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Warfighter and Family Services Info Paper


Background

Warfighter and Family Services (WFS) in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR), encompass a variety of programs designed to enhance an individual’s quality of life and increase unit family readiness. These programs assist commanders, service members, and their families in managing the competing demands of the military mission and family. The military Services have the discretion to operate WFS programs as Category A MWR programs.

Key Points

  • Mobility and/or Deployment Assistance.  These programs and support activities help service members and their families manage the challenges of mobilization and deployments before, during, and after they occur.
  • Information and Referral. These programs link individuals with the source(s) and/or resource(s) that are best suited to addressing their needs.
  • Relocation Assistance. These programs provide support, information, preparation, and education for managing the demands of the mobile military life-style through briefings, workshops, sponsorship, and counseling.
  • Personal Financial Management. These programs, conducted by specially trained counselors, provide personal and family financial education, information services, and assistance.
  • Employment Assistance. These programs, conducted by specially trained counselors, help military spouses and other family members find public and private sector employment through workshops, career counseling, self-employment skills, job referrals, and guidance on self-employment in government quarters
  • Family Life Education. These include prevention and enrichment programs for individuals, couples, and families that provide knowledge, social relationship skills, and support throughout the family life cycle by enhancing self-esteem, strengthening interpersonal competencies, and offering educational activities.
  • Crisis Assistance.  This program provides immediate, short-term assistance in response to an acute crisis situation and is designed to initiate actions necessary for restoration of functioning to the pre-crisis level.
  • Volunteer Coordination. This program enhances effective recruitment, reimbursement, training, supervision, recognition, logistical support, and use of volunteers on an installation.

Eligibility

Unlimited use of MWR programs and services is authorized to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members and their families, armed forces retirees and their families, former and/or surviving spouses and family members, and DoD civilians and their families when stationed outside the United States.  Based on local demand and capacity, installation commanders may grant use of MWR programs and services to DoD civilians and their families inside the United States, contract personnel, other federal employees, guests, and members of the public.

Availability

These programs are available worldwide on military installations and online.


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