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Joining the Military Community


Now that you’ve got the basics of military life covered, it’s time to connect with your new military community. Unlock the discounts your military ID brings, participate in local events and know where to turn for solutions when you’re faced with new challenges.

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See all the ways Military OneSource can help you be mission ready and connect you to your best MilLife. Military OneSource is there, anytime and anywhere you need support.

Learn about all the privileges your military ID brings

Your military ID grants you reduced rates to exclusive recreation services that help you live military life to the fullest without emptying your wallet. Service members and their families get discounts on hotels, car rentals, theme park tickets and vacation packages. Plus, you can score savings on sporting events, brewery tours, movie tickets and more.

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Get the details on military ID cards, who is eligible and how to get one.

Tools & Resources for Accessing Savings With Your Military ID

Connect with your local, morale, welfare and recreation office

The Defense Department 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.

Tools & Resources for Connecting With Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Benefits for Connecting With Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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Find Your local MWR office

Use MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to connect with your local MWR office.

Stretch your take-home pay with free financial guidance and other services

Financial security at home allows all service members to be more focused and mission-ready, which is why the military offers so many free resources and services to help you make the most of your monthly pay.

You can work to cut up your credit cards, afford that car you’ve long had your eye on — or even make a down payment on your first home.

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Service members and their families have access to substantial resources to save money and manage expenses. Learn more about different military pay and compensation benefits and ways to save and protect your family’s financial health.

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See the current pay table and learn about annual pay raises.

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The Defense Department offers a number of financial counseling options to help plan and control your financial future.

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Learn about free financial counseling from Military OneSource. Financial counselors are available to meet in person, by phone or video.

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Use MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to find your local Personal Financial Management program.

Find assistance when you need it most

Emergencies and challenges can appear without warning for anyone. The military community is especially well-equipped to help you handle anything life might throw at you.

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Each service branch has a relief organization to help service members weather financial emergencies.

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The Red Cross has been helping the military community for nearly 140 years. Learn all it has to offer.

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Service members have access to certain free legal benefits. Learn what is available.

Strengthen relationships and get parenting support

Military life carries its own unique challenges, and these can affect the quality of your relationships. Military OneSource provides support to help you strengthen all of your relationships.

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This free program helps new and expectant military parents transition successfully into parenthood and provides a nurturing environment for their children.

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Make your most important relationships even stronger with this free specialty consultation.

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Learn about top resources, services and programs for military families with special needs.

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FAP is a Defense Department program that addresses child abuse and neglect, domestic abuse and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.

Career support for spouses

Frequent moves and other aspects of military life can make it challenging for spouses to pursue or maintain a career. The Defense Department has programs that help military spouses prepare for careers and connect with employers.

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The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership can get spouses career-ready and find a great job.

Get help with PCS moves and deployments

As a service member, you can expect permanent changes of station and deployments to be part of your military life. The Defense Department offers plenty of support for both.

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Get a breakdown of what you need to know about PCS and learn about available relocation resources.

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Create a custom checklist for your move, filled with information about the tasks you need to complete and how to complete them.

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Get comprehensive information about military installations worldwide. Search for programs and services, access information on temporary housing, check-in procedures, schools, surrounding community, contact information and more.

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Find task checklists, resources and articles to help you prepare for all phases of the deployment cycle.

Manage stress

Life is full of challenges. Military life is, too. You have many options — from wellness apps to health and wellness coaching — to help you manage stress. You can even vent to a licensed counselor whenever the stress of military life gets too much, without your commander, unit or family members knowing you reached out.

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De-stress and relax with these audio mindfulness exercises developed specifically for the military community.

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Track, understand and improve your mood with this resilience tool.

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Free health and wellness coaching from Military OneSource can help you reach your goals, whether it’s improving your fitness, eating better or managing stress and life transitions.

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Connect with a professional health and wellness coaching expert through your mobile device.

A range of support for your MilLife

In addition to the information and support offered through your command, you have access to a wide range of services through Military OneSource.

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Military OneSource is your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support to help you reach your goals, overcome challenges and thrive.

I never realized that service members have such a fantastic resource [like Military OneSource] available to them. I will be sure to let all of my subordinate soldiers know about this invaluable resource and will definitely look into your other services.

— Anonymous

Learn about military bases worldwide. Get installation overviews, check-in procedures, housing, neighborhood information, contacts for programs and services, photos and more.

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