The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) here at MCLB Barstow is here to provide support, information, and resources needed for a successful move. We educate military families on how to be proactive while preparing for a move. We are unique here at MCLB Barstow because of the small population we serve and are able to spend more time with our patrons in contrast with other installations that are heavily populated.
The Marine Corps recognizes that moving with a family can be overwhelming. The Relocation Assistance Program is a quality of life program. Marines are required to check in and out with RAP, however it would be more beneficial to make contact as soon as orders are received. Relocating civilians are also eligible to receive assistance through the Civilian Employee Assistance Program on a space available basis.
What can patrons expect from RAP? The basics include getting the correct points of contacts regarding scheduling the transportation of household goods, contacting base housing/off-base housing, temporary lodging, and checking out a loan locker/hospitality kit. RAP will access the service member’s personal circumstances and make appropriate referrals, which may include, for example, a referral to the Exceptional Family Member Program, designed to assist family members with special physical/mental needs. RAP also assists in researching the next duty station as well as off-base resources. We are networked with businesses and organizations off-base that assist the military.
Upon checking in, the service member will receive a Welcome Aboard Packet, complimentary welcome basket filled with a variety of household essentials, a tour of the facility, and a formal introduction to our friendly Marine & Family Programs staff.
When PCS orders are received, the same offer stands. If the service member is unaware of our services, assistance will be provided. These services are FREE of charge. Paying for these services elsewhere would cost hundreds of dollars! The information received is maintained confidential.
If your household goods are in transit, come by and check-out a hospitality kit. The checked out items must be returned as soon as household goods have arrived. The loan locker is FREE of charge! The kit is equipped with basic kitchenware such as pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc. We also have queen size air-mattresses, children’s cots, high chairs, microwaves, tables, chairs, and vacuums. The kitchenware comes in a large 45-gallon tote container that is equipped for a family of four. Upon request, a kit can be customized for a larger family. Individual items in the kit cannot be checked out. Please refer to the inventory list for specific items Inventory List If you wish to expedite the check-out process, download the forms.
There are monthly workshops/classes available that can assist with the difficulties of getting organized for the move, dealing with children during the process, and financial assistance, just to name a few. Classes are interactive by means of discussion based on the service member’s individual circumstances. Demonstrations of official DoD websites are provided to show how to obtain all necessary information needed during the moving process, including an emergency situation. Welcome Aboard and Pre-Departure classes equip the service member and spouse with the essential tools needed to overcome and adapt to any situation.
Our staff is personable, friendly, and willing to help you achieve your moving goals and deal with any situations that may occur. Spouses are welcome to attend all classes and workshops.