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YMCA | DoD Military Outreach Initiative


We are proud to announce that the Department of Defense has extended this successful program until March 2018!

We understand that military families are under enormous strain, and that military life comes with unique challenges. Deployments and frequent moves can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families.

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Outreach Initiative.

The Armed Services YMCA has partnered with YMCAs, as well as national and independent fitness centers nationwide, to offer service members and families free access to fitness centers and respite child care services*. The Military Outreach Initiative gives service members and military families extra support and access to vital resources that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It’s another way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.

Military Outreach Initiative – Private Fitness Center Member Application

Military Outreach Initiative – YMCA Member Application

MOI Respite Childcare Application


  • More than 1,500 Community YMCAs, and more than 1,600 national and independent fitness centers nationwide participate in the Military Outreach Initiative
  • Since 2008, more than 133,000 military children have been impacted by this program
  • The Military Outreach Initiative has provided more than 95,000 memberships since its launch

Submission Requirements

Please note, due to the popularity of this program, please allow up to 30 days for the Armed Services YMCA Program Coordinators to respond to your request. The best way to speed up your application is to ensure it is complete with necessary signatures. Incomplete forms will be returned and will delay your membership. Thank you!

If you have not received confirmation of your request within 30 days, please contact: Dess Vince Cruz at for free military YMCA Membership Requests or Ashby Collins at for reduced Military private fitness requests.