New to the Military – Resources
You're learning to navigate the new world of the military, and that takes knowledge and resilience. At Military OneSource, we're here to support your military career with the tools you need to be a successful member of the armed forces.
Websites and mobile tools
Through Military OneSource, you also have access to these online training and mobile solutions:
- CoachHub: Kick stress to the curb with a personal online coach. Partner with a coach to manage your stress, set goals and keep them on track with online support.
- Love Every Day: Connect in a fun and meaningful way with your partner every day for 21 days to rekindle and strengthen your relationship.
- MoodHacker: It's a mobile, self-management tool that helps you track, understand and improve your mood.
- MilitaryINSTALLATIONS: Your official Department of Defense source for installation and state resources available to active duty, guard and reserve service and family members.
- Plan My Deployment: This website can take some of the stress out of deployment or mobilization, through access to information and resources, as well as a task list for those preparing for a deployment.
Recreation and travel
Your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program offers lots of ways to relax, have fun and connect with others.
Fitness, aquatics and sports programs — Hit the gym, fine-tune your best downward dog yoga pose or swim laps at the pool. Or release some of your competitive energy and represent your unit or service branch in an organized sport. If you aren't near an installation gym, no worries — get your sweat on at any of the more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities that offer military memberships to those who are eligible.
Boating programs, bowling centers, golf courses, stables and special interest recreation programs — Now's the time to try something new. Get a great deal on a boat rental, horseback riding or another special interest program like scuba diving or flying. Get a group of friends together for a night of bowling or a round of golf — typically at a lower cost than similar activities in the civilian community.
Individual skills development programs — Get in touch with your creative side with arts and crafts, check out a program at a performing arts center, or learn some handy automotive skills and get down and dirty while working on your car.
Libraries — Check out a best-seller, read a magazine article or study for an upcoming test with library resources. Visit your installation library or log in to your Military OneSource account to access the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library from anywhere in the world. Download select titles to your smartphone or tablet, get an audiobook for your next road trip or brush up on your math skills.
Information, Tickets and Travel —Information, Tickets and Travel is a travel resource designed to help you access all sorts of fun opportunities. Get tickets to a movie or an amusement park at a reduced rate or ask an Information, Tickets and Travel employee for help planning your next vacation, from airfare to resort reservations. Use your discounts to see sporting events or go to a concert you've been anxious to see — all without breaking the bank.
Recreational lodging — Break out the selfie stick because recreational lodging opportunities will have you snapping a lot of pictures on your next vacation. Rent a beach cabana, find the perfect ski chalet or take your family members camping — all at significant savings.
Outdoor recreation programs — Even if you don't consider yourself the outdoorsy type, there's so much you can try. Whether it's mountain biking, paintballing or hunting, your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program can help you get out there. Rent a tent and sleep under the stars, or rent a few coolers, tables and chairs and host a backyard BBQ (equipment rental varies by location). If there's not an installation near you, consider checking out the no-cost annual pass offered by the National Park Service that provides you with access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Yosemite, anyone?
Recreation centers — Get your video game fix with a tournament against your friends, watch the big game with good company or just take advantage of free Wi-Fi at your local rec center.
Single service member programs — Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs offer a variety of single service member programs that support singles ages 18 to 25 with sports, trips and tours, concerts, holiday and special event activities and much more.
For more information about your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.