Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs in the Future

Maximizing Soldier Benefits in Times of Austerity

by Edward G. Keating, Peter A. Morrison, Michael Childress


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This report considers the future of Army morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs. Continued budgetary pressures are forcing changes in Army MWR provision. At the same time, times on station for soldiers are increasing, more spouses are working outside the home, and funds for on-post housing are shrinking. All these factors push toward more provision of MWR services by the off-post private sector. The report develops a costing methodology to more accurately compare the costs of different MWR provision methods.

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