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 includes the following programs:  

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?  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.  MWR deployed civilian employees work closely with deployed Soldiers and support gyms, recreation centers, cyber café’s and other morale-boosting activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In -Theater Recreation Survey on the importance of MWR activities identified the top three impacts as: Helping you relax (97.7 percent), providing fun/entertainment (97.3 percent), and improving your morale (96.5 percent).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?  Continuing to advance MWR, the following are new and improved initiatives: Benefits of Army Recreation is a newly developed system used in measuring the impact of Army Recreation service-wide.  The system contains measurement tools that document the impact and contribution of recreation programs to mission.  The Recreation Accreditation process ensures a high level of accountability throughout recreation and provides a benchmark against municipal recreation programs.  The Warrior Adventure Quest program is designed to support needs identified by the returning Soldiers for high adventure activities.  The program focuses on outdoor activities that create high adrenaline experiences.  The General Libraries Information System is a web based service that reaches out from the library building to the Soldier in the barracks at home or deployed.  It provides access to library services such as the library catalog, books & magazines online. 

Why is this important to the Army?  Given the current dynamic situation and constrained resources as we prosecute the Global War on Terror, MWR strives to provide efficient and effective programs through innovative customer focused activities, partnerships, and better utilization of existing resources.  MWR goes where the Soldier goes, too, offering morale building and recreational activities at home and down-range.