About Us

About Us

The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.

Our Mission

AUSA supports soldiers, their families and Army civilians, provides a voice for the Army, and honors those who have served. As the Army’s premier, nonprofit, educational and professional association, we: 

  • Educate those we serve (soldiers and their families, Army civilians, retired soldiers and veterans, and the businesses and industries that support the Army) with programs, products, resources and events…
  • Inform our members, Congress and the American public about issues affecting America’s Army – Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and…
  • Connect America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters at the national, regional and chapter levels.

Our Vision

To be recognized by the Army, Congress, our industry partners and communities across the nation as the Army’s premier association and the foremost supporter of the Total Army.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Dedication
    We are dedicated to our mission and to our members, displaying it through our service and commitment. 
  • Innovation
    We value innovative approaches to programs and technology. 
  • Excellence
    We value, encourage, recognize and reward excellence. 
  • Inclusion
    We are inclusive and embrace diversity. 
  • Integrity
    We expect integrity within ourselves and our stakeholders.
  • Nonpartisan
    In all we do, we are nonpartisan and apolitical.

Who Can Join?

AUSA is open to everyone, whether you have a relationship with the US Army, or would simply like to offer your support to our soldiers.  All Army ranks and all components are represented in AUSA-- including Regular Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, Government Civilians, Retirees, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, concerned citizens and family members. Indeed AUSA welcomes anyone who subscribes to the philosophy of a strong national defense with special concern for the Army. Community businesses and defense industry companies are also vital and contributing members of AUSA.  Join Now!

Why you Should Support AUSA

Whether you are interested in membership, making a donation, or want to participate in an AUSA event there are a number of reasons why you should lend your support to AUSA.  

The Only Professional Association for the Entire Army

AUSA is here to serve the entire Army - Regular Army, National Guard, Reserve, Retired Soldiers, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, concerned citizens and family members.


AUSA speaks out for the men and women of the United States Army who proudly serve our country.  

Networking and Local Community Involvement

AUSA has 122 chapters located worldwide. Made up entirely of volunteers, they provide recreational and educational opportunities to Soldiers and their families. AUSA and its chapters contribute over $5,000,000 to awards, scholarships, and support of soldier and family programs annually. Their mission is to support our Soldiers and the civilians and families who work alongside of them in the local community.

Professional and Educational Benefits

AUSA is your professional association. As an Army professional, you need to keep current on issues that affect you in the work place and network with other soldiers, retirees, veterans and the defense industry. AUSA offers you the opportunity to accomplish this through its numerous publications and events such as the Annual Meeting, AUSA Breakfasts, Hot Topics and the Global Force Symposium.

Our History

Born on July 5, 1950, the Association of the United States Army had a clear purpose. America’s foundational military force needed to speak with one voice.

In a joint message, a group of World War II wartime leaders accustomed to protecting their service branch showed they were ready to lock arms for a loftier cause. 

“Let us put our resources and efforts into an association that can keep in the forefront the importance and requirements of the cutting edge of our national defense – in particular, the needs of the soldiers and their families that are the Army,” declared top Army leaders from the Infantry Association and Field Artillery Association.

AUSA’s first president was Gen. Wade H. Haislip, an infantry officer serving as Army vice chief of staff. President Harry S. Truman, a former artilleryman, was the honorary president. Seventy years later, AUSA has expanded, but its purpose hasn’t changed. As an educational nonprofit, AUSA aims to be the Army’s professional association, dedicated to educational development, advancing national security and promoting greater recognition of the Army’s vital role in American life, past, present and future.

AUSA is a growing organization, tripling its membership since 2017, with plans to continue expanding its size, reach and influence.

Supporting Documents


AUSA Bylaws 
(Updated September 2022)

Strategic Plan

2025 Strategic Plan 
(Updated June 2022)

Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook