The Role of a Sponsor

Sponsors ease the transition process through familiarity, reliability and trust. Sponsors help lower risk factors that lead to negative experiences for Soldiers and DA Civilians and increase protective factors.

Types of Sponsorship

  • Advanced arrival sponsorship: This is the preferred type of sponsorship for helping to ensure a smooth transition into the Army or unit. The gaining command assigns a sponsor before inbound personnel arrive.
  • Out-sponsorship: Through this sponsorship, departing Soldiers are offered assistance as they transition into new assignments or out of the Army.
  • Emergency permanent change of station (PCS) and special cases: This may require help that is normally not provided. The absence of a sponsor or responsible Family member may require a power of attorney or summary court officer.
  • Reactionary sponsorship: The gaining command provides reactionary sponsorship for unscheduled arrivals when the time between the assignment and the reporting date is too short or when other factors prevent advanced arrival sponsorship.