BOSS – Better Opportunities for Single Service Members
- Tell us your opinions and ideas – Survey
BOSS Survey – How can we improve?Form requests links have (temporarily) been disabled at this time. Patrons should utilize phone numbers provided or stop by the facility for additional information.
- Become a BOSS Volunteer
Be a Change-Maker. Volunteer with BOSS.
Our volunteers participate in and contribute to making JBLM a better place to live and work. Download the application form.
- DD Van – Designated Driver Program
The Designated Driver Program was created to help the JBLM community reduce DUI's across the post. The van is operated by 2 volunteers Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and, Thursday nights in the event of a DONSA on Friday.
We will pick up single service members, and geographical bachelors within a 15-mile radius of JBLM and return them to their barrack or dorms. To be more specific, we will drive as far North as EQC Casino, South to downtown Olympia, West to Steilacoom, and East to Spanaway.
This service is operated as a "Last Resort" and should only be utilized as such. The DD van is not a free taxi – we will not take you to your desired location. We also do not accept reservations for single parties, unit parties, or JBLM balls.
We do not transport civilians. This service is for active duty Service Members and Reservists on active orders.
If you would like to volunteer to operate the van during the weekends, please stop by the BOSS Office Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and complete the appropriate paperwork. You must be 21or older to drive, 18 or older to TC. The driver must have a valid driver's license on file with BOSS and a valid proof of insurance.
Designated Driver Responsibilities
- History of BOSS
The BOSS program originated in 1989 (as Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) to respond to the recreational needs of single soldiers aged 18-25 who make up 35% of the Army. As the program was implemented throughout the Army, it became evident that quality of life was the primary concern to single soldiers. In 1991, the Chief of Staff of the Army officially expanded BOSS to include all aspects of soldiers’ lives. Some BOSS members then began to express an interest in participating in community service projects which was added as a component of the program. In 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord Field merged to become Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An aspect of this merger was to encourage airmen to participate in the BOSS program, and thus BOSS was rechristened as Better Opportunities for Single Service Members.
Hours of Operation
|Monday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
Hours of Operation
|Wednesday||11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
BOSS is all about Service Sembers helping Service Members – through activities, community service and to enjoying life in the Washington State area.
Mandatory Installation meetings happen every first Tuesday of every month at Nelson Rec Center at 1 p.m. These meetings serve as a forum for the Unit, Squadron, Battalion and Brigade BOSS Reps to voice the opinion of their service members, obtain valuable information on upcoming events, and receive materials such as event flyers, calendars, and magazines.
Stay informed. Text "Follow JBLMBOSS" to 40404 to have BOSS events and activities sent to your phone! Standard text message rates from your carrier apply.
Better Opportunities for Single Service Members is a program that supports the overall quality of single service members’ lives. BOSS identifies well-being issues and concerns by recommending improvements through the chain-of-command. BOSS encourages and assists single service members in identifying and planning for recreational and leisure activities. Additionally, it gives single service members the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their respective communities.
The BOSS executive team is made up of four individuals from various backgrounds all contributing different ideas and social experiences. The JBLM BOSS Team consists of the executive team over seen by the MWR Sergeant Major, the MWR Advisor, the Joint Base Sergeant Major, and the Joint Base Senior Enlisted Advisor.
Each unit should be assigned a BOSS Rep to represent the voice of their service members. The Unit BOSS Rep is responsible for ensuring their service members are well informed about upcoming events and quality of life issues.