Military not keeping some MWR program costs low enough for families, study finds

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A new Government Accountability Office audit says the military is not spending as much as it should on MWR family programs, such as this arts and crafts center.  MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES
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A new Government Accountability Office audit says the military is not spending as much as it should on MWR family programs, such as this arts and crafts center. MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES

Military not keeping some MWR program costs low enough for families, study finds

by: Will Morris | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 10, 2018

A category of Morale, Welfare and Recreation that includes youth programs and outdoor sports is costing military families more because of underfunding by the four branches, the government’s watchdog agency said.

Military officials haven’t evaluated during the past 20 years whether spending targets for the multibillion-dollar MWR program, which encompasses services ranging from day care to vacation lodging and movie theaters, are keeping up with servicemember paychecks, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Wednesday.

“Until DOD comprehensively evaluates the appropriateness of the targets … it cannot be certain that the targets reflect the current operating environment and do not pose undue financial burden on servicemembers,” the report said.

The services generally have met the 85 percent target for spending for Category A programs, which are considered essential to servicemembers’ physical and mental well-being. They include activities that generate little or no revenue, such as weightlifting facilities, parks and military unit programs.

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