We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.
Who is eligible for membership?
Service member must be on Title 10 orders with at least six months remaining as of the signature date on the application form and meet all criteria in established policies.
NOTE: Some policies and procedures have been changed due to Covid-19. These forms reflect those changes updated in June 2020.
About the YMCA Outreach Initiative
YMCA of the USA, the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense launched the Y Military Outreach Initiative. This initiative leverages the Y movement’s national scale and mission to engage families facing the hardship and uncertainty of military deployment.
The nation’s 2,700 Ys have the unique capacity to respond to the needs of this widely dispersed population through supportive, community-based programs that foster child development, family strengthening, and health and well-being. It also carries forward the Y’s tradition and history of support for our military.
Y volunteers provided relief services to soldiers during the Civil War. During World War I, the YMCA launched a massive program of morale and welfare service for the military, serving 90% of U.S. military forces in Europe. During World War II, the YMCA joined five other national voluntary organizations as the principal founder of the USO.
In 1947, the USO deactivated, and the Y’s Army and Navy Departments moved immediately to fill the gap in social services for military personnel, changing its name to the YMCA Armed Services Department.. The Armed Service Department has operated under its current name since 1984.