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United States Army
Relocation Assistance Program
Army Community Service
307 Chamberlain Avenue, Room 172
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
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.
Army – Sponsors are requested by completing the DA 5434 (sections 1, 2, 4, and 5) on the Army Career Tracker website (https://actnow.army.mil), usually prior to receiving orders. Your gaining unit should assign a sponsor, who will input their information into section 3 of the DA 5434 and send a welcome letter. If you have not received a sponsor, you will need to contact your gaining unit's sponsorship coordinator, first sergeant, or command sergeant major for assistance. (Contact information can be found in Reporting Procedures). If you are unable to reach your gaining unit, as a last resort you may contact the installation sponsorship liaison at 706-791-7649. For further assistance, please contact the Military Personnel Division, or MPD, at your losing installation.
Air Force – Sponsor program managers for each unit assign a temporary sponsor for each airman upon receipt of assignment notice. These sponsors will make contact with inbound airman and a permanent sponsor will be assigned upon arrival to Fort Gordon. Commands and sponsors may contact the Airman and Family Readiness center for additional information or assistance at 762-206-9502/9034.
Navy – Please call 762-206-9638.
Marine Corps – If arriving to Company D, Marine Support Detachment, please call 762-206-2102. If arriving to the Marine Training Detachment, please call 762-791-8880.