Command Sponsor and Indoctrination Program
Per OPNAVINST 1740.3D, the Command Sponsor and Indoctrination Program provides incoming personnel with meaningful pre-arrival communication, adequate support upon arrival and relocation assistance to meet the Sailor's needs.
Command Master Chiefs shall oversee the Command Sponsor Program.
The goal of the program is to facilitate a smooth transition and assimilation into the new command. Command sponsor responsibilities begin when a Service member receives PCS orders; early engagement is key to the success of the program.
Sample Welcome Letters
From Co to Service Member
From CO to Spouse
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The instruction requires that NAVPERSCOM (PERS-45) includes Command Sponsor Coordinator (CSC) contact information in all PCS orders. In order for NPC to obtain and to keep current/accurate POC information, we need the help from every command.
Email your CSC contact information and command UIC to PERS-455 at:
As of 15 March 2011, PERS-451 Head, Distribution Management Policy and Procedures Branch, advised that personal name and email addresses will no longer be accepted as points of contact to be placed in official orders due to security reasons. Please provide a generic/functional command email address (i.e., Sponsor@navy.mil, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, COB@navy.mil, SEL@navy.mil, and phone number. Additionally, in support of the effort to reduce the length of official orders, the length of the command's welcome aboard message should be no longer than 5 lines (400 characters). For example:
"- WELCOME ABOARD USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, CVN-77. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR COMMAND SPONSOR COORDINATOR VIA EMAIL: SPONSORCOORDINATOR@CVN77.NAVY.MIL. INPORT COMM: (757) 445-xxxx, AT SEA COMM: (757) 443-xxxx. FOR ADDITIONAL COMMAND INFORMATION, VISIT WEBSITE AT: HTTP://UP-WWW01.FFC.NAVY.MIL/CVN77/. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ARRIVAL."
For questions or additional information on the Command Sponsorship and Indoctrination Program contact OPNAV N170 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For CIMS technical issues contact the NSIPS Help Desk:
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