Eligible MWR Patrons and Identification
Army Regulation 215-1 “Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs” outlines individuals eligible to use MWR facilities, programs and services.
These eligible patrons include:
- All Active-Duty Service Members & their Family members*
- All Reservists & their Family members*
- All National Guard Service Members & their Family members*
- U.S. DoD APF/NAF civilian employees (includes AAFES) and Coast Guard civilians and retired DoD and Coast Guard civilians & their Family members*
- Department of Defense Civilian Employees & their Family members*
- DOD Contract Personnel
Anyone using an MWR service or facility must show proper identification as proof of eligibility.
While Family members of Military Personnel are automatically issued dependent ID cards, the Family members of civilian employees are not automatically issued an Army Civilian ID Card.
In order for a Department of the Army civilian dependent to use an MWR facility or service, they must show proof of eligibility. APG’s Memorandum of Instruction 14-55 states that DA civilian dependents may be issued a civilian ID card (DA Form 1602) for use of MWR facilities.
The form can be found at: https://www.apg.army.mil/InstallationSupport/CAC. The DA civilian, or sponsor, then must request a civilian ID for their dependent(s) through their assigned organization.
*Family member - Includes the following definitions (AR 215–1):
- Spouse of a sponsor.
- Unremarried widow or widower of a member or former member of a uniformed service.
- Unmarried child of a sponsor, including an adopted child, stepchild, foster child, or ward, who either—
- Has not passed his/her 21st birthday.
- Is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical incapacity that existed before that birthday and is (or
was at the time of the member’s or former member’s death) in fact dependent on the sponsor for over one-half of his/
- Has not passed his/her 23rd birthday, is enrolled in a full-time course of study in an institution of higher learning
approved by a Secretary of an executive department specified in 10 USC Section 1073, and is (or was at the time of
the member’s or former member’s death) in fact dependent on the sponsor for over one-half of his/her support.
- Parent or parent-in-law of a sponsor who is (or was at the time of the member’s or former member’s death) in
fact dependent on the sponsor for one-half of his/her support and residing in the sponsor’s household.
NOTE: Each facility and service has individual policies for guests.