What is it like to sponsor an International Military Student?
As the Fort Leavenworth sponsor you are responsible for helping get the officer settled. Your civilian sponsor counterparts may volunteer to assist you but the responsibility is yours. The needs of the IMS will differ from country to country but imagine you are in their shoes and arrive in a country that you had never lived in before and must establish a household, open a bank account, obtain a driver’s license, purchase a car, car insurance and register a car all within a week after your arrival. That is why they need your assistance. Once those basic needs are met sponsors should check on the officer at least once a month and try to get together at least once a quarter outside of official events.