Relocation Assistance Program
PSC 473 Box 116
FPO, AP 96349-0116
Phone (DSN) 315-243-3372
Fax (DSN) 315-243-9604
Programs and Services
If a permanent change of station, or PCS, is in your future, you may have questions about moving. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s what they offer:
Installation Specific Information
Relocation to any overseas duty assignment requires much pre-planning and, as necessary, family cooperation and involvement. Children are particularly affected by the stresses and changes involved with a major move, and their needs must not be overlooked. All family members should become active players in the relocation effort. Even single Sailors need to be aware of their needs and expectations when ordered to an overseas assignment.
We can not stress enough how important is it to request a Sponsor from your gaining command. Your Sponsor will be your eyes and ears in Yokosuka and will assist in a smooth transition to the, "Land of the Rising Sun." If you haven't been assigned a Sponsor yet please see the Major Unit Listing to request one.
Please contact the School Liaison Officer at SLOYokosuka@fe.navy.mil to sign-up for the Youth Sponsorship Program.
Make an appointment with your local FFSC Work and Family Life Consultant for individual planning tips and assistance. At Yokosuka Navy Base, primary relocation assistance and referral is available at the FFSC. If you are interested in finding out more about Yokosuka, check out their electronic Welcome Aboard Package online at http://goo.gl/kRCYL.
The Newcomer's Program at FFSC offers a series of required workshops that you are mandated to attend. It includes: Area Orientation Brief (1 1/2 days) and Intercultural Relations (ICR) training (3 1/2days) to become familiar with Yokosuka Naval Base and Japan.
COMNAVFORJAPAN Instruction 1740.5 and COMFLEACTYOKOSUKA Instruction 1740.3B both state that "Attendance at AOB/ICR is mandatory for all newly arrived Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) sponsored personnel, including adult family members permanently assigned within the Yokosuka area. Additionally, attendance at AOB/ICR is required prior to personnel being issued a driver's license (USFJ Form 4EJ or OF Form 346)." Paragraph 3.a.3 of the CFAY Instruction modifies this mandate by providing the following exemption: "...personnel previously assigned to permanent duty in mainland Japan within the last five years are required to attend only the AOB and Driver's Safety portions of the training...".
Other programs that FFSC offers during your initial period of adjustment are Enjoying Japanese Foods, Family Employment Readiness Program, Stress Management and more.
Ask our Work & Family Life consultants which program(s) can assist you best during your visit. Your Installation Work & Family Life Consultants can help you with:
There are certain documents/records that you need to bring for your check-in processing. Be sure you don't pack these items in your Household Goods Shipment: copies of orders, family entry approval letter, passports, dental and medical records, school records, etc.
Contact your Yokosuka Housing Referral Office representative, who will assist you in locating, contacting and communicating with rental agencies for off base housing. You can also put your name on the waiting list for on-base housing.
Inquire at the Personal Property Office about the status of your inbound household goods and make arrangements for delivery once you have found a rental house. During delivery of your household goods, tell the movers where you want your things to be placed. Carefully check your belongings and note in the inventory any missing or damaged items for future claim.
Will you be transitioning from the military at the end of your tour in Japan? The time to start making transition plans is now, before you leave the States. Visit your local Transition Assistance Office for separation information prior to your departure.
After your arrival in Japan, stop by the Yokosuka Transition Assistance Office, located at the Fleet & Family Support Center, to continue the process toward a successful transition. FFSC's Transition staff can assist you with career planning, resume preparation, job search skills, and much more. For more information, contact FFSC at DSN 315-243-3372, internationally at 011-81-816-3372 or the FFSC website.
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