MILITARY

YMCA Membership Initiatives for Military Families

For questions or to register for this membership, contact Sara.Matchison@LakotaYMCA.com to set up your appointment.

The Armed Services YMCA is proud to work with the Department of Defense to offer the Military Outreach Initiative. The Military Outreach Initiative offers gym memberships and respite child care services for qualified military members and families nationwide. Through this initiative, military members and families receive access to vital resources that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

  • The initiative has provided more than 87,000 YMCA memberships and nearly 43,000 private fitness memberships to military families
  • More than 164,000 military children have benefited from this initiative
  • More than 1,700 YMCAs and nearly 2,500 private fitness facilities support this initiative

For issues or concerns regarding the DoD Military Outreach Initiative please call Don Kandel, Chief Financial & Administration Officer at (703) 455-3986 x208.

Category 1: Active Duty Independent Duty Personnel

  • I am assigned to a Service-designated Independent Duty Station that is not at or near a free or Service-provided fitness facility; AND
  • I require a single-person membership or my family resides with me and I require a family membership. Only one membership type (single or family) authorized.

Category 2: Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Active Duty

  • Sponsor is deployed or on “unaccompanied tour” orders that require the member to reside at an assigned duty location and restricts the spouse/family from accompanying the member; AND
  • Sponsor’s family resides at a Service-designated independent duty station or in an area that is not at or near a free or Service-provided fitness facility.

Category 3: Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Joint Deployed Guard and Reserve

  • Sponsor is on deployment orders that require the member to reside at an assigned duty location that restricts the spouse/family from accompanying the member; AND
  • Sponsor’s family resides at a Service-designated independent duty station or in an area that is not at or near a free or Service-provided fitness facility.

Category 4: Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU)

  • My duty location is my house address.
  • My home address is not located at or near a free or Service-provided fitness facility.
  • I require a single-person membership or my family resides with me and I require a family membership. Only one membership type (single or family) authorized.
Getting Started

Applications Forms: (Please note that application forms have changed.)

Guidelines

The Department of Defense will underwrite memberships at participating Ys for an initial six-month period for each eligible family and service member. Membership renewals in subsequent six-month intervals (up to 12 or 18 months depending on eligibility) will be funded based on a military family’s or service member’s ability to meet the participation requirement of eight visits to a Y each month.

About the YMCA Outreach Initiative

YMCA of the USA, the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense have launched the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative to address the needs of families of deployed military personnel who live far from a military installation and require access to child development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programming.

The YMCA Military Outreach Initiative leverages the Y movement’s national scale and mission to engage families facing the hardship and uncertainty of military deployment. The nation’s 2,686 Ys have the unique capacity to respond to the needs of this widely dispersed population through supportive, community-based programs that foster a healthy spirit, mind, and body.