Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs

June 1, 2013, Department, by Roxanne Sutton, Danielle Taylor

How MWR's recreation programs contribute to the resiliency and readiness of our armed service members and their families.$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: (,, 2009 Annual Report: Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (, Annual Report to the Congressional Defense Committees on Plans for the Department of Defense for the Support of Military Family Readiness (, Warrior Adventure Quest Helps Soldiers Return to Normalcy (