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Military Support

Military Membership

Here at the Gateway Region YMCA, we offer a military discount for those actively serving in any branch of the Armed Services. Simply present a military ID card and we will discount your joining fee and first month's dues 50%.

Children can also stay connected during separation by building holiday care packages for their parent and taking advantage of services like United Through Reading, that videotapes a parent reading their child’s favorite book, or the Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort program that provides a personally handcrafted quilt or pillow.

* Membership dues and joining fee apply and access is subject to YMCA policies and guidelines. Please visit branch for details. Classes and amenities vary per branch. 


Armed Services YMCA & the Department of Defense Military Outreach Initiative
We are proud to announce that the Department of Defense has extended this successful program 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 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 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.

Completed applications and questions should be directed to: Lisa Flowers at  or 314.436.1177

This application is only for YMCA Centers. Please make sure you are not submitting an application for a private fitness facility. Doing so will result in a delayed response regarding your application status. 

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 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.