Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Your Source for Affordable Fun

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Military life has many demands, so morale, welfare and recreation staff want to help you make the most of your free time. MWR is the military’s network of support and leisure programs for service members. On- or off-installation, morale, welfare and recreation provides lots of ways for you to connect with friends and others for entertainment, rest and relaxation — all at reduced or no cost.

R&R on the installation

At military installations around the world, you’ll find a lot to do and enjoy, including:

  • Swimming pools: Cool off and relax with recreational swimming. Sign up for swimming lessons, or join an aquatic fitness class for aerobic, low-impact workouts.
  • Bowling facilities: Get a few friends together for some games or buddy-up by joining a league.
  • Golf courses: From nine holes to full-scale, PGA-quality links, installation golf courses offer fun and fitness at affordable prices. Some locations also offer driving ranges, putting greens and lessons.
  • Recreation centers: Many centers help you connect with family and friends with free Wi-Fi and computer use. Or unwind with billiards, air hockey, foosball, table tennis, Xbox, PlayStations and board games. You’ll also find a large library of movies and big-screen TVs to watch them on.
  • Trails: Morale, welfare and recreation staff can recommend great local trails where you can hike, bike or take a relaxing walk in nature.
  • Auto skills centers: Most installations have Automotive Skills Centers where you can maintain or repair your vehicle. For a minimal fee, you can use work bays, vehicle lifts, and a broad selection of tools. You can also get advice from certified mechanics.
  • Libraries: Check out a bestseller, read a magazine article or study for an upcoming test with library resources. Visit your installation library or log on to your Military OneSource account to access the MWR Digital Library from anywhere in the world.
  • Movie theaters: See the latest movies at prices lower than those at the commercial chains. Now showing: all your favorite genres and some in 3D.
  • Outdoor and recreation rental centers: Need outdoor gear for a few hours or a few days? Rental centers offer campers, canoes and kayaks, canopy tents, tables and chairs, grills, garden equipment and much more.
  • Camping or glamping: Find your Zen at a tent, yurt, cabin, hotel or recreational vehicle campsite in any of the 50 states. Go to the Best Kept Secrets: Joint Services Campgrounds and Facilities guide and search by state to find the rustic or luxury  site that’s right for you.

See what morale, welfare and recreation offers at your own installation.

R&R off the installation

Off-installation adventures start with your installation’s Information, Tickets and Travel office outdoor recreation office. They’ll give you the scoop on sporting events, theme parks, aquariums, zoos, historical sites and other attractions, both near and far. They’re also good for discount tickets and vacation planning services. Or use your MWR benefit online with www.AmericanForcesTravel.com, this is your access to discounted airfare, hotels, car rentals, cruises and event tickets.

Be sure to check out these great off-installation opportunities:

2021 Blue Star Museums

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

  • Lodging at recreational facilities, hotels and resorts around the world. Enjoy a cottage on the beach, a mountaintop retreat or a five-star resort with all the luxuries, both stateside and overseas.
  • America the Beautiful passes offer free access to national parks — go hike, climb, ski, surf, stargaze or relax.
  • Blue Star Museums allow you to soak up history, science or culture across the country — for free.
  • American Forces TravelSM offers military discounts on hotels, flights, rental cars, vacation and cruise packages, event tickets and more.

Veterans Can Save Too

Beginning July 16, 2021, the Department of Defense is expanding online American Forces Travel shopping to include honorably discharged veterans.

Remember, each service branch has its own morale, welfare and recreation program. See what’s in store for you:

Morale, welfare and recreation is your destination for entertainment, rest and relaxation on or off the installation. Visit your local office for more information or call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.

About Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Fun for Your Service Member and Family

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Chances are you have heard of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which provides quality-of-life programming for the military community. But you may not be aware of the breadth and depth of its offerings. From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, MWR has something to engage your service member during their free time.

