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.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Your Source for Affordable Fun
Military life has many demands, so you want to make the most of your free time.
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.
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.
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.
7 Space-A Tips and Tricks for Experienced Military Travelers
The space available travel program, or Space-A, is a great transportation option for service members and immediate family that allows them to fly free or at a reduced cost across the country or world. Even if you’ve taken advantage of this benefit before, here are seven tips – gleaned from the experiences of other military travelers – to help you make the most of the Space-A travel program. A quick review of the basic Space-A travel process
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.
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.
Military Discounts on Recreation and Entertainment
If you’re looking for discounted travel, entertainment and recreation opportunities, consider taking advantage of your military discounts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information, Tickets and Travel: Your Key to Fun
Whether you want to take in a ball game, spend a day at local attractions, or plan a vacation, your local Information, Tickets and Travel, or ITT, office is your key to great deals on recreation and leisure travel.
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.
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.
Blue Star Museums
Museums across America are rolling out the red carpet for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Simply flash your ID and enjoy free access through the Blue Star Museums initiative.
Family Fitness With Young Children
As a parent of young children, your time may not always feel like your own. Despite your best efforts to stay on top of your family's schedule, there's always another mess to clean or mouth to feed.
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.
Travel Benefits for College Students Who Are Military Family Members
Military dependents who are college students may have to consider international travel to get to their families during breaks. And travel can be expensive, especially during the holidays.