Getting Connected - The Essentials

As you settle in, you’ll want to take advantage of the numerous ways to connect to your new military community and neighbors. That means making friends, doing fun activities during your free time, finding resources to learn hobbies and knowing where to turn when you need help.

Take these steps to get connected:

Learn about all the privileges your military ID brings.

That military ID can unlock fun. Your ID gets you access to your Information, Tickets and Travel office, which helps you live military life to the fullest without emptying your wallet. You’ll get discounts on hotels, car rentals, theme park tickets and vacation packages and score savings on sporting events, brewery tours, movie tickets and more.

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Connect with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

The Department of Defense and the military services’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs provide services and activities for the military community during peacetime, readiness contingencies and deployments. You can connect to all kinds of fun programs and activities, as well as take advantage of its digital library containing lots of "do-it-yourself" manuals and helpful resources. Whether you're looking to work on a small engine or learn about investing, you'll find what you need to get started right here.

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Take advantage of the Personal Financial Management Program and other financial-related assistance.

The military offers many resources to get you financially strong. After all, financial security at home allows service members to be more focused and mission ready.

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Seek free legal help for all kinds of issues.

When legal issues arise, service members have a variety of resources at their fingertips – much of it free. Legal assistance is available whether you need an expert to review a contract, help with estate planning, finalizing deployment-related legal documents, mediating child custody agreements and more. Learn more about your installation's legal assistance office.

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New to the military and trying to get your bearings? Don’t go it alone. The military is a team. When you have questions about ways to connect to your new community or help finding services – financial, legal, personal coaching and consultations on everything from health and wellness to education and relocation – Military OneSource stands ready to help you 24/7.