What is Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Being mission-ready requires having downtime to relax, recharge and have fun. That’s why the U.S. military has long offered services to lift morale among service members. In the 1800s, installations housed retail and social outlets known as “Canteen Associations.” Over time, offerings grew to include restaurants, libraries, gymnasiums and more.

Today MWR offers nearly 5,000 leisure and support programs for service members, their families and other eligible personnel. These free or low-cost recreational opportunities include sports, recreation programs, youth activities, golf courses, bowling centers and more.

Your service member has access to MWR offerings whether they are stationed on an installation or off. Look up the MWR program at your service member’s installation for an overview of offerings.

Who can use MWR services and programs?

The following people have full access to MWR services and programs:

  • Active-duty service members
  • Members of the National Guard and reserves
  • Service academy and Merchant Marine cadets
  • Retired service members and their families
  • Honorably-discharged veterans with a 100% service-connected disability
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Unmarried surviving spouses and orphans of personnel who died on active duty or in retired status, or who were married to the service member for 20 years while they were on active duty
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians stationed outside the United States

MWR recreational programs

Depending on where your service member is stationed, services and activities may include:

  • Bowling alleys, golf courses, boating, horseback riding, scuba diving, flying
  • Classes in auto repair, woodworking, painting, photography, music and more
  • Equipment rental for camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing and more
  • Special programming for single service members ages 18 to 25, including trips, concerts and tours
  • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs – and if your service member isn’t near an installation, more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities offer military memberships.

MWR outings and vacations

Your service member’s military ID is the pass to a range of free and low-cost adventures.

  • Information, Tickets and Travel. This office helps with vacation planning, offers discounted vacation packages and provides low-price tickets to sporting events, concerts and attractions.
  • Military lodging. This program is available to help your service member save money on vacation.
  • America the Beautiful Pass. Active-duty, National Guard and reservists are eligible for a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks.
  • Blue Star Museums. Admission to museums across the country is free for service members and their families between Armed Forces Day in May and Labor Day in September.

The MWR Digital Library

Your service member will find a treasure trove of free resources through the MWR Digital Library. In addition to eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, your service member will find the following and much more:

  • Ancestry Library unlocks the story of your family through billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Kanopy offers a streaming service with more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries.
  • Mango Languages provides a language-learning program for more than 70 different foreign languages.
  • Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses across more than 30 subject areas.
  • Artistworks Music Lessons provides access to hundreds of video lessons for a range of musical instruments.

The MWR Digital Library is packed full of offerings for children and teenagers as well, including:

  • Tutor.com, which gives kids free access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors across more than 100 subjects.
  • ScienceFlix, which offers more than 50 complete units of study with hands-on science projects, videos and interactive features.
  • National Geographic offers issues dating back to 1888. National Geographic Kids and National Geographic: People, Animals, World offers text books, videos, maps and images.

Encourage your service member to visit the MWR Digital Library and browse its extensive offerings.

Your service member works hard. With access to MWR and its many programs and services, relaxing and having fun while off duty is convenient and affordable.

Blue Star Museums

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Museums across America are rolling out the red carpet for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day. Simply flash your ID and enjoy free access through the Blue Star Museums initiative.

2021 Blue Star Museums

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and participating museums. The Blue Star Museums initiative provides even more ways for you and your family to explore your community, spend time together and share adventures.

Be in the know

Here are some helpful things to know about the Blue Star Museums initiative:

  • You’ll be in good company. More than 2 million military families have enjoyed Blue Star Museums since the program launched in 2010. Join their ranks, if you haven’t already.
  • Your ID card is your ticket to the museums. Just show your common access card, or DD Form 1173 or 1173-1 identification card.
  • Your admission is free, so there’s no need to limit yourself. Explore fine art, history, science, children’s museums, arboretums, historical parks, nature centers and more. Find participating museums near you or along your travel route.
  • Your Information, Tickets and Travel office can add to your fun. As you map out your museum visits this summer, check with the office to find additional attractions in your area.
  • You can enjoy a staycation in your new community. If you’re settling into a new duty station, take a break from unpacking and explore. Blue Star Museum visits will help you get to know the place and its people.

