Application to Join Army MARS


Applicants must use the electronic form and submit through email.

Membership application is available at the bottom of this page. Scroll to Instructions below:

Prospective Members, WARNING!

Army MARS (AMARS) isn't easy.

Amateur Radio operators who lack experience operating and maintaining effective High Frequency (HF) radio systems should work within the Amateur Radio service to establish the understanding, skills, and experiences necessary to operate and maintain an effective HF radio system before applying for AMARS. A strong understanding of HF radio technology is an assumed prerequisite and is not included in the AMARS Basic Training Program.

The Department of the Army requires it's MARS members to (ref AR 25-6):

(a) maintain radio and computer systems without assistance, including loading and configuring software and operating systems, configuring and operating local area networks, and recover corrupted computer systems.

(b) have unrestricted access to a radio system consisting of a transmitter and receiver (or transceiver), antenna, modem, computer equipment, and associated software. This system must be capable of operating on all radio frequencies between 2 and 30 MHz in accordance with NTIA Manual of Regulations technical standards with an output power of at least 100 watts in order to communicate effectively over long distances. The system shall use single side band as described in MIL–STD–188–141 and the serial phase key shifting data mode described in MIL–STD–188–110A. “Unrestricted access” means the individual may use the radio system on demand and as required to support MARS activities without conditions.

(c) be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and submit to a background check. If information is discovered on a background check that prevents the applicant from becoming a MARS operator, the individual may provide mitigating information to the Office of the Chief, Army MARS, who will make a final determination on the application.

(d) be eighteen years of age or older.

(e) be 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, Chapter 12 (8 USC Chapter 12).

(f) hold a valid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) amateur radio license.

(g) agree to operate per the regulations prescribed for participating in the Army MARS Program.

(h) have no prior record of being terminated for cause by another Service MARS Program (may be waived by the

Chief, Army MARS, upon review of mitigating information and consultation with the other Service).

(i) be of good moral character (for example, trustworthy, honest, reliable, respects and upholds laws).

(j) have no felony convictions, or under indictment in any court for a felony.

(k) have no associations with known terrorist organizations.

(l) not use illicit drugs.

(m) not have been declared mentally incompetent.

(n) not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under other than honorable conditions.

Radio Frequency (RF) communications and Information Technology (IT) have merged into a single technology. AMARS operations is integrated with software and personal computers and requires installing, updating and maintaining communications software, the Windows operating system environment, and the local area network. Persons considering membership who lack IT skills should work to establish intermediate level skills and knowledge before applying. IT skills are an assumed prerequisite and are not included in the AMARS Basic Training Program.

AMARS members are required to sign a membership agreement, adhere to operational security and privacy rules, and protect sensitive information. AMARS members will be expected to meet minimum performance standards which include calling HF radio nets according to prescribed procedures, selecting appropriate HF radio frequencies and antenna systems for network operation based on the time of day and area of operation, drafting, sending and relaying messages in prescribed formats, loading and updating encryption keys, and maintaining specialized software systems.

MARS members are not paid, are not provided any form of material support such as radio equipment or government surplus, and are expected to donate their time and use of their radio stations for the service of the United States. MARS members may be asked to serve during times of crisis, when their community and personal situation is affected by a complex catastrophe.

Operating as a MARS member is a rewarding and challenging activity in which citizens take part in solving complex communications problems in extraordinary situations. Through experience training and exercising, MARS members become the Subject Matter Experts in HF radio communications. Teamwork is the foundation to success in AMARS, and taking on challenges is what we do. MARS members develop a high level of camaraderie, and most find lifelong friends in the MARS service. While MARS membership is not easy, we hope you accept the challenge to serve the United States by becoming a Army MARS member. Learn about what the MARS community is doing by checking us out on Facebook.

More information about Army MARS is available in AM-1, This Is Army MARS which is available for download under the Resources/Army MARS (AM) Manuals area of this website.


The Application is a PDF form that you complete on your computer. The form features an email submit button at the end of the form. Clicking the submit button at the end of the form will open your email client and attach the form to a new email addressed to HQ Army MARS, Ft Huachuca Az. To ensure proper routing of the form, do not modify the file name of the form, the email address or subject line. If you change the email address or subject line on the email your application will not be forwarded for processing. Changing the file name may cause it to be flagged as spam.

The use of digital signatures is encouraged, however not required at this time. Adobe Reader X also provide for "ink signatures" using the mouse.

Instructions for each field can be revealed by holding the mouse cursor over the form field.

These forms work best when they are downloaded and read with Adobe Reader X. The form fields may not be edited if the form is opened in a web browser window.

Processing time is normally not more than 5 working days. If you are not contacted about your application in 5 working days, please Contact Us.


Applicants must use the electronic form and submit through email.

The application form normally pre-fills the email address and subject line in to your email program after pressing the "submit" button on the form. If you are having difficulty with the email address, email the completed form to at HQ Army MARS, Ft Huacucha Az.

Submit membership forms only to HQ Army MARS, Ft Huachuca Az.

Do Not send application forms to any MARS member, State or Region Director or officer.

Use AMARS Form 1 for:

  • New Member Applications (individual membership is the only AMARS membership type. Auxiliary, Agency and Military MARS membership types are discontinued in accordance with Army Regulation 25-6)

  • Renew your Individual MARS membership.

  • Transfer from one Army MARS region to another.

  • Modifications, such as change of address, email, or telephone.

Download Form 1 below...