Family & Social Life
Family & Social Life
Life in the Military is different from civilian life, but some things remain the same. Service members get plenty of time off to be a parent, relax with friends, pursue personal interests and discover new ones, too.
Having a Family
The Military understands that family is important. After all, 55 percent of active-duty service members are married, and approximately 36 percent of families with active-duty servicemembers include children. That’s why programs have been developed to address every aspect of family life imaginable. These help strengthen the quality of life for service members and their families and include subjects like:
- Affordable family housing and shopping
- Military spouse education
- Child care and education
- Family health care
- Family advocacy and counseling
- Services for families with special needs
- Family citizenship
- Financial guidance
- Relocation services
A number of affiliated but nonofficial organizations offer programs, services and tools for military families. Visit these sites to learn more:
Enjoying Free Time
Service members work hard but get plenty of time to socialize. Many military bases are loaded with amenities like gyms, movie theaters, parks and more. The Military also works with Armed Forces Entertainment to provide over 600 shows around the world each year, reaching more than 400,000 personnel at 200 military installations. These exciting and exclusive shows often feature musicians, comedians and actors. Additionally, the Services’ Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Programs help service members keep an active social life with activities including:
- Arts and crafts
- Bowling tournaments
- Alpine skiing
- White water rafting
- Bike trails
- Hunting areas
- Paintball fields
- Picnic sites
- Private beaches
- Rent boats
- Organized sports teams
Learn more about recreation in the Military:
Support for Service Members
Whether a service member needs help with relocation, parenting, deployment, education, stress or any aspect of military life, there are several support networks available. And when a service member retires or decides to leave the Military, the support doesn’t stop. Organizations like the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to look out for service members by providing financial assistance, disability compensation, life insurance and home loans. And that’s just to name a few. See the following sites for more information:
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