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Question:
Are there military campsites I can use?

Answer:
The Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) services operates a number of military RV parks and campsites at installations throughout the United States. You can find information about them by visiting your local MWR Outdoor Recreation office or visit their interactive Outdoor Recreation Website at http://www.pathsacrossamerica.com/. This site lists the location of the available facilities, directions from the nearest major highway, phone numbers, amenities, the number of pads and campsites, and fees. It also lists any cabins, cottages, or duplexes that are available for rent.

Question:
Can I find out about MWR facilities and resources online?

Answer:
Most (if not all) military communities have a website that includes information on the type of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facilities and resources that are available. You can locate your specific community's website by selecting the "A-Z" option on the official Army website (www.army.mil) or go directly to your installation's MWR page by finding your installation from the MWR website at www.armymwr.com.

Question:
How does AAFES benefit the Army's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) system?

Answer:
AAFES provides funds (a percentage of their profits) to the MWR operating budget.

Question:
What are Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) Sites and how can I used them?

Answer:
The Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) resorts are operated by the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center (USACFSC) and located in popular vacation destinations. Service members (all branches), their families, and other members of the Total Defense Force are eligible to stay at these affordable resorts and take advantage of the full range of services that each offer. AFRC room rates are based on rank, pay grade, duty status, and/or room location. Currently, there are four AFRC resorts: Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort, FL; Hale Koa Hotel in Hawaii, Dragon Hill Lodge in Korea, and the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany.

Question:
What installation resources can I use for an unofficial social function (e.g., spouses' coffee, holiday party for our FRG, etc.)?

Answer:
The resources vary from installation to installation and depend on the function and the facility's availability. However, several suggestions to consider are: the unit recreation room, conference rooms in the unit's HQ building, the Family Readiness (or Assistance) Center, chapel facilities, schools, and MWR facilities. In many cases, all you will need is permission from whomever owns or manages the facility.

Question:
What is "Space-A Travel?"

Answer:
Space A travel refers to the relatively free air travel (small fees may apply to cover airport, customs and immigration fees) for authorized personnel (e.g., service members and their dependent family members, retirees, etc.) using Air Mobility Command transportation if "space is available."

Question:
What is the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program?

Answer:
Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) services provide community-building activities and events that allow soldiers (active and reserve), DA civilians, retirees and their families the opportunity to relax, socialize, exercise, learn, and have fun. Services include entertainment, sports, recreation, travel, crafts, and other related activities.

Question:
What is the Non-commissioned Officers' Wives' Club (NCOWC)?

Answer:
The Non-Commissioned Officers' Wives' Club (NCOWC) is a private club whose membership includes the spouses of non-commissioned officers. NCOWCs are usually formed to provide social interaction for its members as well as opportunities to serve the local military community such as fund-raisers to provide scholarships for dependents of military personnel, needed equipment for community youth groups, etc.

Question:
What is the Officers' Wives Club?

Answer:
The Officers' Wives' Club (OWC), sometimes know as the Officers' and Civilian Spouses' Club (OCSC) is a private club whose membership includes the spouses of officers and senior DoD/DA civilian employees, in the case of an OCSC. These clubs are usually formed to provide social interaction for its members as well as opportunities to serve the local military community such as fund-raisers to provide scholarships for dependents of military personnel, needed equipment for community youth groups, etc.

Question:
What kind of MWR facilities are available on post?

Answer:
The type of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facilities available in a military community varies according to the size and location of the post. However, the following is a list of some of the facilities you may find: swimming pools, golf courses, bowling centers, theaters, rod and gun clubs, snack bars, arts and crafts centers, auto crafts centers, gyms, libraries, equestrian facilities, commercial lodging, campgrounds, and outdoor recreation facilities offering activities and equipment for rent such as boats, recreational vehicles, trailers, skis and snowboards, etc.
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