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Boating, Bowling, Golf, Stables, and Special Interest Programs Info Paper


Included under Morale, Welfare and Recreation, programs and services associated with boating and marinas, bowling, golf courses, stables and additional special interest recreational programs provide service members and their families with opportunities to build personal skills and to recreate while at military installations around the world. Most of these programs collect fees from patrons and are classified as revenue generating programs (category C). Revenue generating programs at designated Morale, Welfare and Recreation remote and isolated locations may receive the same type of appropriated funds support as category B programs.

Program Highlights

  • Boating and marinas - Boating programs provide lessons and offer patrons equipment checkout. They are classified as community support programs(category B) and are funded through a combination of appropriated funds and non-appropriated funds, but are primarily funded through appropriated funds. Marinas with boats and equipment owned and operated by Morale, Welfare and Recreation that do not offer private berthing are also classified as category B programs. Marinas with private berthing are classified as category C programs. The operation of a snack bar, restaurant or resale outlet is only authorized as a category C program.
  • Bowling - Bowling programs at bowling centers offer instruction, open play bowling, league bowling and tournaments. Bowling activities at centers with 16 lanes or less are classified as category B programs, and activities at centers with more than 16 lanes are classified as category C programs. The operation of food and beverage or bowling resale activities is authorized only as a category C program.
  • Golf - Golf courses offer open play, tournaments and services such as golf instruction, golf resale, food and beverage. All golf activities are classified as category C programs.
  • Stables - Installation stables provide the opportunity to rent horses for recreational riding, and some installations provide services such as boarding, organized events and competitions. Stables using government-owned or government-leased horses that do not offer boarding are classified as category B programs. Stables that offer boarding of privately-owned horses are classified as category C programs.
  • Special interest recreational programs - These are highly-specialized programs supported by user fees that are designed to appeal to a limited audience. These programs include flying, parachute and sky diving, scuba diving, rod and egun programs.


Unlimited use of Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services is authorized to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve Component service members and their families, armed forces retirees and their families, former and 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 Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services to DoD civilians and their families inside the United States, contract personnel, other federal employees, guests and members of the public.

Program Availability

These programs are available worldwide on military installations.

Additional Information

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