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    Post Senator: It's time for US military families to leave SKorea

    WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it's time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict.
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    If I were in South Korea, I would not want my dependents to be there with me.
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    I would be a bit nervous about that myself....
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    how long would it take to evacuate all military dependents?

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    There is about a quarter million non military US in South Korea. Just rounding up the aircraft to move that many takes time. I believe it would take at least a month, maybe months.
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    It would be a daunting task but they could evacuate everybody in probably a day or at the most a few days. It would take a little over 600 jumbo jet flights to transport 250,000 people. Incheon International is the 8th largest/busiest airport in the world and can handle a lot of traffic. Or load them onto military ships and transport them to Japan or China to fly out of there.

    And if I had loved ones there, I would want them to begin coming home now when there is not yet an emergency.

    While I disagree with the premise of this article that the U.S. military should leave South Korea at this time, it does give some facts and statistics that are very eye opening in contrasting North Korea with South Korea and what we will likely be up against if it comes to war.
    It's time for the U.S. military to leave South Korea

    And while there is no way I want war--I would much prefer that Russia and China bring North Korea to its knees economically--a conventional war is much preferred to a nuclear one. And it is possible that we may be forced to make a decision about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxfyre View Post
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    It would be a daunting task but they could evacuate everybody in probably a day or at the most a few days. It would take a little over 600 jumbo jets to transport 250,000 people. Incheon International is the 8th largest/busiest airport in the world and can handle a lot of traffic. Or load them onto military ships and transport them to Japan or China to fly out of there.
    I served for five years in the 21st Air Force Operations Center. Their mission is airlift. You don't round up 600 jumbo jets and crews in a day or two.
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    It would be a daunting task but they could evacuate everybody in probably a day or at the most a few days. It would take a little over 600 jumbo jets to transport 250,000 people. Incheon International is the 8th largest/busiest airport in the world and can handle a lot of traffic. Or load them onto military ships and transport them to Japan or China to fly out of there.
    I served for five years in the 21st Air Force Operations Center. Their mission is airlift. You don't round up 600 jumbo jets and crews in a day or two.
    I know. That was just intended to be an illustration of what is needed to move so many people out of a country. But if they use military transport as well as domestic planes and ships, they can get a whole lot of folks out of there in a pretty big hurry. It would be safer and less of a log jam if they started moving people out now until tensions aren't so high.

    If Moses could lead 600,000 Israelites out of Egypt on foot, surely the U.S. government is capable of moving a fraction of that out with the resources we have. (Admittedly, I think the Biblical number of 600,000 is probably pretty much overstated. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxfyre View Post
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    That was just intended to be an illustration of what is needed to move so many people out of a country. But if they use military transport as well as domestic planes and ships, they can get a whole lot of folks out of there in a pretty big hurry. It would be safer and less of a log jam if they started moving people out now until tensions aren't so high.
    It is a lot more complicated than just putting 600 jumbo jets in service. First of all, there are not 600 jumbo jets dedicated to CRAF (Civilian Reserve Air Fleet). It will be a variety of aircraft, big and small. It requires support people on the ground to keep that fleet going. The numerous kinds of aircraft complicates parts and repair. The military would be part of it as well as CRAF. And then those support people will also have to be moved out after it is over. On top of that , the military requirements will increase which adds to the workload. Once, up and going, it goes relatively smoothly.
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