It looks like the curfew is here to stay for good once again:
The off-installation curfew for U.S. servicemembers in South Korea will continue indefinitely, according to a general order issued Monday by U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James Thurman.
“This curfew is imposed due to operation and mission-readiness requirements,” Thurman wrote in a memorandum. “I expect USFK will maintain an appropriate state of awareness and mission preparedness for a significant period.”
The order, which replaces a similar one issued in December 2011, says the curfew “will be reviewed as needed to determine its continued suitability.” The previous order said the curfew would be reviewed quarterly.
Attempts to get comment from USFK officials on why the new order was issued were unsuccessful Thursday. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but I really wish the stated rationale of “mission readiness” would stop being used. When troops hear that it makes the USFK leadership seem disingenuous because everyone knows the curfew is not about mission readiness, but instead put in place in an attempt to decrease incidents between servicemembers and Korean civilians by keeping servicemembers off the streets at night.
Anyway like I have repeatedly said, the USFK leadership should have never dropped the curfew in the first place if they were not willing to take the political heat the first time an incident happens. Sure enough they were not willing to take the heat and the curfew came right back. That is why I have always advocated for the Warrior Pass policy from a decade ago because USFK senior leaders always turn back to reinstating a curfew because it is the easy response to make it look like something is being done. With my Warrior Pass idea USFK servicemembers who are not causing trouble would not be effected by the curfew.
You can read more about my Warrior Pass idea at the below link: