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United States Marine Corps
Relocation Assistance (Marine & Family Programs)
Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, CA 92055
Moving is a way of life for service members and their families. Resources like MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, Plan My Move and Military OneSource provide important information to help make moving easier. For many newcomers, a sponsor can help add that personal touch.
A sponsor is assigned by a newcomer's gaining unit and helps the newcomer before, during and after a move. If you haven't been assigned a sponsor, you can request one through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status.
To help prepare sponsors for success, the Sponsorship Program provides training and access to important information and resources that can help newcomers master their move. The Sponsorship Program helps sponsors fulfill their responsibilities, which may include:
Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance. Make sure to check with your service branch for sponsor training requirements.
Overall, the Sponsorship Program aims to:
For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation Military and Family Support Center.
Sponsorship is also available for youth. Installation youth sponsorship programs help military-connected youth make a successful transition to a new community. Primarily directed to preteen and teenaged youth, installation youth programs/centers provide information and materials on programs and services available at their new location. Where available, youth can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online with other youth. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on installation youth sponsorship programs.
You can also contact your installation School Liaison Program office for information about school-based youth sponsorship programs such as Anchored4Life and Student2Student. These peer-to-peer programs help your student adjust to and navigate their new school.
If your child would like to become a youth sponsor, contact your installation School Liaison Program or youth program/center.
Families with children may also want to visit Military Kids Connect, an online community for military children and youth. The site offers games, videos and links to teen-led installation tours.
The Sponsorship Program is a very helpful tool for service members and their families relocating to a new duty station. To request a sponsor at your new duty station, approach your Unit Sponsorship Coordinator who will send a message with all your pertinent information to your new command and the gaining activity will assign a sponsor. You may also discuss sponsorship issues with your Information, Referral, & Relocation Specialist. Your sponsor will get in touch with you by phone or e-mail and answer your questions. They will show you around at your new duty station. A sponsor's assistance can make all the difference in helping newcomers settle in as quickly as possible.
To forward your mail, you may go to your local post office and for a small fee (starting at $48 for six months) establish a post office box at the Oceanside Post Office. This service can also be done online via the US Postal Services website. You can also contact the UPS store located at the Mainside Ct, Bldg 15101, Camp Pendleton 92055. They have a limited availability of PO Boxes for rent. Their phone number is 760-385-4721