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United States Army
Relocation Readiness Program
1520 Freedman Drive
Fort Detrick, MD 21702
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.
Installation youth sponsorship programs facilitate the integration of military connected youth to new surroundings during moves. Primarily directed to preteen and teenaged youth, installation youth programs give youth 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 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.
Sponsorship is very important at Fort Detrick.
Soldiers should request sponsorship through the Army Career Tracker site. In order to facilitate your permanent change of station you must enroll in the Total Army Sponsorship Program by visiting https://actnow.army.mil, complete DA Form 5434 and request a sponsor using Army Career Tracker by using the following steps:
Once you complete the DA Form 5434, your sponsor will be notified and will contact you as soon as possible. If your sponsor changes you will receive a new notification in the “messages” section. Completing and saving sections 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the DA Form 5434 will initiate the sponsorship process and you will be assigned a sponsor after your completed DA Form 5434 is received.
Soldiers in pay grades E-7 to E-9, W-3 to W-5 or O-4 to O-6 may request a sponsor, but are not required to do so unless a senior commander determines that sponsorship is required within their area of responsibility. All other grades are required to have a sponsor.
The Youth Sponsorship Program is available to youth family members of active-duty, retired and Reserve service members as well as youth dependents of Department of Defense civilians. The Youth Sponsorship Program has active volunteers at the School-Age Centers and Youth Center to welcome incoming youth and assist with their transition to Fort Detrick. Find out more information here.