WHAT IS MARS AND ITS MISSION:

The Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) is a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored program that combines the resources and talents of military radio operators and volunteer radio operators of the US Amateur Radio Service. Under the authority of DoD Directive 4605.2, each branch of the Armed Forces manages and operates individual MARS programs in joint support of the overall MARS program. The primary missions of MARS are:

Whether providing emergency communications for federal or local authorities during natural disasters or relaying morale messages from families to service members overseas, the 5000 volunteer men and women of MARS ensure that program will always be proud, professional, and ready.

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