Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, October 6, 1972 Page: 1 of 24
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BY T. C. PAARKER
Everybody says we ought to do something
about improving the Army but nobody seems to
be accomplishing anything. Anyone that believes
that statement has never heard of the Association
of the United States Army (AUSA). The AUSA is
working everyday to improve the soldiers' lot here
and around the world and they are definitely ac
complishing a multitude of improvements.
Kenneth P. Walker the dean of Central Texas
College is the President of the Central Texas Chap
ter of the AUSA. Mr. Walker has set an ambitious
goal for this year when he said "The primary ob
jective I would like to see accomplished by the
chapter is that of establishing the strongest civilian
support for our Army that can be found anywhere
in the United States."
The 122 delegates from the Cen-Tex chapter
will be trying to accomplish just that along with
the national goals when they attend the National
Convention in Washington D.C. this week. Among
the delegates will be an ROTC Cadet from Killeen
High School a photographer and four delegates
that will be sent at the expense of the Cen-
Tex chapter. Some of the remaining delegates will
ride on military aircraft but many have to furnish
their own transportation and expenses to Washing
ton. The important thing to remember is that no
matter how they get there they will be fighting
for a better future for the United States Army.
The AUSA is a voluntary educational non
profit organization made up of civilians and mili
tary personnel dedicated to the premise that a
strong modern mobile Army is vitally essential to
our National Defense.
The AUSA is a many facet multi-purpose or
ganization seeking to improve virtually all aspects
of Army life such as:
—To promote the well-being and opportuni-
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All of this points out that the individual sol
dier has hundreds and even thousands of people
working daily to aid and assist him. There are 110
AUSA chapters of which the Cen-Tex chapter at
Ft. Hood is the second largest.
To illustrate some of the aims and accomplish
ments of the AUSA check some of these examples:
VOLUNTEER ARMY The AUSA supports
fully all measures to improve career attractive
ness with a goal of reducing our reliance on the
draft. Committed to the continuation of viable Se
lective Service until proven unnecessary.
ROTC and USMA—The AUSA conducts vigor
ous annual programs throughout the world to in
terest qualified young people in ROTC and the Mili
tary Academy at West Point and to create better
understanding of the essentiality of ROTC. An ex
panding AUSA Chapter Scholarship Program
greatly assists these efforts.
ONE ARMY CONCEPT The AUSA recog
nizes and fully supports the essentiality and equal
ity of the active Army National Guard and Re
serve components. The AUSA demands a strong
Published the interast of
ties of those who pursue a military career in the
Army be they enlisted civilian warrant or com
—To enhance the prestige of the military
profession and to assure recognition of the Army.
—To consolidate the efforts of all who support
the Army as an indispensable instrument of na
—To contribute its full resources to advancing
the security of the United States.
—To inform the American people of the funda
mental facts about the U. S. Army and national de
—To foster public understanding and support
of the entire Army Army National Guard and
of Fort Hood
FORT HOOD TEXAS FRIDAY OCTOBER 61972
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Army. The appearance of advertisements in this publication does sot constitute an endorsement by the Deparment of the Army of the prod
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Army of all components maintained at proper level
of strength and effectiveness to provide security at
home and abroad arid to honor world-wide commit
ments. The AUSA is strongly committed to pro
viding reserve forces with moden weapons and
equipment and stands for realistic training to im
prove readiness. It urges adequate incentives be
established to maintain National Guard and Re
serve strength in the face of diminished reliance
on the draft.
The AUSA also works for the well-being of all
ranks of all components—enlisted civilian commis
sioned active and retired
POST EXCHANGES AND COMMISSARIES
—In 1970 the AUSA re-emphasized support of ex
pansion of these facilities and provision of adequate
personnel to insure efficient operation and service.
HOUSING—As part of the program to improve
career attractiveness the AUSA continues to advo
cate an accelerated program of improved family
bachelor and troop housing.
IMPROVED MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE
Since 1948 the AUSA has stood for improve
ments. This stand was reaffirmed in 1970 when
deep concern was registered practically regarding
service to dependents of active duty personnel and
to those who are retired.
DYNAMIC CAREER PROGRAM FOR CI
VILIAN EMPLOYEES—The AUSA continues ef
fort to recognize the indispensable role of dedicated
civilian employees and the need for progressive
wage scales and career programs to attract and re
tain people of a professional caliber.
OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN THE
ARMY The AUSA was in the vanguard of suc
cessful efforts to lift discriminatory ceilings on
ranks of women officers and to broaden opportuni
ties or all women in the military service.
SECOND CAREER EMPLOYMENT FOR
ARMY RETIREES The AUSA urged at the
highest levels for an all-out program to provide
jobs for retiring and retired career members of the
HIGH MILITARY PAY Since 1963 the
AUSA has successfully supported pay increases
with the goal of raising military pay to a level at
least comparable with enterprise. The AUSA is
pressing for further increases as incentive for a
EQUALIZATION OF RETIIRED PAY At
tempts are being made by the AUSA to up-date re-
emphasize the position on this vital issue supported
for more than a decade. The association is strongly
committed to principles of equalization and calls
for concrete moves to adjust difference between
retired and active duty pay.
WIDOW'S PENSION OR ANNUITY The
AUSA urgently recommends the establishment of
a service annuity or similar program of benefits
to rectify this long-standing inequity that pre-
judical to the attractiveness of a military career.
DUAL COMPENSATION The AUSA is ad
vocating revitalized long term effbrts to attain re
moval of this unfair restriction on the regular of
ficer. The goal is equal opportunity for Govern
ment employment without forfeiture of pay.
Other AUSA Action-Supported Programs are:
—IMPRROVE AIRLIFT AND SEALIFT.
—SAFEGUARD ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE
—ADVANCED DEGREE IN MILITARY ART
AND SCIENCE AWARDED BY THE ARMY
PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM AND PA
—ARMY NURSE CORPS.
—ADEQUATE RESEARCH AND DEVEL-
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Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, October 6, 1972, newspaper, October 6, 1972; Temple, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255180/m1/1/: accessed March 27, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.