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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.
Sponsors are automatically assigned to all incoming personnel prior to arrival. Inbound members should send a copy of his or her orders and flight itinerary to his or her sponsor so that he or she can make reservations for taxi services and lodging. If you have any problems contacting or meeting your sponsor, please contact the National Support Unit in Building 25, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central European Time. If calling from the U.S. dial +001-49-6565-61-8765 or DSN from the U.S. 314-452-8765; from Europe 0049-2824-16765 or DSN from Europe 452-8765. Your sponsor should take you to the U.S. NSU/Commander's Support Section for in-processing.
The post office can assign a post office box 30 days prior to your reporting date. Your sponsor must notify the post office and present your orders to secure the post office box.