Last week, Domingos finally got his RFO (Request for Orders). This means it’s now official: we’re heading to Seoul with a tentative report date of October 1st! I’ve decided to document the entire process of preparing for an OCONUS move so that all the information I gather is in one place. I’ve been doing lots of gleaning from fantastic sites all over the internet, but I’ve also done a lot of hunting for various answers, so I hope this is helpful to someone else heading to Korea in the future.
The first and only thing to do before we can do anything else: apply for Command Sponsorship (CS) so that I am officially allowed to move with him! I’m not sure any other location in the Army has CS. Here is what you need for your Overseas Screening appointment, at least in the Virginia Beach region:
1) Completed Form 5888, signed and dated by the reassignment office and your soldier.
2) Completed Form 7246, to take along to your screening.
3) Copy of medical records for the last 2-3 years; luckily, mine are available electronically.
4) A current physical completed within the last 12 months (took care of this in January).
Because my husband is Army working on a Navy base, I have to go to Ft. Eustis (about an hour away, depending on traffic) to get my screening completed. The coordinator called me on Friday and said the first available appointment is May 13th (more hurry up and wait!), but she thinks because I don’t have children and my medical records are available to the doctor online that I might not have to come in person. She’ll have the doctor review my forms and get back to me. But it doesn’t look like that will happen until the 13th. Still, at least it might save me a drive! I immediately scanned my forms and emailed them to her.
So that’s the first small step in our upcoming move to Korea. Once we get CS approval (and it’s a pretty sure thing), we can have the actual orders cut with my name on them, too. Then all hell breaks loose as we can start accomplishing a lot of the things on our extensive to-do list.
In the meantime, if you know of anyone who needs a violist, violinist, or private teacher in Seoul, please let me know!