Within Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), the Recreation Centers provide directed and self-directed individual and group recreational activities specifically targeted to the Department of Defense (DoD) community as a whole. The Recreation Centers allow service members, their families, and eligible patrons to participate in a variety of social, competitive, and education activities. The programs offered at the Recreation Centers can be stand-alone, consolidated, and/or integrated to best meet the needs of the community they serve. The funding category of Recreation Center activities varies depending on the targeted audience.
- Service Delivery. The activities offered at installation Recreation Centers vary from installation to installation. Typically, these facilities include activities such as Internet cafes, game rooms with video games, billiards, table games and table tennis, television and movie rooms, music rooms, classrooms, etc.
- Funding. The funding category of Recreation Center activities varies depending on the targeted personnel.
- Category A Recreation Center Activities. Recreation Centers offering activities with special emphasis on military personnel are classified as mission sustaining programs (Category A), supported almost entirely with appropriated funds (APF).
- Category B Recreation Center Activities. Recreation Centers offering activities with special emphasis on service members and their families are classified as community support programs (Category B), funded through a combination of APF and nonappropriated funds (NAF), but are primarily funded through APF.
- Category C Recreation Center Activities. Food and beverage activities offered within a Recreation Center are 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.