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History of Military Recreation Programs

The historical roots of morale, welfare and recreation activities and nonappropriated funds date to the American Revolution.

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Vacation With MWR Recreational Lodging

Military benefits entitle service members and families to stay at MWR recreational lodging around the world. Check out the affordable options and begin your next adventure.

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation – Air Force

Morale, Welfare and Recreation is essential to the resilience to the military community. When well-being is a priority, military families are strong and service members are mission-ready.

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and Eligibility

From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, MWR programs offer something for everyone. Whether you’re stationed on an installation or off, you’ll always have a way to access these offerings to relax, have fun and connect with others.

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Fitness Classes With Morale, Welfare and Recreation

From high-intensity aerobic workouts to relaxing yoga, your installation’s fitness center has classes for everyone, at every level. Classes are available for little or no cost to anyone who can access the gym through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

DOD MWR Libraries joined efforts with the four service branches to provide service members and their families with access to more free, online resources than ever before.

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Coast Guard MWR Program

This page includes information on morale, welfare and recreation for the Coast Guard.

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MWR Programs for the Marines

This page includes information on MWR programs for the Marine Corps.

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MWR Programs for the Navy

This page includes information on morale, welfare and recreation programs for the Navy.

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Indoor Fun Helps Military Families Beat Cabin Fever

There will always be days when cold or rainy weather keep everyone indoors. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to fight cabin fever. Here are 11 tried-and-tested activities that can help children burn off energy, learn basic skills and have a good time.

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10 Outdoor Games Your Children Will Love

Kids love playing outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to go to the park every day. Here are 10 outdoor activities that can help your children burn off energy, learn basic skills and have a good time.

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Understanding MWR funding categories

Funding for Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services is based on three categories: mission sustaining, community support and revenue generating.

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Products and Resources

Resources on this page are designed to assist service providers and leaders as they conduct and promote MWR programs and services. They provide background, highlights, data and other info.

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Best Kept Secrets: Military Campgrounds at a Discount

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program and Military OneSource offer cost-effective ways for military families to enjoy their time off. This includes the Best Kept Secrets: Joint Services Campgrounds and Facilities guide, which will connect you with recreational sites across the country.

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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.

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Defense Department MWR Policy

These resources cover DOD directives, instructions and guidance for MWR. They include policies on fitness, Armed Forces Entertainment, recreational lodging and finances.