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United States Navy
Relocation Assistance Program
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.
Your sponsor is your first link to your new command. Your sponsor will send you a "Welcome Aboard Package", make Unaccompanied Housing (UH) reservations for you and provide you with useful information to ensure your transition to life overseas is as comfortable as possible.
For your sponsor to serve you effectively, you must provide accurate information about yourself, so send the following information to your sponsor as soon as possible:
Generally, mail takes seven to 14 days to reach Diego Garcia, so plan accordingly. If you haven't heard back from your sponsor in a reasonable amount of time, contact your new command immediately. If your move occurs quickly before you are able to contact your sponsor or command, don't worry. There will be people at the air terminal ready to help you. To request a sponsor, contact the admin department at DSN 315-370-4117 or internationally at 011-246-370-4117 or by email at DGCommand.Sponsor@fe.navy.mil.