Within Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the physical fitness, aquatics, and sports programs provide eligible patrons with opportunities to improve physical conditioning and to recreate through organized sporting activities. All physical fitness programs are classified as mission sustaining programs (Category A), supported almost entirely with appropriated funds. Depending on the type of aquatic program and the level of competition for sports programs, these programs can be considered mission sustaining programs (Category A) or community support programs (Category B).
- Physical fitness and aquatic training programs - These programs develop the cardiovascular fitness, strength conditioning and flexibility of military personnel and include swimming programs that are associated with a service member's training, but do not include recreational swimming programs. Physical fitness and aquatic training programs are Category A programs.
- Recreational swimming programs - These programs are not associated with service members' military training and are Category B programs.
- Sports and athletics programs - These are individual and team programs that enhance individual fitness, unit teamwork and readiness. Self-directed, unit-level and intramural-level sports and athletics programs are Category A programs.
- Sports programs above the intramural level - These are competitive sports programs in which the participants or teams represent an installation or a higher level of organization. These programs include inter-service sport competition events sanctioned by the Armed Forces Sports Council as well as participation in national and international sporting events such as the Pan American Games, Conseil International du Sport Militaire and the Olympics. Sports programs above the intramural level are Category B programs.
Unlimited use of Morale, Welfare and Recreation 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 Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services to DoD civilians and their families inside the United States, DoD contract personnel, other federal employees, guests and members of the public.
- These programs are offered worldwide on military installations and through Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outreach for National Guard, reserve, and active duty families assigned to independent duty stations that lack access to the community support programs typically provided on installations.
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