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Warrior Base

Warrior Base is a training facility located north of the Imjin River within a few kilometers of the Demilitarized Zone. It has associated firing ranges and training areas, plus barracks facilities for units engaged in training. In addition to being a training site for the 2nd Infantry Division, Warrior Base also supported the activities of the Korean Integrated Training Program (KITP). KITP was a three-week combined training program involving US Marines and Republic of Korea Marines. The program was designed to enhance interoperability, combat readiness and combined relations through equipment and operation familiarization training.

Additional 2nd Infantry Division training sites in the Western Corridor, Kyonggi Province included North Dagmar (Munsan Area) and Firing Point 320 (Imjin River Basin). In mid-1998 11 cases of vivax malaria were reported among soldiers from 10 different locations in the United States and one in Europe. Each case was associated with military training in the Republic of Korea during the summer of 1997.

Warrior Base was one of the 42 camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 1 January 2001. The Hardship Duty Pay is paid to troops who are permanently assigned to areas where it is authorized or who serve 30 consecutive days of temporary duty in those areas. Several factors are considered in determining whether a location qualified for the pay: climate, physical and social isolation, sanitation, disease, medical facilities, housing, food, recreational and community facilities, political violence, harassment and crime. The extra pay provides meaningful financial recognition to troops assigned in areas where living conditions are substantially below US standards.

Established following the Korean War, the Warrior Base facilities were not included among the facilities to be returned to the Republic of Korea under the Land Partnership Plan agreed to in 2002.

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