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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


IAW AR 25-6 Jan 2014

3–1. Membership

a. Individual membership.

(1) Individual membership is open to those who meet the requirements in paragraphs 3–1a(1)(a) through 3–1a(1)(j). Paragraphs 3–1a(1)(f) through 3–1a(1)(j) are self-reported by candidates for MARS membership. MARS leadership will maintain all information they receive in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

(a) Eighteen years of age or older (age may not be waived).

(b) Citizens of the United States or individuals who have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence under Title 8, United States Code (USC), Chapter 12 (8 USC Chapter 12).

(c) Willing to operate per the regulations prescribed for participating in the Army MARS program and having no prior record of being terminated for cause by any Service MARS program.

(d) In possession of, or access to, a radio station capable of operating on Army MARS HF frequencies; hold an FCC amateur radio license; obtain a General Class or higher amateur radio license within one year of membership application; and if residing on a military installation will operate amateur radio and Army MARS stations in accordance with policies established by the installation commander. Amateur Radio equipment used on MARS frequencies must conform to standards as defined by the National Telecommunications Information Administration’s
manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management, also known as the “Redbook.”

(e) Of good moral character.

(f) No felony convictions, or under indictment or information in any court for a felony.

(g) No associations with known terrorist organizations.

(h) Is not an unlawful user of illicit drugs.

(i) Has not been declared mentally incompetent.

(j) Has not been discharged from the Armed Forces under other than honorable conditions.

(2) Individual membership is granted for the period covered by the member’s current FCC or host nation amateur


Suggest you read This is Army MARS (AM-1) for info on the program.

Additionally, a member 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 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, but those are few and far between these days.
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 State Director or the Region Ten Director .
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 Jan 7, 2017

While the information contained herein is current and accurate this webpage is still an Unofficial Website for Army MARS