The Relocation Assistance Program was created by Public Law 101-189 (1988) and is implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.22, "Military Family Readiness." The program envisioned and enacted by the law provides service and family members with education and information about military moves pre-departure, during their move and while settling in at their new location to help them to move in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The goal is to educate individuals and families about their new location, help them make wise decisions and get settled quickly, prevent stressors on the family and increase productivity. Relocation is an all-encompassing program that crosses multiple facets of the Military Community and Family Policy directorate to include personal financial management, special needs, child care, spouse employment, education and family advocacy.
- Worldwide staffing from headquarters to the field level
- At least one person assigned to the relocation function in a Military and Family Support Center
Common program elements include the following and may vary by military service:
- Automated relocation information systems (MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move)
- Sponsorship training
- Loan closets
- One-on-one counseling performed at the installation level
- Workshops and briefings provided for in and out
processing and classes on topics such as how to buy, sell and rent smart, moving and money, settling in to a new location, cultural adaptation, reentry, moving with children, citizenship and immigration services
- Installation videos where available
- Welcome packages
All active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their immediate family members, DoD civilians and retired personnel are eligible to receive relocation assistance services.
Relocation assistance services are available worldwide on military installations and online through MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move.