff
Position. This is currently an 8th Army
Well-Being issue (3.7.4.3). Army Command
Sponsored positions will increase from 2000 to
3000 positions while USFK positions will increase
from 3000 to 4000. There is no way to raise
additional funding. We continue to solicit
Department of the Army and Department of Defense
support for this initiative. AFH funds are
planned and coordinated. Staff Recommendation.
Close as the issue is already being addressed in
the 8th Army Well-Being Council. Status.
N/A Resource Impact. None.
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