US military to cut 245 S. Korean jobs as forces move south

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South Korean civilian employees working on U.S. bases rally near U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul in 2016 amid fears about job losses and benefits as most American forces prepare to relocate to regional hubs south of Seoul.  KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
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South Korean civilian employees working on U.S. bases rally near U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul in 2016 amid fears about job losses and benefits as most American forces prepare to relocate to regional hubs south of Seoul. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

US military to cut 245 S. Korean jobs as forces move south

by: Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: April 11, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military will cut about 245 South Korean jobs by the end of September as garrisons shrink with the long-delayed relocation of most forces to new hubs south of Seoul, officials said.

The Army’s installation management command announced the reduction in force for Yongsan, Red Cloud and Camp Casey — the main bases in the capital and near the border with North Korea — last week in a memorandum to the Korean Employees’ Union for U.S. Forces Korea.

South Korean civilians fill most of the maintenance, service and other support jobs on U.S. military garrisons as required by the status of forces agreement between the two countries. The South Korean government shoulders most of the local labor costs, but the salaries are distributed by the Americans.

The March 29 memorandum, which was signed by deputy Yongsan garrison commander Steven Ryan, said the bases “are required to reduce Korean National (KN) positions as a result of consolidation to one command,” effective Sept. 30. It said it was giving a six-month notice in accordance with the SOFA.

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