Military Auxiliary Radio System

What is MARS?

The Military Auxiliary Radio System is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as separate managed and operated program by the Army and Air Force. The program consists of licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in military communications.

MARS Mission

Provide the Department of Defense sponsored emergency communications on a local, national and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.

Provide auxiliary communications for military, civil, and/or disaster officials during periods of emergency.

Assist in effecting normal communications under emergency conditions.

Create an interest, and furnish a means of training members in military communication procedures.

Provide a potential reserve of radio communication personnel trained in military communication.

Handle morale and quasi-official record communications for Armed Forces and authorized U.S. Government civilian personnel stationed throughout the world.

Conduct an appropriate Amateur Radio program as part of the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day.