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United States Army
Relocation Assistance Program (RAP)
201 Lindquist Road
Fort Stewart, GA 31314
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.
The Fort Stewart Sponsorship Program requires every Soldier, Sergeant (E-5) through Colonel (0-6), receiving an assignment to Fort Stewart, be provided a sponsor. To get the benefits of the Sponsorship Program, Soldiers must fill out the DA Form 5434 (Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet). The program also provides that every effort is made to provide a pinpoint assignment and facilitate an advance-arrival for all married Soldiers in the grade of E1 through E4. A reactionary sponsor will be provided for these Soldiers if a pinpoint assignment and advance arrival sponsor cannot be provided. A reactionary sponsor for single Soldiers in grade E1 through E4 will also be provided.
Whether being assigned to Fort Stewart or Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF), all must sign in at Fort Stewart. Wounded Soldiers and MEDDAC Soldiers check-in at Mower Processing Center which is located on Harmon Avenue. All other Soldiers check-in at the Marne Reception Center at the intersection of Harmon Avenue, Hase Road and Pony Soldier Avenue on Fort Stewart. Contact the Marne Reception Center at 912-767-0115 for questions or other concerns. A few days will be spent here for initial in-processing.
Please check with the Post Locator for the holding of early arrival of mail; I.D. cards must be shown. The Post Locator is located in the same building as the post office, Building 418. As soon as an exact unit is assigned, complete in-processing at the mail room of unit. No matter the rank or the living arrangement, the unit's mail clerks need to know of the assignment.