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Recreation – Benefits

As a service member, you may qualify for a number of discounts on fun activities and adventures. Take advantage of the recreation benefits available to you and your family. Have fun, relax and enjoy.

Your military ID

Your military ID is your ticket to discounts on a variety of activities and adventures. Keep your ID handy and current because it allows you to receive special deals on:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Theme park tickets
  • Vacation packages
  • Day trips to nearby cities and attractions
  • Local attractions
  • Sporting events
  • Movie tickets

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program

Your installation’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program offers numerous benefits, so use them every chance you get. You can:

  • Jump into a fitness class
  • Join a sports team
  • Drive and putt around a golf course
  • Participate in outdoor recreation programs
  • Rent outdoor adventure equipment

Contact your installation’s MWR to find out more.

The Information, Tickets and Travel office

For eligible military members, the Information, Tickets and Travel office offers discount ticket sales. You can get deals on everything from rock concerts to sporting events. ITT offices are located on many installations and provide one-stop shopping for savings on:

  • Special events
  • Area attractions
  • Hotel reservations
  • Cruise booking
  • Day trips and tours
  • Lodging
  • Entertainment
  • Destination attraction tickets

ITT personnel are certified travel agents who can give service members:

  • Exclusive offers
  • Personalized service
  • Trip-planning assistance
  • Destination-specific information

Visit the ITT office on your installation to check out the specials. Get your reduced-rate tickets for all military family-friendly attractions for Disney parks, SeaWorld® and more. Or check out your branch’s ITT services at:

You can also visit American Forces TravelSM, the online version of the installation ITT office. More members of the military community are eligible to use American Forces TravelSM than are eligible for ITT services.

Commissary discounts

You don’t need to travel far to have fun. Think about doing some creative cooking or taking a cooking class — shop and connect with your local commissary.

  • Food and household items are sold at cost plus a 5% surcharge.
  • On average, shoppers can save more than 30% compared with shopping in town.
  • You can also find savings of 50% or more during the commissary customer appreciation case lot sales.
  • Save by loading your Commissary Rewards Card with couponspromotions and discount savings.

Military exchanges

Find the equipment you need to stay fit, the latest gadgets and electronic devices and much more by shopping your military exchanges, which provide significant discounts to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Benefits include deep discounts and tax-free shopping on name-brand items, easy pay and returns and a place that can meet all your uniform needs. Check Military OneSource for more information and eligibility.

America the Beautiful passes

The annual America the Beautiful pass is free for service members and their families. This National Park Service pass provides access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. The pass covers entrance fees and standard amenity fees at sites such as:

  • Fish and Wildlife Service locations
  • National Park Service sites
  • United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Reclamation

National Guard, reserve, Coast Guard, dependents of U.S. military members with a DD Form 1173, U.S. military cadets, veterans and gold star family members are also eligible to receive a free annual America the Beautiful military pass.

To receive this benefit, visit a federal recreation site that issues passes. Enjoying National Parks as a Family provides additional information on The America the Beautiful pass and outdoor fun for military families.

Military OneSource health and wellness coaches

Fitness is part of recreation, and everyone could use a coach for motivation. Military OneSource health and wellness coaches stand ready to be your personal cheerleader. They can help you clarify your focus and keep you on course. Health and wellness coaches can help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Eat better
  • Get in shape
  • Manage stress
  • Tackle transitions
  • Celebrate your achievements
  • Prepare you for the unexpected

Call 800-342-9647 or click here for overseas calling options to sign up for health and wellness coaching sessions. You can choose from three Health and Wellness Coaching Program session options: phone, online chat or video.

Off-installation recreation opportunities

You may not need to travel far to check out great off-installation fun. Blue Star Museums allow you to soak up history, science or culture between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day across the country – for free.

Installation Program Directory

Find programs and services at your local installation.