The Armed Services YMCA is proud to work with the Department of Defense to administer the Military Outreach Initiative. Established in 2008, the Military Outreach Initiative offers no-cost fitness facility memberships and respite child care services for eligible active duty military and their families nationwide. This initiative provides access to vital resources that promote mission readiness and family resilience.
The Department of Defense established the eligibility for Service members as: 1) MUST be on Title 10 orders; and 2) MUST have at least six months remaining on Title 10 orders as of the date the application is approved; and 3) MUST meet all criteria in one of the following four categories.
Category 1 includes Reserve Component and National Guard on Title 10 orders (Title 32 orders are not eligible).
Title 32 orders are not eligible.
To get started, please review the Program Instructions and Requirements and FAQs. Download, complete, and submit the indicated documents based on your eligibility and status.
You can also take this short quiz to verify your eligibility.
Program Instructions and Requirements
Please review before completing your application. This information provides eligibility and renewal criteria, and submission information.
Frequently Asked Questions
This document provides additional information on the general program, how it's funded, participant eligibility, membership renewal, and on the respite child care program.
To be completed by the eligible Service member or spouse. Submit completed and signed form as detailed in the Program Instructions & Requirements or per Service branch emails below.
Waiver Request Form
Complete this form if you are applying to renew your membership but have NOT met the attendance requirements for the previous membership period.
Respite Child Care Application
Complete this form to request access to respite child care with your membership application. This form is optional. Note: Availability per fitness facility varies and may not be offered.
Independent Duty Station - Command Form
For Command Use Only. Use this Form to Certify Independent Duty Station (IDS) or Designate Fitness Facility
Private Fitness Center Participation Agreement Form
Download this form if the private fitness center near you is not currently a participating location. The private fitness center must complete this form.
1) New Membership Applications and Renewal Applications with required supporting documents must be emailed to the following correct Military Component Approving Official (MCAO). Do not email ASYMCA. Incomplete forms and forms sent to the incorrect email address will be returned and will delay your membership approval.
2) The Service branch MCAO reviews all requests and forwards approved applications to ASYMCA to activate the membership.
3) Once the ASYMCA receives an approved application from the MCAO, the ASYMCA provides the Service member instructions about how to activate the membership and works directly with the fitness facility to provide payment.
4) Due to the popularity of this initiative, please allow up to 30 days for an ASYMCA representative to provide membership instructions. If you have not received confirmation of your membership within 30 days, you may request a status update via email at email@example.com for YMCA memberships or firstname.lastname@example.org for Private Fitness memberships.
If you have questions regarding the DOD Military Outreach Initiative, please fill out the form below or leave a voicemail at (571) 560-6836. Due to the high volume of applications, messages are returned within three business days. Thank you for your patience and understanding!