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The Military Auxiliary Radio System is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as a separately managed and operated program by the Army and Air Force.  

The MARS program consists of licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in military communications. You do not need to be a former military member to join Army MARS.  We contribute to the MARS mission providing auxiliary or emergency communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.


Questions? Contact:

Region Ten Director AAA0RD

Alaska AMARS State Director (SMD) AAA0AK

Alaska AMARS State Plans Officer (S5) AAA0AK5

Alaska AMARS Training Officer (S7) AAA0AK7


Download and read This is Army MARS (AM-1) for additional info on the program.

IAW AR 25-6 AMARS Membership Requirements-

Must hold a General or greater Amateur License as issued by the FCC.  
(A Tech Class license will be accepeted but that license must upgrade to at least a General Class within 12 months.)
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must complete the initial training program and the final test within 6 months.

Additonally, you must be of good moral character and not a convicted felon or under indicment in any court. 
You cannot be an illegal drug user, cannot have been declared mentally incompentent.

You cannot belong to Army MARS if you separated from the Armed Forces in other than Honorable Conditions.

Must Participate on HF at least 6 hours per quarter for a total of 12 hours per quarter of participation.  Off air participation reflects training, station improvements and or other related activities to Army MARS.  The State Director, Region Director or Chief Army MARS can issue a waiver for Participation on a case by case basis.  You must have a station capable of operating on Army MARS HF frequencies.  You are required to submit Monthly Participation Reports to remain active in the program, failure to report can lead to termination from the program.  

Active Duty Military members of Army MARS must meet the same participation requirements all Army MARS members must meet.

Keep in mind before you apply, this program has fixed requirements of every member and requires that you are active.  The days of being in MARS on paper only are long over with.  Today the program is proactive and strives to provide a valuable communications function for those we serve.  You will be expected to operate in the prescribed method and stay current on new developments and proceedures.

If you are ready to join the AMARS team and willing to accept the responsability, Welcome!


We operate on DOD/Federal frequencies not on the Amateur Bands.

The primary mission for MARS today is emergency communications support to federal agencies and the DOD as directed.  With permission from HHQs we can operate in support of civilian authority as well.

We do still of course handle Morale and Welfare Messages.
If you are interested in learning more please visit the Army MARS Region Ten 
Website at Region Ten Army Mars.

To apply for membership to the Army MARS Program click here.  Print the form out, fill it in then sign it.  
Scan it to an email to either the Region Ten Director or HHQ Army MARS.
Or follow the postal mailing instructions.  We no longer require a copy of your Amateur License as that
information is available via the FCC ULS Database.

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Last Updated/Reviewed on Sept 15th 2016

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While the information contained here is current and accurate it is still an Unofficial Website for Army MARS