Within Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR), the individual skill development programs offer educational self-development activities that advance technical knowledge and skills and offer opportunities for creative growth. These programs develop manual dexterity, self-confidence, visual acuity, safety awareness, and knowledge/skills directly transferable to military occupational specialties (MOS). Installations typically provide three distinct programs: Performing Arts, Arts and Crafts, and Automotive.
- Performing Arts Skill Development Program. This program provides opportunities for skill development in music, drama, and/or theater through formal or informal instruction as well as opportunities for self-directed recreation at theater centers, dinner theaters, music centers, performing arts centers, pageants, special entertainment events, and community activities.
- Arts and Crafts Skill Development Program. This program provides opportunities for learning and recreation through formal and informal instruction in fine arts, crafts, and industrial and vocational arts. Typical activities include drawing and painting; photography; woodworking and industrial arts; art metal and jewelry; pottery and ceramics; fibers, décor, and special crafts; and sculpture and 3-D design.
- Automotive Skill Development Program. This program offers facilities, equipment, technical instruction, skilled assistance, and problem-solving services to provide patrons with opportunities for skill development and self-directed recreation. Skilled and knowledgeable instructors guide patrons through automotive repairs and specialized techniques for using and handling specific tools and machines. Patrons can use the basic shop and equipment and tools to work independently of the staff instructors, or work with the instructors individually or through formal classes on basic and advanced repair techniques.
- Funding. Individual skill development programs are classified as community support programs (Category B) and are funded through a combination of appropriated funds (APF) and nonappropriated funds (NAF), but are primarily funded through APF. If retail outlets exist at any of these activities or programs, these services are classified as revenue generating programs (Category C) and are funded predominantly through NAF.
Unlimited use of MWR programs and services is authorized to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members and their families, armed forces retirees and their families, former and/or surviving spouses and family members, and DoD civilians and their families when stationed outside the United States. Based on local demand and capacity, installation commanders may grant use of MWR programs and services to DoD civilians and their families inside the United States, contract personnel, other federal employees, guests, and members of the public.
These programs are available worldwide on military installations.