Make it a blockbuster summer. See how many Blue Star Museums you can explore. Be sure to take advantage of the other great opportunities your morale, welfare and recreation program offers.

Travel Planning – The Essentials

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You joined the armed forces because you love an adventure, but getting from point A to point B doesn’t happen automatically. Military OneSource is here to point you to resources that can assist you with your travel planning and help you make the most of your excursions, whether you book a cruise in the Caribbean or venture a few miles outside of your neighborhood.

Get started with these ideas:

Consider Space-A travel.

Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights to travel. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets. You can sign up for a Space-A flight through a military terminal up to 60 days in advance.

Note: Effective March 21, 2020, Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-A travel due to COVID-19.

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Take advantage of TSA Precheck®

Service members and their families can take advantage of TSA Precheck to expedite waiting time at the airport when flying commercial. Simply use your Department of Defense ID as your known traveler number. You’ll bypass long security lines without removing your shoes or jacket or having to take your laptop out of your bag.

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Get military discounts through American Forces Travel℠.

Eligible members of the military community can use American Forces Travel℠ to book leisure travel online. The one-stop travel booking site is a joint service initiative that offers discounts on airfare, rental cars, flights, cruises and more. You can use the website to book your next trip, while helping to fund other current and future morale, welfare and recreation programs.

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Save money with a staycation.

A staycation is a vacation where you discover your local area while avoiding the time, hassle and expense of travel. Consider these benefits: sleeping in your own bed, not needing to pack and spending your money on fun activities in your own community. Your MWR program can help you find the best local activities.

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Travel benefits for college students.

Military family members enrolled in colleges away from an active-duty parent’s OCONUS duty station are eligible for travel benefits. The government will pay for one round trip each fiscal year for college students if they meet certain requirements. This travel benefit must be authorized through the service member’s command and be completed through the military travel office.

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Information, Tickets and Travel: Your Key to Fun

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Whether you want to take in a socially distanced ball game, spend a day at local attractions or plan a vacation, your local Information, Tickets and Travel office is your key to great deals on recreation and travel. Keep in mind, with coronavirus disease 2019 safety guidelines in place around the world, your best bet is to check with your local ITT office for:

  • Updated safety measures you must follow
  • Cancellations that could affect your event
  • Important news before you purchase tickets or book a vacation

What you can get through ITT

Your military ID provides access to the following discounts and savings through ITT:

  • Tickets for local attractions like sporting events, concerts, zoos, museums, historical sites and movies
  • Destination tickets, including theme parks and national parks
  • Day trips and tours to nearby cities
  • Vacation packages, including cruises and resorts
  • Leisure travel services

Why you should use ITT

  • Military discounts
  • Exclusive offers for service members
  • No service fees
  • Trip-planning assistance

Many Information, Tickets and Travel personnel are certified travel agents. They can save you time and money by figuring out the details for your trip. Whether you’re destined for Las Vegas or Walt Disney World® Resort, our staff can get you there at the best rate. And be sure to ask about these special programs:

2021 Blue Star Museums

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

  • Lodging on installations, through recreational facilities and at first-class resorts and nongovernment-owned hotels
  • America the Beautiful passes offer free access to national parks — go hike, climb, ski, surf, stargaze or relax
  • Blue Star Museums allow you to soak up history, science or culture across the country — for free

Who is eligible for ITT services

  • Active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members
  • Retired service members
  • Family of service members
  • Department of Defense civilians
  • Nonappropriated Fund personnel

Turn your bucket list adventures or relaxation into next weekend’s to-do list. Contact your Information, Tickets and Travel office for deals to make it happen.

Book online now through American Forces Travel℠

American Forces Travel℠ expands ITT services through an ecommerce website, making them available 24/7. Access travel and vacation discounts online through the service provider, Priceline Group Inc. Military discounts on concerts, theater, sporting events and more are also available.

