September 29, 2006, Newsletter Issue #33: The Remote Tour

Tip of the Week

If you and your family are relocating to a remote tour assignment such as Iceland or South Korea, there are a few unexpected factors to consider. One of the major ones is the local climate. In Iceland, for example, the summers have daylight until well after midnight and the winters feature only four hours of twilight per day. You'll need to prepare for such weather issues, including extreme cold and high winds, seasonal depression due to lack of sunlight and very dry skin thanks to the windy conditions.

Also, some remote assignments will have limited facilities for purchasing uniforms, military rank, insignia and other items you probably take for granted at your current job. The South Korean bases outside Seoul are quite small, and special orders can take a month or more to arrive. Are you up for a promotion soon? Best to get your military rank and other items now, so when the time comes you'll be in uniform in the proper military rank.

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