Military mom holds her 3 year-old daughter amidst a group of American Flags. Military Outreach Initiative

Military Outreach Initiative

The Department of Defense has extended the YMCA/DoD Military Outreach Initiative until March 2019!

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 Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is proud to offer memberships to eligible military families and personnel through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Outreach Initiative.

The Armed Services YMCA has partnered with YMCAs to offer service members and families free access to fitness centers. 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.

For YMCA Centers:

This application is only for YMCA Centers.

Military Outreach Initiative – YMCA Member Application

Military Outreach Initiative – YMCA Member Application for Warrior Transition Unit Category

Military Outreach Initiative – YMCA Attendance Waiver

For Childcare:

MOI Respite Childcare Application

More Questions? Please view our Frequently Asked Questions. 


  • More than 1,600 Community YMCAs, and more than 2,000 national and independent fitness centers nationwide participate in the Military Outreach Initiative
  • Since 2008, more than 148,000 military children have been impacted by this program
  • The Military Outreach Initiative has provided more than 112,000 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 Lewa Puhi at for reduced Military private fitness requests.

For information regarding the DoD Military Outreach Initiative please call Don Kandel, EVP Finance and Operations at (703) 455-3986 x 208.

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