The U.S. military’s MWR programs (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) were built around a simple premise: supporting readiness and resilience for service members and their families through a variety of recreational and leisure activities. MWR provides a long list of services, offers up facilities and equipment, and has great deals on off-base activities in the realms of entertainment, rest, and relaxation.
Each branch has its own MWR programs, and while there may be differences in their organizational structure, the goal is the same throughout: having a good time when you’re off duty, so you can recharge your batteries without breaking the bank. If you want to make the most of your time on leave, your local MWR staff can help.
Depending on where you’re stationed, MWR supports a number of on-base facilities and activities. Here’s a list of just some of the ways MWR supports on-base recreation:
- Swimming Pools
- Bowling Alleys
- Gold Courses
- Rec Centers
- Hiking and biking trails
- Auto Skills Centers
- Movie theaters
- Outdoor and Recreational Rental Centers
But sometimes you just need to get away from it all, and the MWR Program can help you do that too. If you’re after off-base recreation, MWR supports many Information, Tickets, and Travel offices that can get you great deals on all sorts of adventures. Looking to book a stay in a luxury resort or a hotel inside your favorite theme park? Planning a camping trip in one of America’s national parks? Maybe a tour of the best museums in your area? MWR can help you do all that and more–at a reduced price or totally free of charge!
The Army’s MWR Program offers support for all kinds of entertainment, hobbies, and passions. Whether you want to get into working on cars or you’re training to compete in the next Olympics, the Army’s G9 MWR offices can help.
The Marine Corps’ MWR Programs are run by the Marine Corps Community Services, and they also offer a wide variety of options. You can go on a shopping spree, start prepping for the Marine Corps marathon, or just take in a movie — all without breaking the bank.
The Navy’s MWR Programs can help you learn how to fly a plane, give you a place to dock your boat, or help you plan (and save) for your next vacation.
The Air Force’s MWR Programs can help you get ready for the best camping trip of your life, give your kids something to do through their summer break, and even holds contests for different kinds of art.
The U.S. military’s MWR programs are there to help service members and their families make the most of their off time, so you can get back to work refreshed and ready for whatever service may throw at you. Check your base’s directory to find out where your local MWR offices are located.
Feature photo by U.S. Marine Cpl. Quavaungh Pointer