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Pentagon May Ban Accompanied Tours in South Korea

Pentagon May Ban Accompanied Tours in South Korea
U.S. soldiers participate in a change-of-command ceremony at the Yonsan U.S. army base on Aug. 11, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 03:49 PM

The Pentagon is considering an end to the policy that allows the families of military service members to travel with them, known as an accompanied tour, in South Korea, NBC News reports.

Unnamed defense officials told the news network that leading Pentagon officials are considering a change to the policy for service members in South Korea, although a spokesman denied that any changes are imminent.

"The U.S. Department of Defense currently has no plans in place to modify the policy authorizing U.S. military dependents to to accompany service members on orders to, or currently stationed in, the Republic of Korea," Col. Rob Manning said in a statement.

At this time, roughly 28,500 American service members are stationed in South Korea, along with around 7,700 dependents, at the 15 military bases the U.S. has in South Korea, some less than 30 miles from the northern border. The military recently opened a new base south of Seoul called Camp Humphreys, which is designed to accommodate 45,000 service members and their dependents, and currently houses approximately 26,000 people in total.

Two U.S. officials told NBC News that President Donald Trump became interested in the change in policy after seeing retired Gen. Jack Keane argue for it on Fox News, as a way of helping the troops stationed there prepare for a possible war with North Korea.

"I don't believe it's happening, but it's been discussed," one White House official said.

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