Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Morale, Welfare and Recreation, abbreviated MWR, is a network of support and leisure services (see AAFES) designed for use by U.S. soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees, veterans with 100 percent service-connected disability and other eligible participants.
Roughly 70% of Army & Air Force Exchange Service earnings are paid to MWR programs. In the last ten years, more than $2.24 billion has been contributed by the Exchange to the Army and Air Force to spend on quality of life improvements for Soldiers, Airmen and their families.
Each branch of the United States Armed Forces has a branch of MWR. MWR provides free and discounted recreation to military personnel and their families. Although the facilities provided vary from base to base, the types of services, facilities and programs provided can include fitness centers, pools, marinas, bowling centers, golf courses, restaurants, conference centers, catering, programs for single sailors with special events, access to internet, movies and video games. As of 2009, MWR is known as FMWR - Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. FMWR also offers accredited family child care and youth and school aged services at many installations.
The United States Army's Family and MWR Programs is a military organization whose primary mission is to provide the United States Army with programs that fulfill and support the Army Family Covenant. The organization strives to provide soldiers and their families with "the same quality of life afforded the society they protect."
As of April 2015, the largest Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility for the Army was the Warrior Zone located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
The United States Navy has MWR in most areas where there are Navy personnel stationed in the United States, internationally, and in the fleet. Many of their programs are operated by "non-appropriated funds," or by the proceeds that they earn rather than by tax dollars.
- Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command 2009 Annual Report
- United States Army, Command Structure, FMWRC
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