International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Improving MWR Program Effectiveness: Consideration of Program Specific Outcomes as well as Military QOL, Commitment, and Retention
Tammy G. Hunt, James B. Hunt, Stacy E. Swift

Each branch of the United States Armed Forces has Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs at its base locations. MWR provides a network of support and leisure services designed for soldiers, families, civilian employees, and military retirees. As these programs have existed for well over a century, the purpose of this paper is to focus on the effectiveness of the programs in terms of participation and program outcome goals. Based on limited studies, MWR programs are related to higher levels of soldier commitment, readiness, and intention to reenlist. We suggest additional research to strengthen these findings and to investigate further the impact of MWR on military families. A case example of one MWR location is presented.

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