U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan | Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR)
December 20, 2013
Army FMWR is a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers (Active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants. FMWR employees in Korea strive to deliver the highest quality programs and services at each installation -- from family, child and youth programs to recreation, sports, entertainment, and leisure activities.
FMWR contributes to the Army's strength and readiness by offering services that reduce stress, build skills, and self-confidence and foster strong espirit-de-corps.
FMWR in Korea was a subset of The U.S. Army Family and MWR Command (FMWRC), the Army's headquarters for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs since November 1984.
FMWR now falls under Installation Management Command (IMCOM) as an integral member in providing key services to the Army community.
History of FMWR
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) in history started on the battlefields of World War I, where behind the lines, Salvation Army sisters and Red Cross volunteers ministered to the needs of Soldiers as the forerunners of today's morale, welfare and recreation specialists. After the war was over, funding stopped and morale programs were mothballed. It wasn't until July 1940 that the Morale Division - later named Special Services - was established within the Adjutant General's Office.
Between 1946 and 1955, the core recreation programs were established and staffed by a combination of active duty military and civilians. Until the mid - 1980s, active duty enlisted Soldiers and officers held military occupational specialties in Special Services and were assigned at every level of command. As those occupational specialties were discontinued, civilians continued to operate MWR programs with military oversight.
Special Services underwent much reorganization and had many names before coming to its present configuration as morale, welfare and recreation.