Through AFT, you can:

  • Plan your trip, whether you are traveling in the United States or overseas.
  • Stay at hotels all over the world and book cruises and vacation packages, with deep discounts.
  • Secure tickets to major events, even if they are sold out, through the AFT Secondary Ticket Marketplace, with no extra fees tacked on.

By booking your next trip or event through AFT, you’ll save money and morale, welfare and recreation will receive a commission. You’ll be funding the programs you enjoy on your installation by taking a vacation or enjoying a concert!

Note the changes due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, travel product inventory has been reduced. Refer to the following for the most current information on AFT products:

Cruises

Hotels, flights, rental cars and packages

Event tickets

Get Military Discounts on Local Entertainment With American Forces Travel℠

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Members of the military community already use American Forces Travel℠ to save money when booking leisure travel. But now you can also use the website to score discounts on great entertainment right in your own community.

Due to COVID-19:

Many events have been canceled or postponed. Please continue to check the Events page to learn the most up-to-date information on events of interest until further notice.

Concerts, theater, sporting events and more – the American Forces Travel℠ Secondary Ticket Marketplace offers military discounts on more than 200,000 bookable events across the country. These resale tickets are provided through reputable and established companies, so you can buy with confidence. You also get these perks:

  • No membership fees
  • No service charges
  • No shipping fees
  • Moneyback guarantee (restrictions apply)
  • Post-purchase support through the American Forces Travel℠ call center, open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., EST

Plus, morale, welfare and recreation programs around the world receive a commission on everything you book through American Forces Travel℠. That funding helps pay for services you use, like outdoor recreation, pools, parks and workshops on your installation.

To use the Secondary Ticket Marketplace, click the “Event Tickets” tab on the American Forces Travel℠ website. First-time users will be asked to verify their eligibility with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Report System database.

Anyone who can use MWR programs and services can also use American Forces Travel℠. For a full list of eligible patrons, click “Who Is Eligible” on the American Forces Travel℠ webpage.

Military discounts on travel, hotels, rental cars, flights and more

In addition to event tickets, American Forces Travel℠ lets service members and their families book their leisure travel and vacations online, and at a discount:

  • Flights inside and outside the U.S.
  • Hotels all around the world
  • Rental cars
  • Cruises and vacation packages

Military travelers booking through American Forces Travel℠ enjoy lower booking fees, have a best price guarantee, and get deals on prepaid car rental rates. American Forces Travel℠ is a joint service initiative, and provides leisure travel discounts through its service provider, Priceline Group Inc.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

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Current as of Nov. 30, 2020


Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the morale, welfare and recreation Digital Library. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and help with their homework, or prepare you to land your next job.

The MWR Digital Library is a free resource for service members and their families. Just log in to your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started.

Note that the list provided here includes just some of the resources available. The categories are guidelines only. Many of the resources can be useful or entertaining across age groups.

For children

The digital library offers online resources that can help children learn to read and keep their grades up, research topics for writing assignments or just find a great story for a long afternoon.

  • BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • Explora Primary features a database of colorful and fun resources designed to help children in grades K-5 learn about animals, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports.
  • Gale in Context: Elementary introduces elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Middle School provides reference content to help students complete assignments in literature, science, social studies and history. Offerings include videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic Kids provides reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus offers recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping them find books that are appropriate for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers and librarians can also find tools to use to engage young readers.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types and interactive features.
  • Tutor.com for military children gives kids free access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors across more than 100 subjects. Tutors can help with a homework assignment or catch your child up on missed concepts and lessons.
  • World Book Online offers a collection of resources for all ages and reading levels. Explore content to engage and excite all minds, from prereaders to advanced researchers.

NOTE: Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy has temporarily expanded program eligibility to Tutor.com beyond Department of Defense Education Activity students and active-duty children to ease academic disruptions due to coronavirus disease 2019. Please visit the site for additional information on eligibility and tutoring support.

For teens

Teenagers can also take advantage of the library through a wide variety of resources.

