AUSA members are encouraged to submit proposed resolutions

Saturday, June 01, 2013

As a member-based organization, AUSA annually solicits proposed resolutions from its membership.

Throughout the spring and summer months, individual members and chapters are invited to submit proposed resolutions aimed at enhancing the Army – its equipment, capabilities, and the quality of life of its soldiers and their families.

Standing advisory committees within AUSA are asked for input as well.

The Council of Trustees appoints the national Resolutions Committee at its spring quarterly meeting. The committee is appointed from nominations received from throughout the Association.

Every effort is made to select, from among qualified nominees, a committee that maximizes representation of the Association – geographically, demographically and from internal membership groups.

The Resolutions Committee deliberates in Washington three days prior to and during the Annual Meeting. It also receives briefings from Army staff principals and drafts a final version of the resolutions to be recommended to the general membership.

Chapter delegates are provided the draft resolutions when the Annual Meeting convenes.

A public forum is held to hear member concerns and comments on the draft. The final version of the resolutions is considered and voted upon electronically by each chapter two weeks following the Annual Meeting.

Once adopted, the resolutions are published on the internet at the AUSA website (www.ausa.org.) and in booklet form.

Booklets are distributed to every member of Congress, congressional oversight committees, Pentagon officials, and AUSA chapters.

Throughout the year, the resolutions serve as a guide in the formulation of AUSA’s legislative agenda.

Our goal is to make the resolutions process and the resolutions themselves as relevant as possible.


Why are resolutions important?

Because we are a member-based organization, input from those people that make up AUSA – active, reserve, guard, retired, civilian, and the Army family – is instrumental in determining what direction this organization takes in the next year.

We rely on input from all of our members; from "general to private," to tell us what issues are important. Our Association looks to its members to provide guidance – and we urge all members to become part of this process.

One of the activities of this organization is to support the Army by lobbying the United States Congress.

Through face-to-face meetings, letters, testimony and phone calls, we make sure that your representatives understand the important issues facing the Army. In order to aid us in this effort we need you to tell us what issues are important to you.


What can you do?

The box found elsewhere on this page contains directions for submitting resolutions to the 2013 committee.

Take a few minutes and tell us what you would like to see AUSA do for you in the upcoming year. We can address your concerns only when you let us know what they are.

So take some time, submit a resolution, and work with us to help develop the objectives of the Association for the next year.

How to submit proposed resolutions

Proposed resolutions may be submitted on line at www.ausa.org – "Legislative Agenda – Submit a Resolution."

We encourage you to use this format. A guide to resolutions submission may also be obtained from AUSA chapters. Submissions not in compliance with the guide will be returned to the originator.

Also, submissions may be e-mailed, using Word or TEXT, to [email protected], or mailed to: AUSA Resolutions Committee, Government Affairs Directorate, 2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

Mailed submissions on a computer disc using Microsoft Word or TEXT format would be helpful.

The submissions must arrive at national headquarters by July 15.

Draft resolutions will be provided to AUSA chapter delegates attending the meeting. Upon adoption, the resolutions will be published and distributed to all members of Congress, key members of the Army staff, the Army secretariat, the Department of Defense secretariat; state adjutants general; and chapter and region presidents.

The resolutions will be available on AUSA’s website.