Military Outreach

The YMCA offers specialized services to help military families manage the unique challenges they face every day.

Military Outreach

Military Outreach and Respite Child Care

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel. The services we provide during times of deployment is our way of supporting those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.

military father reading book with child at YMCA

Membership for Military Families

We know that deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. Through our military membership, families can spend quality time together, meet other military families and enjoy the Y's membership offerings in a supportive environment.

Military Membership Eligibility

Title 10 personnel are eligible for a Y membership, including:

  • Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families that are not located at or near a free or service-provided fitness facility  
  • Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Active Duty Note: The Relocated Spouse category supports families/spouses who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed  
  • Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Joint Deployed Guard and Reserve  
  • Community Based Warrior Transition Unite (CBWTU)

For more information on eligibility requirements, visit Armed Services YMCA DOD Military Outreach Initiative

Start Your Y Membership

  1. Contact Military OneSource or 800-342-9647, or visit Armed Service YMCA DOD Military Outreach Initiative to confirm eligibility and access program instructions and application forms.  
  2. Find a participating Y in your area using the search tool below.  
  3. Complete the membership application and send the required documentation to your Military Component Approving Official (MCAO) as identified on the program instructions.
daughter embracing military dad with a hud

Respite Child Care

With one caregiver away from the household, the majority of responsibilities often fall on the shoulders of the remaining caregiver. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, participating Ys offer child care in a safe and nurturing environment so caregivers have more time for themselves to catch up on errands, enjoy a tension-relieving class at the Y or simply relax. It’s up to you!

Respite child care is available for infants (or youngest age permitted at the participating Y) up to 12 years of age (or oldest age permitted at the participating Y).

Respite Child Care Eligibility

Title 10 personnel are eligible for a Y membership, including:

  • Active Duty Independent Duty personnel and their families that are not located at or near a free or service-provided fitness facility
  • Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Active Duty Note: The Relocated Spouse category supports families/spouses who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed
  • Unaccompanied Spouse/Family of Joint Deployed Guard and Reserve
  • Community Based Warrior Transition Unite (CBWTU)

Apply for Respite Child Care

  1. Visit ASYMCA DOD Military Outreach Initiative to view eligibility requirements, FAQs and program applications
  2. Fill out and bring your eligibility form, Military ID and any other required documentation (usually, your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to a participating Y for verification. Please do not leave copies of these documents at the Y

For more information, please visit Armed Services YMCA.

Military Life & the YMCA

The Y has so much to offer military families. See how these families have found a community of support and a great place to spend time together through the Y.

Watch more Y stories

  • Military Families: We Think about Our Son Every Day.

    Deployment can be a difficult time. The Steeles are thankful that Treasure Valley Family YMCA provides free membership for families of deployed soldiers. Watch as this active family explores their Y together and receives a heartfelt homecoming surprise. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

  • Military Families: We Think about Our Son Every Day.

    When Rachel and her husband are away on active duty, they feel good knowing that their son Rain and his grandmother turn to the Armed Services YMCA Twentynine Palms, where they find friendship and support until Rain's parents return home. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

  • Military Families: It Isn’t Just One Day. It’s an Everyday Thing.

    The YMCA is there every day for military members and their families. The memories that Chris Klassen and his daughter have of their father-daughter dance at the Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads are with them every day. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Military Families: Heroes at home and abroad

    As a single parent and a soldier, Lt. Brian Martin is thankful for Operation Hero at the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Leonard Wood. The afterschool program Operation Hero focuses on skill-building and character development to help military children navigate the unique challenges they face. Since Andrew’s participation, Lt. Martin and his teachers have seen him open up and grow. This is their Y. Their Camera. Their Story.

Find Your Y

Ready to learn more? Search below for Ys that offer Military Outreach programs.

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