  • Britannica Annals of American History offers a rich and varied history of the United States, providing a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.
  • Britannica Image Quest brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with more than three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Britannica Online Academic allows fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • EBSCO Learning Express Test Prep provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles to help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ACT, SAT and GRE.
  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through ebooks with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.
  • National Geographic Kids offers reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos and interactive features.
  • TrueFlix offers dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, helping students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness.

For adults

For adults looking to advance their education or career, there are even more resources available through the digital library.

  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family through billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Consumer Reports helps you find the best deals, ratings and reviews on thousands of popular consumer items from one of the most respected sources.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers downloads on more than 2,000 audiobooks across different subjects and categories. Log in with your EBSCOhost account (software download required).
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in areas such as fiction, history, health and medicine, self-help, business, economics and law.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content that brings to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Freegal Music provides access to 15 million songs. Download up to five songs or videos per week. No software installation required. Compatible with most media players.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia offers a vast reference library with full articles covering thousands of topics. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Academic OneFile includes articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources, with extensive coverage in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Business Entrepreneurship shows you how to plan, fund, start or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Chilton Automotive Maintenance Library offers the most authoritative car repair information available, including thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale General OneFile provides a broad collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video in support of general interest research and exploration.
  • Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works and multimedia covering a full range of health-related issues from current diseases and disorders to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Biography includes more than 600,000 biographical entries covering figures from all time periods and areas of study. Reference content is offered alongside videos, audio selections, images and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers. This resource is continuously updated. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of state-specific and multistate forms across the most popular legal areas ─ including real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce and landlord tenant. It also includes a state directory of attorneys and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Military and Intelligence provides military personnel access to scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library contains hand-selected content supporting subject areas such as governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war and the structure of the armed forces. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Small Business Builder helps readers interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofit groups. Compiled for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • GreenFILE contains well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides creative ideas and detailed how-to instruction on a wide range of hobbies, including ones involving performing arts, science experiments model building and arts and crafts.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center includes tips and tricks on how to fix a leaky faucet, install a new fan or plan your outdoor projects. The user-friendly database offers full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime using any device. To set up an account, click Add Your Library Card and enter the username dod and password dod11978. Set up your own profile from there.
  • Library, Information, Science and Technology Abstracts includes references on librarianship, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management.
  • Magazines allows you to read or download a wide assortment of popular news and special interest digital magazines on your PC, smartphone or laptop. Use the access key MOSDOD to create your account.
  • Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday conversation.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center offers information on stocks and mutual funds. Visit the Investment Classroom to hone your investing skills and explore dozens of articles and videos about the stock market.
  • National Geographic Archive (1888-1994) provides comprehensive, timely articles and photos documenting life on our planet and beyond. Includes more than 100 years of history told through articles on culture, global events, nature, science, technology, the environment and gripping first-person accounts of exploration and discovery.
  • National Geographic Current (1995-present) includes every article of National Geographic magazine since in the mid-1990s. Search the vivid photographs and historic articles as well as engaging videos and detailed maps.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList Plus is a trusted source for expert reading recommendations covering fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) offers access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to about 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Readers can browse articles, photos, advertisements, classifieds and notices in full color.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers hundreds of reference books with original photos and illustrations of engines including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, tractors and generators.
  • Teachables provides access to more than 15,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support instruction. Download activities for pre-K to sixth-grade subjects including math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports and skills sheets.
  • Teacher Reference Center has indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Universal Class provides lifelong learning courses across more than 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units. More than 500 courses are available, designed and led by professional instructors. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.
  • Wall Street Journal provides coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports and health. It’s available in print, online and through mobile apps and includes breaking news streams, interactive features, videos and blogs.
  • Weiss Financial Ratings offers access to financial literacy tools on retirement planning, home and mortgage, insurance strategies and saving for your child’s education.

The MWR Digital Library is an incredible free resource for service members and their families. Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started and enjoy browsing.

