Navy MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System)

Established as Navy MARS in 1962


From NAVPERS 10898A Naval Communications (1964) -

The Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) provides a source of trained operators having a potential for emergency communications in support of the military services. Basically, Navy MARS was established to train amateur radio operators in Navy communication procedures.

The Army and Air Force each have their MARS, and with the Navy now form a tri-service MARS. The operators maintain an affiliation with the service of their choice and provide a backlog of competent personnel for use in local disasters or a general emergency.

Navy MARS operators ordinarily operate from their own amateur stations using Navy-assigned calls. They handle personal or semiofficial message traffic of a morale nature that does not qualify for regular transmission over Navy circuits.


The end of Navy-Marine Corps MARS - May 2015

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FM CHNAVMARCORMARS WILLIAMSBURG VA
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INFO ZEN/CHIEF ARMY MARS FT HUACHUCA AZ
ZEN/CHIEF AIR FORCE MARS SCOTT AFB IL
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SUBJ/TRANSITION OF NAVY MARINE CORPS MARS (MILITARY AUXILIARY RADIO
SYSTEM PROGRAM//
REF/A/PHONECON/NCTAMS LANT/NAVIDFOR/FCC-C1F/STRATCOM/8 MAY 215//
REF/B/DODI 465.2/MILITARY AUXILIARY RADIO SYSTEM (MARS)//
REF/C/DODD 325.18/DEFENSE SUPPORT OF CIVIL AUTHORITIES//
RMKS/1. IAW REF A, NAVAL COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AREA MASTER
STATION ATLANTIC (NCTAMS LANT) INTENDS TO WORK WITH U.S. ARMY MARS
AND U.S. AIR FORCE MARS IN TRANSITIONING THE NAVY MARINE CORPS MARS
(NAVMARCORMARS) PROGRAM BY 3 SEP 215. THE INTENT OF THE TRANSITION
IS TO BEST ALIGN THE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT NATIONAL MISSION
REQUIREMENTS.
2. EVALUATION OF THE NAVMARCORMARS PROGRAM BY FLEET CYBER COMMAND
(FCC)/COMMANDER 1TH FLEET (C1F), NAVAL INFORMATION DOMINATION
FORCES (NAVIDFOR), AND NCTAMS LANT DETERMINED THAT THERE ARE NO U.S.
NAVY SERVICE UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS.
3. NCTAMS LANT WILL WORK WITH OTHER U.S. NAVY, U.S. ARMY, U.S. AIR
FORCE, U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
REPRESENTATIVES, AND NAVMARCORMARS VOLUNTEERS TO DEVELOP A TRANSITION
PLAN FOR NAVMARCORMARS MEMBERS WHICH MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF REF B
AND REF C.
4. CURRENT NAVMARCORMARS INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND CLUBS ARE ENCOURAGED
TO BEGIN SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS TO U.S. ARMY MARS OR U.S. AIR
FORCE MARS PROGRAMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. U.S. ARMY MARS MEMBERSHIP
CAN BE REQUESTED AT
HTTP://WWW.USARMYMARS.ORG/RESOURCES/APPLICATIONS-AND-FORMS AND U.S.
AIR FORCE MARS MEMBERSHIPS INFORMATION CAN BE REQUESTED VIA E-MAIL TO
38CYRS.SCM.MARS@US.AF.MIL.
5. ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED SEPCOR FOR MARS STATIONS
UNDER MILITARY AUSPICES, AGENCY STATIONS, AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WHO
ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE DHS SHARED RESOURCES (SHARES) HF RADIO
PROGRAM.
6. AT A MINIMUM, FUTURE NOTICES WILL BE PROVIDED VIA CHIEF,
NAVMARCORMARS MESSAGE. OTHER MEDIA WILL BE IDENTIFIED AS PART OF THE
TRANSITION COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.
7. THE U.S. NAVY GREATLY APPRECIATES THE THOUSANDS OF MARS
VOLUNTEERS, PAST AND PRESENT, WHO HAVE BEEN INTEGRAL TO THE SUCCESS
OF MARS. NCTAMS LANT WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED OF TRANSITION EFFORTS AND
REQUESTS YOUR ASSISTANCE TO HELP START THIS NEW CHAPTER IN MARS
OPERATIONS.
8. NCTAMS LANT POC: BO LINDFORS, COMM 757-443-955, DSN 312-646-955,
BO.LINDFORS@NAVY.MIL AND CHRIS JENSEN, COMM: 757-443-963, DSN:
312-646-963, CHRISTOPHER.J.JENSE1@NAVY.MIL.
9. FCC/C1F POC: MICHAEL KEGLEY, COMM: 31-688-2387,
MICHAEL.KEGLEY@NAVY.MIL.
1. U.S. ARMY MARS POC: PAUL ENGLISH, COMM: 254-947-3141,
PAUL.A.ENGLISH.CIV@MAIL.MIL.
11. U.S. AIR FORCE MARS POC: DAVID STAPCHUK, COMM: 618-229-5964,
DAVID.STAPCHUK.2@US.AF.MIL.
12. INTERNET RELEASE IS AUTHORIZED.//
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