Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Logo Naval Support Activity South Potomac  |  Naval Support Facility Dahlgren
Commander, Navy Installations Command
  Find Your Region or Installation

Individual Augmentee Support

(540) 653-1839 | (800) 500-4947

Steps to Becoming an Individual Augmentee (IA)

What is an IA?
Individual Augmentees (IAs) are Sailors who support or “augment” another Navy, Marine Corps or Army command. Sailors usually go to their IA assignment on temporary or TAD orders and return to their current or “parent” command once they complete their assignment. Assignments vary in length from a few months to a year or more.

Individual Augmentees (IA) and their family members are a valued part of NSA South Potomac. Programs, events, indoctrinations, and deployment assistance are available at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Call 540-653-1839 for details.

Step #1: TAD orders are received to an IA assignment, a mandatory pre-deployment checklist is completed available at Navy Knowledge Online before detaching from your parent command. The checklist includes medical, dental, financial, administrative and online training requirements.

Step # 2: Travel to a Navy Mobilization Processing Site to ensure readiness for combat training. Currently there are four processing sites:


  Port Hueneme

  San Diego


Step #3: Attend Combat Skills Training. About half of Navy IAs attends at Fort Jackson , SC.  The Army has developed a two to three week training program for Sailors. Topics include:

  Weapons Qualifications

  Convoy Operations

  Urban Operations

  Code of Conduct

  First Aid

  Cultural Awareness

Step #4: Sailors may or may not attend follow-on training depending on their assignment.

Step #5: Once training is complete, flights are arranged to the theater of operations where there is further familiarization with the area before being sent to the command to be augmented

Individual Augmentee and Family Resources

  • Navy IA Web Site   
  • A Sailor Handbook
  • IA Family Handbook
  • Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center
  • ECRC IA Checklist (pdf)
  • National Student Loan Program: Mobilization Fact Sheet (pdf)
  • Navy Knowledge Online
  • Savings Deposit Program
  • Service Members Civil Relief Act (pdf)
  • Navy School Outreach information
  • American Red Cross
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  • Military OneSource
  • TRICARE information for deployed families
  • TRICARE Prime remote for members and their families
  • National Military Family Association
  • National Center for PTSD

Families who have been managing on their own during long deployments face a major adjustment when members return home. Often, beneath the excitement and anticipation is stress about reintegrating the returning member into family life.

After many months of separation the feelings and emotions associated with homecoming are overwhelming. With so many positive feelings surrounding the anticipated reunion, what is there to learn that could possible make this event even better?

The experienced staff at Fleet and Family Support Center has capitalized upon many homecoming experiences and offer a few observations and common questions that family members usually experience.

Anticipation of homecoming

1.  You may wonder whether your partner has changed over the long separation?

2.  You now remember all those decisions you had to make on your own and whether they were the "right" ones — now with the benefit of hindsight.

3.  Even though you really want him/her back, will you miss the freedom and independence that you enjoyed during the deployment?

4.  Will the kids adjust easily to the other parent?

5.  You've not done all the things you wanted to over these many months, will he/she want to "go and do" or just sit back and relax.

After the homecoming is over

1.  The military member doesn't seem to appreciate all the little things done while he/she was gone. Why not?

2.  He/she may seem more distant sometimes and wants to be alone a lot. You may want more family time.
What's that all about?

3.  You may have made a lot of nice changes to the house. Why didn't your spouse notice them?
4.  You thought he/she would want to spend more time with the kids.

5.  Seems like the "homecoming high" ended so quickly, especially since you had such anticipation

Share This Page