Military Discounts on Recreation and Entertainment

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If you’re looking for discounted travel, entertainment and recreation opportunities, consider taking advantage of your military discounts. Your military ID is your ticket to military resorts, discount flights, vacation packages, and more opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Access fun with Information, Tickets and Travel

Your installation’s Information, Tickets and Travel office, sometimes referred to as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is where you’ll find discounted recreation for you and your family.

To take advantage of recreation and leisure travel, you’ll need to provide proof of Department of Defense affiliation—a military ID or a leave and earning statements. Once you’ve provided proof, you and your family can begin to receive military discounts on the following:

  • Local attraction tickets
  • Destination attraction tickets
  • Concerts and sporting events
  • Day trips and tours
  • Cruises
  • Rental cars
  • Flights
  • Lodging
  • Leisure travel services

You can also take advantage of exclusive offers available only to service members and avoid extra fees like tax or facility fees. Your installation’s website may also feature a price list that allows you to browse available attractions, events and destinations and compare prices.

Find military lodging and resorts around the world

Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts. These facilities provide a selection of affordable, safe and fun places to vacation, but keep in mind your status will usually determine when and how your reservation can be made. The type of facilities available are:

  • Installation lodging: Located mostly on military installations, these facilities are generally designed for service members traveling on official business or families with permanent change of station orders.
  • Recreation facilities: For families interested in short or long getaways, these facilities offer lodging, rental equipment, tours and other activities at an economical rate.
  • Resorts: Military resorts are located in popular vacation destinations such as Disney World® and Hawaii, and in areas with a large military presence, such as Japan, Korea and Germany.
    • You can usually make reservations, but you should plan ahead for travel during peak periods.
    • Rates will be based on rank and duty status, but are generally lower than comparable civilian lodging.
  • Nongovernment-owned hotels: Managed by private nonprofit organizations, hotels such as Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco or Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club in New York serve active-duty and former service members.

Planning your getaway

You should research military lodging in the area you want to visit, as well as the amenities and reservation policies. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Find the best time to go: If you plan on visiting a resort during peak vacation period, such as summer time, be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some lodging facilities prioritize reservations by branch of service, duty station or status.
  • Use military lodging and service branch websites:
  • Take advantage of leisure services: Many facilities offer services such as restaurants, boat rentals, ski equipment rental, area tours and discount tickets to area attractions. Before making your reservations, be sure to inquire about available services and if they require advance reservations.

If you need travel inspiration or help finding military discounts, you can call Military OneSource and speak with one of our consultants at 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

Take Command of Your Well-Being With a Health and Wellness Coach

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Losing weight, managing stress, tackling transitions — if you’re ready to make some life changes, free consultations with Military OneSource health and wellness coaches can help you set goals and create a plan to reach them.

You can be more successful in reaching your maximum potential when you have a coach cheering you on. Military OneSource health and wellness coaches stand ready to be your personal cheerleader.

How can a health and wellness coach help me improve my life?

Having a health coach in your corner helps you make a plan, focus on results and reach your goals. The top five ways a wellness coach can improve your life are by helping to:

  1. Clarify your focus (identify your beliefs, values and vision, and goals)
  2. Set you up for success (create an action plan to achieve your goals)
  3. Prepare you for the unexpected (eliminate roadblocks or barriers that stand in the way)
  4. Keep you on course (hold you accountable for your goals)
  5. Celebrate your achievements (acknowledge your hard work when you reach your goal)

What topics and goals do health and wellness coaches support?

Health and wellness coaches provide information, support, encouragement and accountability on specific topics including:

  • Weight management
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Health condition management
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions

Contact Military OneSource 24/7.

You can get personalized help 365 days a year by telephone and online.

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How can a coach help with life transitions?

Having a plan can sometimes make major adjustments and life changes easier. A Military OneSource health and wellness coach can help you make a plan before or during those life transitions when you’re adapting to changes such as deployment, moving, becoming a new parent or retirement.

Who’s eligible for health and wellness coaching?

The Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coaching Program is a free resource for eligible service members (regardless of activation status) and certain others including:

  • Active duty
  • National Guard
  • Reserve members
  • Immediate family members and survivors of active-duty, National Guard and reserve members

How do I get started with a health coach?

Call 800-342-9647 to sign up for health and wellness coaching sessions. You can choose from three Health and Wellness Coaching Program session options:

  • Phone
  • Secure, real-time online chat
  • Secure, real-time video session

Are there self-directed wellness programs available?

If you prefer to work without a coach, visit the United States Department of Agriculture MyPlate Plan to try a self-directed online program that tracks things like nutrition and exercise.

You’re one call away from starting to live a healthier life. Call today for the information, support, encouragement and accountability a Military OneSource health and wellness coach can give you.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and Eligibility

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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, you’ll always have a way to access these offerings to relax, have fun and connect with others.

  • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs: Hit the gym, try yoga, swim laps at the pool or join an organized sport. If you aren’t near an installation gym, work out at any of the more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities that offer military memberships to those who are eligible.
  • Boating programs, bowling centers, golf courses, stables and special interest recreation programs: Now’s the time to try something new. Get a great deal on a boat rental, horseback riding or another special interest program, like scuba diving or flying. Get a group of friends together for a night of bowling or an affordable round of golf.
  • Individual skills development programs: Get in touch with your creative side with arts and crafts, check out a program at a performing arts center, or learn some handy automotive skills while working on your car.
  • Libraries: Check out a bestseller, read a magazine article or study for an upcoming test with library resources. Visit your installation library or log in to your Military OneSource account to access the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library from anywhere in the world. Download select titles to your smartphone or tablet or get an audiobook for your next road trip.
  • Information, Tickets and Travel: Get tickets to a movie or an amusement park at a reduced rate or ask an Information, Tickets and Travel employee for help planning your next vacation, from airfare to resort reservations. Use your discounts to see sporting events or go to a concert you’ve wanted to see.
  • Recreational lodging: Rent a beach cabana, find the perfect ski chalet or take your family members camping — all at significant savings.
  • Outdoor recreation programs: Whether it’s mountain biking, paintballing or hunting, your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program can help you get out there. Rent a tent and sleep under the stars, or rent a few coolers, tables and chairs and host a backyard BBQ (equipment rental varies by location). If there’s not an installation near you, consider checking out the no-cost annual pass offered by the National Park Service that provides you with access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
  • Recreation centers: Get your video game fix with a tournament against your friends, watch the big game with good company or just take advantage of free Wi-Fi at your local rec center.
  • Single service member programs: Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs offer a variety of single service member programs that support singles ages 18 to 25 with sports, trips and tours, concerts, holiday and special event activities and much more.

For more information about your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

Eligibility

Now that you’re ready to have some fun, here’s some information on how to make it happen:

Unlimited use: The following persons and their immediate families generally have unlimited access to all Morale, Welfare and Recreation services and programs.

  • Service members on active duty
  • Members of the Reserve Components (Ready Reserve, National Guard and reservists in training)
  • Cadets of the service academies and Merchant Marine cadets
  • Retired service members and their family members
  • Honorably-discharged veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Unmarried surviving spouses and orphans of personnel who died on active duty or in retired status, or who were married to the service member for 20 years while they were on active duty
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians stationed outside the United States

Limited use: The installation commander establishes limited use eligibility requirements that are subject to local demand and capacity. Here’s a list of the groups who may have limited access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services based on local installation policy:

  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians and their families stationed inside the United States
  • Retired Department of Defense civilians and their families
  • Department of Defense contract personnel and technical representatives when working full time on the installation
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets when participating in field training or practice cruises
  • Former prisoners of war or those missing in action, along with their family members
  • Military Housing Privatization Initiative employees and residents, and privatized Army lodging employees
  • Foreign national employees
  • Guests and members of the public (when established criteria have been met)

For more information on limited use eligibility, check with your installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.