Morale Welfare and Recreation
What is it?
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs are designed to improve Soldier readiness by promoting mental and physical fitness, building morale, and increasing self-reliance. MWR programs include the following:
- Sports, Fitness and Aquatics
- Library Services
- Outdoor Recreation
- Recreation Centers
- Arts and Crafts
- Automotive Skills
- Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers
- Leisure Travel
- Branded Restaurants
- Golf Courses
- Bowling Centers
- Military Clubs and Catering Services
- Armed Forces Recreation Centers
- Army Lodging
- Army Recreational Machines
These programs have direct links to readiness and retention, are vital to mission accomplishment, and are an integral part of the non-pay compensation system.
What has Army done?
The MWR programs are ranked in the top ten for importance and use in the Leisure Needs Survey, the Sample Survey of Military Personnel, and the Survey of Army Families. Recreation programs provide critical support to Soldiers deployed in contingency operations. Civilian MWR employees work closely with deployed Soldiers and support physical fitness centers, recreation centers, cyber cafés and other morale-boosting activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. An In-Theater Recreation Survey on the importance of MWR activities identified the three top impacts: helping one relax, providing fun and entertainment, and improving morale.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Recent initiatives to expand and improve MWR include the following:
- Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) developed to support needs identified by returning Soldiers for high adventure programs in particular, activities that create high-adrenaline experiences for Soldiers going through reset – designed to help Soldiers transition to “New Normal” and decrease high-risk behavior
- The General Libraries Information System, a Web-based service that provides online access to library services for the Soldier in the barracks at home or forward-deployed.
- The Bulk Purchase Program for heavy commercial grade fitness equipment standardizes levels of quality, training, preventive maintenance, and lifecycle replacement for fitness equipment while providing predictable levels of service and operational performance for the customer
- Deployment of twelve MWR personnel to plan, develop and deliver sports, fitness and recreation programs to military personnel serving in Iraq.
- Many MWR programs and activities offer discounted or free admission to Families of deployed Soldiers.
- A new Armed Forces Recreation Center has opened on Fort Story, VA,. and will soon be expanded to include conference and resort amenities.
- The Armed Forces Recreational Machine Program is providing phone, internet access, cable television service, and in some cases, laptop computers, to Warriors in Transition staying in Army Lodging or in Billeting supported by the Army Lodging program.
- In support of the “Bringing the Benefit to You” campaign, Family and MWR Command (FMWRC) has provided support and outreach to DeCA On-Site Sales events in Charlotte NC, Fort Pickett VA, Greenville, SC and Chatanooga, TN. Over 75 of these events are scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the country. We view these events as opportunities through Army Integrated Family Support Network to provide outreach and service to our geographically dispersed Soldiers and Families, thus supporting the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army’s commitment to the Army Family Covenant.
Why is this important to the Army?
Despite many constraints attributable to prosecution of the Global War on Terror, MWR programs continue to provide innovative, efficient, and effective customer-focused activities, enabling the Soldier to physically & mentally cope with the stress of prolonged military missions. MWR goes where the Soldier goes, offering morale-building recreational activities at home and down-range. Serving those who serve!
Web site: http://armymwr.com/