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Morale, Welfare & Recreation

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs are an integral part of the military pay and benefits package and ensure high quality, consistent community support. Morale, Welfare & Recreation programs are classified into three categories that determine how they are funded: mission essential programs, community support programs and revenue generators. The MWR Outreach provides programs to the National Guard, the Reserve Component and active-duty families assigned to independent duty stations who lack access to the community support programs typically provided on installations.
Program Highlights

  • Category A: Mission essential programs, funded almost entirely with appropriated funds, include fitness, sports, libraries, single service member programs and deployment support. Warfighter and family support programs are now approved as a Category A, MWR activity at service discretion.
  • Category B: Community support programs, funded significantly with appropriated funds, include outdoor recreation, recreation centers, leisure tours and travel, auto hobby, child and youth development programs and skill development programs.
  • Category C: Revenue generators, funded almost entirely with non-appropriated funds, include food, beverage, entertainment, military clubs, golf courses, bowling centers, marinas and slot machines.

Program Eligibility

Eligibility depends on the program. Active duty, activated National Guard, the Reserve Component and their families qualify for unlimited use.

Program Availability

These programs are available worldwide on military installations and online.

For More Information


Branch Support Services
Department of Defense Policy
Department of Defense Service Regulations and Orders
Boating, Bowling, Golf, Stables, and Special Interest Programs Info Paper
Fitness and Sports Info Paper
Hospitality and Lodging Info Paper
Individual Skill Development Info Paper
Information, Tickets, and Tours Info Paper
Libraries Info Paper
Outdoor Recreation Info Paper
Outreach to Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Info Paper
Recreation Centers Info Paper
Single Service Member Programs Info Paper
Warfighter and Family Services Info Paper
Additional Resources


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