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Strengthening Our Military Family®


Our Mission, Guiding Principles and Mission Focus

Mission. The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.

Guiding Principles. The Armed Services YMCA will:

  1. Be guided by Christian principles with a holistic approach to develop and promote healthy spirit, mind and body;
  2. Be inclusive and treat everyone with compassion and respect;
  3. Collaborate with military commands and community organizations;
  4. Honor the service members’ and their families’ commitment to defend our Nation; and
  5. Strive for excellence in all we do.

Mission Focus.  Priority shall be given to providing needed programs and services for junior enlisted personnel, both single and married, and their family members.  The focus of work shall be in three areas - youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Services may be provided to military personnel other than junior enlisted where resources are available. Programs and services shall be designed to complement and supplement those provided by the Armed Forces, either on or off military installations as appropriate.

Who We Are

The Armed Services YMCA strengthens our military family by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

We support military families through programs with impact in three areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

In 2018, we engaged more than 225,000 individuals in our programs and delivered nearly 1 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. 

We have served since the Civil War. Our banners have been seen in every conflict since. On the battlefields of Europe and in China, we were there taking care of the military fighting for our freedoms.

We can't continue without your support. You can provide comfort for a military child, or help with child care for a military mother. Your donation will be put to efficient use. Thank you for your support.

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The Armed Services YMCA has 13 branches, and about many affiliate locations at local Ys and some DoD facilities in the United States. 

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Hear from the front lines about those we serve, and our partners who make it possible.


National HQ Staff and Board of Directors

Headquarters Staff Listing

National Board of Directors

Annual Reports and Financial information

Annual Reports

Audited Financials


Armed Services YMCA History

Our Start

The Coffee Wagon 

Our Sponsors

We want to thank our sponsors for their continued commitment to the men and women of the military and the entire military family.

Our Partners

We can do more if we are connected to the right partners. 

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