NRPA Provides Army MWR recreation staff with important opportunities to advance their own professional development and the programs & services they deliver. Recreation programs are often the reason a Soldier joins or decides to stay in the military (recruitment and retention). Recreation is a foundation for Soldier and Family quality of life. NRPA helps strengthen relationships with municipal community recreation and the recreation industry. NRPA is a professional recreation association which provides professional certification, program accreditation and an additional venue for the military services to network, share information and build relationships.