Sponsors are trained service members who help newcomers settle into a new duty station. They are available to all military families, no matter where you are moving. Sponsors offer a friendly face to greet you and your family at your new location, and provide personal experience and recommendations to help you feel at home. Typically of a similar rank and family status, a sponsor can assist with everything from finding the right housing options, to showing you around the installation and recommending the best places for kids to play.
Find out more about sponsorship in this article, Sponsorship: The Best Way to Settle Into Your New Home.
If you are a service member or spouse getting ready for a permanent change of station move, the Sponsorship & You: Sponsorship Awareness course can help you understand the sponsorship program, and learn about the resources available to help make your PCS as easy as possible.
The Sponsorship & You: Sponsorship Awareness course is a magazine-style format that allows you to choose topics and articles that most interest you. The course highlights resources to help you prepare for your move. It includes tips for filing taxes, navigating healthcare changes, connecting to local services and more.
The Sponsorship & You: Sponsorship Awareness course is free and available 24/7 through MilLife Learning. Log in to an existing account, or create one using a Common Access Card.
If you are a service member interested in becoming a sponsor, the eSponsorship Application and Training, or eSAT, course provides the information and resources you need to become a sponsor and help other service members have a successful move.
The updated eSAT course teaches through a game format of five challenges or “missions” that each unlock a military coin. Each challenge is a realistic scenario that lets users guide service members through a permanent change of station move. You need to score 85% or higher to complete each challenge. Once you have completed all five challenges, you can download a certificate.
The updated eSAT course also offers experienced sponsors an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and earn their certificate at the very beginning of the course. With a score of 85%, users can earn their coins and opt out of the rest of the course.
The eSAT course is free and available 24/7 through MilLife Learning. Log in to an existing account or create one using a Common Access Card.
The eSAT course supplements service-specific training requirements your service may have for sponsorship, so be sure to check for those guidelines.
Find out more about the eSAT in this article, The Updated eSponsorship Application and Training.
For more information, or to request a sponsor, you can contact your installation’s Relocation Assistance Program.