Marine Corps Recruit DepotSan Diego Sponsorship Basics MARINE & FAMILY SERVICES RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Why Sponsorship? • It is required by MC & Depot Order. • In some cases, the first few days and first impressions will set the tone of a tour. • It functions primarily from the “Golden Rule” perspective, … put yourself in the new Marine’s boots. • You do have a good support network to assist you with a wide variety of issues.
Typical Primary Concerns • Housing • Healthcare • Area Familiarization • Common Key Relocation Tasks
Housing • Military Family Housing Center – Naval Station San Diego - Comprehensive source of housing information and assistance; military family housing, civilian sector apartments and homes via Rental Partnership Program, Drill Instructor “Priority” Program, PPV Sites and in-house realtor. ENCOURAGE NEW ARRIVALS NOT TO VENTURE INTO THE SAN DIEGO HOUSING MARKET ALONE! • Alternate sources of information – Recommended apartment locators, publications.
Military Family Housing Welcome Center2625 Lehardy StreetSan Diego, CA 92136 619-556-8443www.cnrswhousing.navy.mil
Healthcare • Update DEERS – new address information: In person, via Tricare website, or by telephone. • Learn locations of the area military medical treatment facilities and civilian hospitals that may be needed; NavMedCen Balboa, Branch Med Clinic NavSta, BMC AmphibBase, BMC NAS N. Island, BMC NavTraCen, BMC Depot, BMC Miramar, Tricare Out-patient Clinic Clairemont, TOC Chula Vista. • Ask for references and recommendations in locating Veterinarians. (MCAS Miramar Vet)
Primary Military Medical Treatment FacilityNaval Medical Center, San Diego34800 Bob Wilson DriveSan Diego, CA 92134-5000OOD: (619) 532-6400http://www-nmcsd.med.navy.mil/The TRICARE Service Center located in Bldg. 2, is open Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and their phone number is 1-888-TRI-WEST (1-888-874-9378). The Health Benefits Advisors are available Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and their phone number is (619) 532-8328.
Childcare / Youth Programs • Child Care Resource and ReferralAddress: 2375 Recreation Way Bldg # 3320 - Naval Station San Diego Phone:(619) 556-8491Assists parents in obtaining quality child care by providing complete information and resources regarding military and civilian providers located throughout San Diego. • The Navy’s MWR Youth Programs Department operates housing area recreation centers and offers a wide variety of recreation programs for children ages three to seventeen. Some of these programs include open recreation, contract classes, field trips, teen programming, building rentals and special events. For additional information on any of these programs or services, contact your local Housing Area Recreation Center or call (619) 556-6165. • The Depot’s Marine Corps Family Team Buildingprogram office is the source of information regarding ongoing child/youth activities such as flag football, cheerleading, basketball, and popular dance. (619) 524-0916.
School Information Metro San Diego has a broad spectrum of educational institutions (public,private,parochial) and opportunities available, as well as programs to address special needs and interests. The School Liaison at Marine Corps Family Team Building is the best source for guidance with regards to school resources and contacts. For Information and Assistance: 524-8032 Two of the better online school information resources – GreatSchools.com and SchoolMatters.com - can provide a great deal of basic “know before you go” information to those on their way to San Diego. Both websites are utilized by the DoD-sponsored MilitaryHOMEFRONT.
Area Familiarization • Armed Services YMCA offers an “Out and About” tour. • Encourage new Marines and family to explore the area from the East County mountains and desert- to the Pacific Ocean seashore and beaches- and everywhere in between. San Diego is blessed with great weather, a culturally rich population, and wide variety of activities to participate in, and places to go virtually all-year round. If someone ends up being “bored”in San Diego, … it’s certainly not for a lack of things to do.
Common Tasks • Welcome Aboard Package (WAP) -Check with Relocation Assistance to verify that WAP has been sent to in-bound Marine - 524-5298. • Temporary Lodging -Depot Transient Billeting (524-4401), Lodge at MCAS Miramar, Navy Lodge at NavSta and NAS North Island. 1-800-NAVY-INN (1-800-628-9466). • Utilities –Advise that most require service connection deposits in advance; San Diego Gas & Electric, Water, Telephone, Cable, etc. • Change of Address - Can be taken care of online at www.usps.com or by submitting the form included in the Change-of-Address kit available at post office.
Need-to-Know, Nice-to-Know • Locate Local California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Service Centers. • Take note of the California Car-seat Law:Applies to children under 6 yrs / 60 lbs. Must be secured in back seat.
DMV CentersGeneral Information (800) 777-01333960 Normal St., 92103 4375 Derrick Dr., 92117
Need-to-Know, Nice-to-Know • San Diego County Recorder/Clerk Offices and Annexes – • RECORDER - accepts and records legal instruments (documents) required by law upon payment of proper fees and taxes. Functions include the maintenance of birth, marriage and death records and indexes for San Diego County. • COUNTY CLERK - functions include issuing, marriage licenses and performing civil marriage ceremonies,notaries public, process servers, and professional certified photocopiers.
San Diego County Recorder/Clerk Offices and Annexes Kearny Mesa Branch Office Main Office 5473 Kearny Villa Rd. 92123 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 260 3rd Floor (858) 505-6262 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 237-0502
Words of Wisdom from YOU, … the Sponsor • Advise in-bound Marines to budget for the move to San Diego in order to cushion the effect of economy “sticker shock” in housing prices and utilities rates. • The best one-stop info source is the monthly Commanding General’s Welcome Aboard at Marine & Family Services – Building 14. • Encourage the new Marine and family to take advantage of the many military and civilian sector activity and support programs, including – Marine & Family Services, Single Marine Program, Marine Corps Family Team Building/LINKS/Child and Youth Activities, Armed Services YMCA, and USO activities.
Quality Time • The time you will need to set aside for assisting a Marine and family which are new to the Depot - and the San Diego Community - may only be a few hours, or a couple of days – at the most. Don’t underestimate the value of that time, assistance, and understanding that you provide, … your sponsorship efforts go a long way to upholding one of the Marine mottos - “Taking Care of our own.”
Relocation Assistance Program Office IMPORTANT: Upon completion of this online brief, call or email the Relocation Assistance Program office to request your certificate of completion in order to satisfy Depot Order Sponsor Orientation requirements. (619) 524-5298 firstname.lastname@example.org