Moving overseas requires careful attention to detail in planning and ensuring that you have all of the right information about every aspect of your move. For Yokosuka, there is an extensive list of things you must consider, ranging from the small size of off-base housing, to appliances, television, radio, driving, passports and visas, etc. It is essential that you connect with your local relocation program specialist before you leave. Develop a detailed plan, request a sponsor, and ensure that you are fully prepared well before your departure date. When you arrive you are required by CFAY to attend Yokosuka's Area Orientation Brief/Intercultural Awareness Training (AOB/ICR). This combined class is offered weekly Monday through Friday, (except when there is a federal Holiday during the week), the class is mandatory for all newcomers in accordance with CFAY and CNFJ Instructions. Representatives from around the base will talk about policies, procedures and benefits associated with living in Japan; and local experts will discuss cultural issues and adjusting to your new home. For more relocation assistance please contact Fleet and Family Support Center at DSN 315-243-3372 or the International number at 011-81-46-816-3372, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having a sponsor before you arrive in Japan is essential. The Sponsorship program is operated at the Command level; therefore incoming personnel that have not heard from the new command, the easiest method to coordinate sponsorship is to contact the Command Master Chief of your gaining command. If you are less than six months away from departure and have not heard from your command, get in touch with the command by viewing links provided to you on the home page or email the CFAY Command Career Counselor
To expedite assignment please have the following available:
- The UIC of your current command
- The UIC of your new command
- Your e-mail address
- Detach and Report Dates
- Emergency Contact Information: (Name, Address, Phone Number,
Email address, if available)
If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them. The military may not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow procedures.
Yokosuka Enhanced Spouse Sponsorship Program (YESS!)
This is a volunteer-run sponsorship program just for spouses of incoming active duty and other SOFA sponsored members. Please visit their website for more information and to submit an application for spouse sponsorship.