This military affiliate needs additional citations for verification. United States Department of Defense sponsored program, established as a separately managed and operated program by the United States Army, and the United States Air Force.
MARS has a long history of providing worldwide auxiliary emergency communications during times of need. 3,000 dedicated and skilled amateur radio operators provide the backbone of the MARS program. AARS was created in November 1925 by a few dedicated pioneers in the United States Army Signal Corps led by Captain Thomas C. Between 1925 and 1941, the AARS continued to operate and functioned more or less as an extracurricular activity for members of the Army Signal Corps, with its scope limited by budget cuts during the Great Depression. MARS Operator at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, 1983. The AARS functioned as such until the creation of the Military Affiliate Radio System in November 1948 with the establishment of separate Army and Air Force MARS programs, reflecting the creation of the Air Force as a separate service. During the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War and Gulf War, MARS was most known for its handling of «Marsgram» written messages and providing «phone patches» to allow overseas servicemen to contact their families at home.