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United States Marine Corps
Relocation Assistance Office
San Diego, CA 92140
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.
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.
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 coordinated between the unit sponsorship coordinator and Relocation Assistance Office. Personnel desiring command sponsorship should contact their gaining command prior to commencing the PCS transfer. If you request a sponsor and coordinate in advance, your sponsor will assist with the relocation process to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, meet you upon arrival, transportation from the airport, assistance with temporary lodging reservations, and accompany you during your check-in aboard the Depot. Personnel who were not assigned a sponsor prior to transfer, and who need command sponsorship during the PCS transfer may also contact the Information Referral and Relocation Assistance Office (IR&R Program).
The Depot's military post office will assist you with mail en route if you are going to live in the barracks - 619-524-8147. The Relocation Assistance Office is available for inbound service members, and can be contacted at 619-524-5298/524-5732 or DSN 312-524-5298/5732.