MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- As Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season nears, commands are reminded of the importance of command sponsorship.
"It is imperative that sponsorship happens early and continues until a Sailor is fully aware of their responsibilities, local policies, programs and services available through their new command," said Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Force Master Chief (SW/AW/EXW) Leland E. Moore.
Upon the receipt of PCS orders, Sailors and their families are assigned a sponsor through the Command Sponsor and Indoctrination Programs. Sponsors are volunteers who assist new arrivals before PCS and after reporting aboard as the Sailor gets familiar with the new command and duty station. Sponsors help with check-in procedures, and can also check housing availability before a member arrives and set up arrangements for temporary lodging if needed.
Command master chiefs oversee the sponsorship program and ensure Sailors get Navy Pride and Professionalism training within 30 days of their arrival or within three drill weekends for reservists.
Anyone wishing to become a sponsor should talk to their local command sponsor coordinator and read OPNAVINST 1740.3C on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil.
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