WATCHCON (Watch Condition)[1] is an alert state system used by and coordinated between the South Korean armed forces and United States Department of Defense to measure reconnaissance posture, utilized often in matters concerning North Korea.[2]

Hierarchy of StagesEdit

There are four WATCHCON stages.[2]

  • WATCHCON 4 is in effect during normal peacetime.
  • WATCHCON 3 is in effect amidst indications of an important threat.
  • WATCHCON 2 is in effect amidst indications of a vital threat.
  • WATCHCON 1 is in effect during wartime.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Transcript : DoD News Briefing : Tuesday, April 9, 1996 - 2p.m, United States Department of Defense. Accessed June 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b OPLAN 5027 Major Theater War - West, Accessed June 28, 2009.