|Authorized Users of Military Campgrounds|
I've received many inquires asking "... am I allowed to use US Military Campgrounds?" These are usually from veterans who served a few years and have an honorable discharge. Sometimes it's from a retired civil service employee who worked for the Army, Navy, or USAF for 30+ years. And some of the inquires are from veterans who are 100% disabled. There's also been a lot of discussion on the various news groups about the 100% DAV authorized use issue. I attempted to do a little research and clear all of these issues up. The following are my findings.
In a nut shell, 100%DAV is authorized at all US Military Campgrounds. Being an honorably discharged vet is not authorized, unless there is another circumstance that does authorize the veteran (retired, 100%DAV, etc).
As with many issues when dealing with the government and the military, you're bound to get a variety of answers. I discovered the lists of authorized users that's published by the various military campgrounds greatly vary, are not the final word, are interpreted differently by campground employees, and most importantly, are not complete. Each military campground is (somewhat) independently ran and seems to establish their own list of authorized users. The Installation Commander usually has the final approval of who they allow to use "their" campground. If you can get past all of the personal opinions, the list of authorized users is actually regulated. Each of the military branches have a regulation listing who is an authorized user of MWR activities, which includes Outdoor Recreation facilities.
The Department of Defense has established DOD Instruction 1015.10, dated 31 Oct 96. Enclosure 3 details Authorized Patronage of Military MWR Programs. While all services frollow this Instruction, they've also written their own to cover seperate regulations.
Below is a copy of DOD Instruction 1015.10, Enclosure 3.2.1, which lists Unlimited use of MWR PRograms:
Below is a copy of AR215-1, Table 6-1, which lists MWR patronage authorizations:
Below is a copy of AFI34-262, Attachment 2, Table A2.1, which lists services Unlimited Program Eligibility and Priority:
Below is a copy of BUPERSINST 1710.11C, Paragraph 604, which lists services Unlimited Use of MWR Programs:
Paragraph 605 explains Limited Use of MWR Programs. Commanding officers have the discretion of allowing or disallowing use of MWR facilities based on space and availability.
Below is a copy of BUPERSINST 1710.11C, Paragraph 605, which lists services Limited Use of MWR Programs:
For the Marine Corps, it's Marine Corps Order P1700.27A, dated 8 Nov 99. Paragraph 1201 lists Eligible users.
For the Coast Guard, it's Coast Guard Commandant Instruction CI M1710.13B, dated 24 Jan 05. Chapter 3 explains Authorized Patronage of MWR Programs. Chapter 3, Paragaph B reads:
Disclaimer: The above information is NOT OFFICIAL. It is based upon my personal experiences and research.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2007 01:25|