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United States Army
Reassignment Section/Installation Total Army Sponsorship Program Liaison
5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd.
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
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.
Fort Jackson also has a Youth Sponsorship Program. Did you recently receive PCS orders and have a child that's worried about moving? Maybe you've heard them wonder:
The Youth Sponsorship Program connects your child to another youth in the new community to answer these questions and so much more.
Why should my child request a sponsor? A sponsor:
What does the Youth Sponsorship Program provide for my child?
Their sponsor will provide them a welcome packet and information about their new community before they arrive. Upon arrival their sponsor will arrange for them to have a tour of the community and, once you know which school they will be attending, provide information about the school and arrange for a tour there as well. Various activities and events will help your child meet new people, learn about their school and community, and expose them to various activities and events.
How do I get a sponsor assigned to my child? Once you receive PCS orders contact your school liaison officer.
What is a youth sponsor?
Youth sponsors are at both the youth center and the school and provide information about the community and school to their sponsoree via welcome packets, email and face-to-face communication
Why should my child become a youth sponsor?
How can my child become a youth sponsor? Contact the school liaison office at 803-751-6150.
Other Sponsorship Information
Sponsorship for civilians is the responsibility of the gaining supervisor.
Other Important Post Information
Fort Jackson Post Office does not give P.O. boxes in advance because of the high demand. Prior to departing, you should request your local post office place a "hold" on your mail. Once arriving at Fort Jackson, you may obtain a P.O. box at the post office. Personal mailboxes may also be obtained in advanced by calling UPS (located at the PX) at 803-227-2692.