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United States Army
Relocation Readiness Program
Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5000
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.
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.
To request a sponsor prior to your arrival, simply forward a completed DA Form 5434 through Army Knowledge Online to your current Strength Management Work Center or Army Personnel Office. The SMGT will then forward the form to your gaining Major Command or activity here on Fort Rucker who will respond to your request. Depending on your incoming status, whether you are a student, permanent party member, or arriving to a tenant organization, your check-in procedures will vary. If you do not receive a letter from your sponsor, please contact the Directorate of Human Resources’ Military Personnel Division/Adjutant General Division or the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. More information on contact numbers is available on the https://home.army.mil/rucker/index.php/newcomers website. Spouses or Family members traveling with the Service member may contact the Fort Rucker Army Community Service Information and Referral program or the Relocation Readiness program to request assistance during their transition at (334)255-3735/3161) or email.
The Youth Sponsorship Program depends on the availability of youth who volunteer to become sponsors. Contact your Fort Rucker School Liaison Officer at 334-255-9812 or DSN 312-558-9812 to inquire about a youth sponsor.