Changes in eligibility at Gaffney, Murphy

Eligibility for use of Gaffney Fitness Center and Murphy Field House changes April 1, according to officials at the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“Gaffney and Murphy fitness centers are solely funded by appropriated funds,” said Candace Godfrey, DFMWR marketing manager. “The money received to maintain the facilities and their equipment is based on an installation’s active-duty service member population. These funds do not take into account the wear and tear of the current amount of individuals being admitted into the facilities.”

The garrison commander has approved restricting use of the facilities in accordance with Army regulations.

The following changes will be in effect as of April 1:

  • DoD contract personnel and their family members will no longer be eligible.
  • Non-DoD federal employees working on post will no longer be eligible.
  • Children of DoD civilian employees are eligible only up to the age of 21.
  • Children of retired DoD civilian employees are eligible only up to the age of 21.
  • In attempting to accommodate the majority of individuals on the installation, DFMWR is jeopardizing the ability to provide a first-class fitness center for active-duty service members, said DFMWR officials.

“Ensuring our service members are mission-ready is our top priority,” Godfrey said.

To download the current brochure on eligibility.

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