Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
I got to think today about how often we saw military scripp on the show, there was even an episode about how they were switching the color of it from blue to red to fight off counterfeiters . . . but nevertheless, we saw it often, in episodes where the characters receive their weekly pay, or even when playing poker.
But on rare occasions, American dollars would be seen as well - one such example is when Radar tries to bribe the air base Sergeant with a measley four dollars to get him back on the plane he got bumped off of.
Seems a tad strange, doesn't it?
Not really that strange. The script that they use in Korea isn't usable outside of Korea, or even outside of bases. It would be virtually impossible to order for said script to be accepted at restaurants, stores, and such in Seoul, and especially Tokyo. How would Koreans exchange it. It would be very insecure to have dozens upon dozens of Koreans coming in and out of US bases to exchange it.
I have lived in Europe, African and S. Korea. All major cities have places that exchange currency, and even small towns. I'm sure that the local US base that Radar left from had an exchange counter for military script to Korean currency or to US currency. The military script was strictly for military usage. The base itself, I'm sure, uses both US currency and the military script since soldiers coming in might not have time to exchange before they need to buy supplies. So, if Radar has US currency, he could use it there at the base and not worry about it.
One of the biggest reason for military script is that it's all paper. If you're running you don't need loose metal change we're used to, because it can be rather noisy. There have been several episodes where we see the script officer giving out twenty five cents, and it's paper.