$34,436: Starting salary for a recent Recreation Specialist job posting with U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico).
$52,252–$67,931: Starting salary range for a recent Recreation Therapist job posting with the Department of Veterans Affairs (Asheville, North Carolina).
$1.9 billion: Amount of Congress- appropriated funds received by Army Family and MWR in FY 2009.
$1.3 billion: Amount of nonappropriated funds (primarily cash register sales of goods and services) received by Army Family and MWR in FY 2009.
21,450: Number of military service members and their family members who took advantage of free YMCA memberships through MWR programs in 2012.
13.2 million: Number of minutes spent reading by youth in military families in 2012 through MWR’s summer reading program.
$40 million: Amount MWR customers saved on leisure-travel products through MWR’s leisure-travel program in 2012.
525: Number of MWR recreation staff who have completed “Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors” training to integrate wounded service members into MWR recreation programs and activities.
474: Number of free MWR Internet cafes in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep families connected.
82 million: Number of minutes of talk time logged by service members and their families using MWR communications devices in FY 2012.
$86: Average cost per service member to participate in Warrior Adventure Quest, a post-deployment program designed to help reacclimate service members to home life following high-adrenaline tours of duty.
Sources: USAJobs.gov (www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/344626400, www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/345113100), 2009 Annual Report: Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (www.armymwr.org/UserFiles/file/AnnualReports/AR_09%20master.pdf), Annual Report to the Congressional Defense Committees on Plans for the Department of Defense for the Support of Military Family Readiness (www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/FY2012_Report_MilitaryFamilyReadinessPrograms.pdf), Warrior Adventure Quest Helps Soldiers Return to Normalcy (www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=51348).