The overriding goal of AMS is to support a national defense that will protect the security of the United States.
AMS represents the interests of members of the Uniformed Services in Congress, at the White House, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Defense. We educate the public and members of Congress about the Uniformed Services and their most important asset, its people.
We monitor proposed legislation and we lobby and educate members of Congress and Pentagon officials on behalf of our members. We give voice to our members’ concerns about military pay, health care, pension and disability, survivor benefits, education, housing, child care, and other quality-of-life programs.
AMS supports a defense budget that will provide modern and sufficient equipment so that our military personnel can safely and effectively accomplish their mission. Further, we support increasing active duty, Guard and Reserve force sizes (end strength) to match mission.
Active Duty, Reserve Force, and Family Issues
AMS supports military pay and compensation policies to attain and maintain the personnel skills that will allow the United States to meet its strategic goals. This includes compensation, benefits, quality of life, and other instruments to recruit, retain, and support high-quality people. It also includes providing service members and their dependents high-quality, affordable health care. We support initiatives to:
Sustain active duty, Guard and Reserve force sizes to meet mission requirements
Sustain military pay comparability with private sector
Protect currently serving and retiree benefits against significant degradation based on sequestration’s arbitrary cuts
Credit all post-9/11 active duty service toward Guard/Reserve early retirement
Restore tax deduction for reservists’ out-of-pocket expenses for military travel of 50 miles or more
Create new incentives for employers to hire and retain drilling Guard/Reserve members
Provide incentives for employers/government/contractors to hire military spouses
Protect funding for commissary/exchange, dependent schools and family support programs
Improve access to affordable child care
Require better education on serious financial disadvantages of the REDUX retirement option
Improve professional licensure transferability for service members and military spouses
Health Care Issues
Avert 27% Medicare/TRICARE payment cut and fix statutory formula to improve access to care
Protect against disproportional increases in TRICARE fees
Oppose enrollment fee for TRICARE For Life or curtailment of TFL coverage
Allow three years of active-duty-level TRICARE coverage for disability retirees and families
Improve seamless transition and protect Defense and VA health benefits support systems and budgets
Expand TRICARE coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for active and retired members of the uniformed services
Retirement and Survivor Issues
Oppose military benefit changes that are inconsistent with service career sacrifices