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United States Army
Relocation Readiness Program (RRP)
Soldier Support Center
Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000
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. But, for many newcomers, a sponsor adds 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 a sponsor through your new unit. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status. We also recognize that the service member isn’t the only one affected by a move, so spouses can also receive training to become a sponsor.
To help prepare sponsors for success, the Sponsorship Program provides training and access to important information and resources. The Sponsorship Program helps sponsors fulfill their duties including:
· Contacting the service member and family with an introductory email
· Staying in contact with the service member throughout the moving process
· Sending information about the new community and duty assignment, responding to questions and providing information about resources
· Confirming transportation and lodging arrangements
· Helping with post office arrangements
· Meeting service members and family members upon arrival
· Going with service members to unit check-in point
· Introducing service members to the Military and Family Support Center and loan closet, if it’s available
· Familiarizing service members and families with the installation and key locations, like the commissary
Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance.
Overall, the Sponsorship Program aims to do the following:
· Provide newcomers with a sense of belonging
· Ease the transition for inbound service members or civilians and their family members
· Increase productivity of service members and loved ones
· Help newcomers make informed decisions
· Cultivate new friendships
· Improve morale
For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation’s Relocation Assistance Program office or, in the Marine Corps, the Information and Referral office.
Many installations give kids the chance to meet a new friend and become acquainted with their new installation through the installation’s youth program. Where available, youth can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online. For more information, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and click on Youth Services and your new installation. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on the Youth Sponsorship Program. 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.
Effective 25 October 2016, The Total Army Sponsorship Program has gone to a tiered approach to Sponsorship. Soldiers in the grades of O4 - O6, CW3 - CW5, and E7- E9 may request sponsorship, it is no longer mandatory. Sponsorship remains mandatory for all other grades.
NOTE: Senior Commanders have the right not to use the tiered program.
All Soldiers leaving Fort Bragg, not attending a school over 19 weeks are longer are required to have a sponsor.
Log into Army Career Tracker https://actnow.army.mil to request a sponsor
Complete sections 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the DA Form 5434 for Sponsorship.
Ensure they are completely filled out in its entirety before clicking the submit button.
Section 3 is for the gaining unit to assign a sponsor.
15 days prior to receiving installation clearing papers you must log into ACT and complete the Out-processing Survey.
If the gaining command has failed to assign a sponsor prior to the Soldier's final clearance from Fort Bragg, the Soldier will be required to request an Exception to the Policy (ETP) on a DA Form 4187, through their Unit Sponsorship Coordinator (USC) which allows the Soldier to proceed on assignment without a sponsor.
The approval authority for the ETP is the first General Officer/Senior Executive Service equivalent in the Soldier's chain of command
All in-processing soldiers will in-process at the Bragg Reception Center, Bldg. 4-1437 (same proximity as the Soldier Support Center), Normandy Street. The Fort Bragg Reception Company is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and can be reached by calling 910-396-9955, 910-396-9304 or 910 396-2656, DSN 312-236-9304, 312-236-9955 or 312-236-2656.
Soldiers E-6 and below will in-process at the Fort Bragg Reception Company, Bldg. 4-2245 (same vicinity as the Soldier Support Center), Normandy Street, 910-396-9955/4244/4250 or DSN 312-236-9955/4244/4250.
Fort Bragg Post Office does not give P.O. Boxes in advance because of the high demand. Neither Fort Bragg Reception Company will hold mail for personnel enroute to the installation. However, you can go to your local Post Office to obtain a box number application "PS Form 1093" for a local post office off the installation. Spring Lake Post Office is recommended as it is located next to the installation. Fill out the application and enclose a check or money order to the Postmaster for $26.00 for six months plus $1.00 for each key. You can get the Postmaster address and telephone number from your local Post Office. Allow 5 to 7 days for delivery and then call the Post Office to obtain your box number. Spring Lake address is 225 N. Main Street Spring Lake, NC 28390, 910-497-0113.