Recreation, Travel & Shopping
Part of being mission and family ready also includes taking some down time, relaxing, having fun and exploring the world around you. But where do you begin? Consider Military OneSource your connection to leisure and adventure activities on and off the installation, pointing you to destinations and providing information about discounts on travel and fun, from air and car travel to sporting events, day trips, movie tickets and more. Sit back and relax. We’ll direct you toward fun and relaxation.
Commissaries and Exchanges
Love paying sales tax and full price? Right. Who does? Fortunately, you've got a sweet inside deal — the military exchange system, with tax-free shopping and discount goods and services.
Unlock the Savings and Nutrition Inside Your Commissary
It's dinnertime again, and you have plenty of choices. Visit the Defense Commissary Agency's website for tools to whip up something that's equal parts tasty, healthy and convenient.
Never Forget: Visit Our National Memorials Honoring 9/11
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people perished during the single largest terrorist attack in American history. Almost 20 years later, millions of Americans still remember the events of that day. You can honor those who died by taking a journey to one of the three September 11 national memorials.
Plan Your Trip With Space-A Travel
Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights to travel around the country and world at little to no cost. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets.
Enjoying National Parks as a Military Family
There’s something for almost everyone in our national parks. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a sit-and-watch-the-world-roll-by kind of person, there's a national park vacation right for you.
Department of Defense-Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program
Morale, Welfare and Recreation develops all kinds of enrichment programs to support force readiness and military community.
From Audiobooks to Academic Research, the Digital Library Has It
These days, your computer or mobile device gives you easy online access to books anywhere in the world, anytime your curiosity strikes. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library has valuable and easy-to-use databases to help military service members and their families meet their research needs or simply download a book to enjoy.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library
Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library.
Explore the Library
As a service member, you know the importance of developing new skills, and your installation library is a great resource for professional development and learning. There’s so much there beyond books, including resume help, events information and research capabilities.
Vacation First Class Using Military Lodging
You've worked hard and it's time to enjoy a little R&R. Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts or recreational lodging facilities.
Commissary On-Site Sales
A great perk for many military personnel is being able to shop and save on groceries at the commissary. But some National Guard or reserve service members who live far from an installation can't use this discount regularly because of the distance.
How the Status of Forces Agreement Can Affect Your Military Exchange and Commissary Privileges
When you spend time in another country as a service member, the Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, between the United States and your host country protects your legal status as military personnel in another nation.
Vacation With Military Lodging
As a service member, your military benefits entitle you and your family to stay at military lodging around the world. From cottages at the beach to cabins in the mountains, there are plenty of affordable destinations for a great trip. With a little planning, a family vacation is in your sights at an affordable price.
Tips to Get Through a Breakup
If you're dealing with the breakup of a relationship and the demands of military training or deployment, getting through it all may be especially difficult. But despite the pain, it’s a chance to grow and start fresh.
5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Injury and Overtraining
There’s a fine line between waking up to sore muscles that make you feel like you accomplished something in yesterday’s workout and being so sore — or even injured — that you can’t carry out your daily responsibilities.
Avoid Travel Stress and Save Money With a Staycation
Planning a “staycation” provides a relaxing time off work spent discovering your local area and doing the fun things you like to do while avoiding the time, hassle and expense of travel.
Ways to Save Money on Entertainment
You and your family can have plenty of fun on a tight budget. With just a little effort and planning, you can find low-cost and even free fun every week.
Stay Fit and Have Fun
As a service member, it’s your duty to maintain your fitness. Your physical abilities are routinely tested, so keeping your body in top shape is just another part of the job.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and Eligibility
From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has something for everyone. Programs vary by location and whether you're stationed on an installation or off, but you'll always have a way to access these offerings to relax, have fun and connect with others.
Families Who Walk Together Talk Together
Family time is precious to service members and their spouses, so make the most of it by looking beyond phones and screens for simple activities together. Make family time count and try something as simple as going for a walk together. It will pay off in more ways than one.