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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 Uniformed Services Family Health Plan?

Answer:
The Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP) is a TRICARE Prime option that is available to eligible persons- including those who are age 65 and over-who live near selected civilian medical facilities around the country. It is the only TRICARE Prime program that offers benefits to active duty family members and all military retirees and their eligible family members, including those 65 years of age and over, regardless of whether or not they participate in Medicare Part B. The treatment facilities are called "designated providers" (DPs)-formerly known as Uniformed Services Treatment Facilities. Visit the USFHP web site, at http://www.usfhp.com for more information on this plan.

Question:
What is TRICARE?

Answer:
TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s worldwide health care program for active duty and retired uniformed services members and their families. TRICARE Prime is a managed care option. Active Duty personnel must enroll in Prime and are encouraged to enroll their families in it as it offers less out-of-pocket costs than any other TRICARE option. TRICARE Extra is a preferred provider option (PPO) and TRICARE Standard is a fee-for-service option. TRICARE For Life is also available for Medicare-eligible beneficiaries age 65 and over. Visit TRICARE's website for more specific information about each. Note that in order to use TRICARE Prime or Extra, you must live in an area where TRICARE is in operation and a civilian provider network has been established to support the program.

Question:
Where can I find installation-specific information?

Answer:
If you are relocating to a new military community or just anticipating a move, you can find installation-specific information by contacting your local Army Community Service (ACS) center and visit their Relocation Readiness office. Additionally, you can visit the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES), which is an online Dept. of Defense (DoD) resource that provides a wealth of information on military installations throughout the world. You can also visit the specific installation's website. If you don't know where to find it, check with the official Army website at http://www.army.mil/a-z.htm. More specific housing-related information can be found at the Army Housing OneStop website (http://www.onestoparmy.com).

Question:
Where can I learn more about Army acronyms?

Answer:
There are a number of Army associated website (official and unofficial) that provide glossaries with acronyms and what they represent. Army Family Team Building offers a Level 1 class that covers many of the commonly used Army acronyms. This information is available through their program and also on their website.

Question:
Why do I need to carry my military ID card with me when I visit a military community?

Answer:
Access to any military installation is governed by possession of a military ID card, and requests to show the ID card should not be considered an insult or inconvenience.
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