Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program is a worldwide system of services and activities that supports active duty soldiers and their families. Keeping our Army ready to fight and win takes more than hard work and training. Soldiers are people too, and like other people, they need a balance between work and play.

Our customers for MWR programs and services are a cross section of America from the youngest children to retirees:
  • Active Duty Soldiers
  • Members of the Reserve Component
  • Civilians and their families in the United States and overseas.
Today’s global network of nearly 34,000 civilian employees operates more than 50 adult and youth recreation programs as well as soldier and family services through approximately 2,000 front doors. Civilian MWR specialists deploy to support soldiers wherever they are called to duty. They served in southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm, and they serve side by side with soldiers in the Balkan countries of Eastern Europe.

MWR employs executive chefs, childcare providers, marketing specialists, financial managers, and golf pros just to name a few of the many positions found at Army installations throughout the world. There are not many occupations that are not encountered within MWR.

A career with MWR has more in common with private industry than just the job titles. It has a very competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental and life insurance and a comprehensive retirement plan. Individual professional development is such a high priority that we have our own training center, the MWR Academy. It provides employees with quality management and customer service training, in support of continuous professional growth and meeting the MWR mission.

Careers in Morale, Welfare and Recreation are challenging and rewarding. In addition to a civilian career that offers opportunities to serve the nation’s soldiers and their families, there’s the chance to travel and work in overseas locations. Wherever America’s Army is stationed, we need dedicated professionals to run MWR programs and facilities.

Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Management Trainee Program

The NAF Management Trainee Program hires college graduates with degrees in certain MWR specialties, i.e. hospitality, hotel/restaurant management, marketing, HR/personnel, and recreation. The trainees are placed at installations within the Continental United States (CONUS) to complete 12 18 months of on-the-job training (OJT) with a trainer/mentor. The training sites are selected based on qualified programs and trainers, and may or may not be in the states that have been identified as the job location. All training sites are made known at the time of a job offer. At the completion of the OJT, trainees update their resumes and compete for permanent placement through our worldwide referral program.

The Management Trainee Program gives opportunities to develop a career in the following disciplines:
  • Food and Beverage (Club) Management
  • Human Resources/Personnel Management
  • Lodging Management
  • Marketing Management

  • Child and Youth Services Management

  • Golf Management
  • Outdoor Recreation Management
Qualification Requirements:
  • College graduate with a degree in the specialty sought (require college transcript)
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.9 or Major GPA 3.5 (on the 4.0 scale)
  • Nationwide Mobility (Continental United States); must be able to relocate to a regional training site, complete the 12-18 months of OJT, and then upon successful completion of training, relocate to a permanent placement location
For more information on the Management Trainee Program, please contact:
George DeGrella, Program Manager
U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center
4700 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302-4407
Fax: 703.681.7349

For additional information please visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Site

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