Requesting an Army Asset
Community outreach is
important to the Army because your community is our community. In every state, our Army family has a vested interest in supporting your and our hometowns. Whether aerial support, a band, a color guard or a guest speaker for special events and military appreciation days at sporting events, the Army has several programs to help connect our Soldiers with the American people and integrate our involvement into events in cities and towns across the country.
While the Army strives to support all requests for public events, there are certain requirements requestors should understand prior to requesting assets.
First, real-world incidences and training requirements may diminish the Army's ability to support all public events and aircraft requests submitted and scheduled, so assignments are subject to cancellation at the last moment to care for the nation's defense.
Second, Armed Forces participation in public events will be at no additional cost to the government based on Department of Defense policies. The event sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard military services allowance for quarters and meals for all military servicemembers and for others which have been determined in advance and agreed to by the sponsor.
Finally, Armed Forces musical units are organized for ceremonial and traditional purposes and in support of recruiting activities. For some public activities, however, they may be authorized to provide certain specified presentations, such as patriotic programs. They are not permitted to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or social music for public or private events in competition with the customary or regular employment of local civilian musicians. Limited resources permit only one musical unit to perform at an event, and the Armed Forces reserve the right to cancel support to sponsors who have scheduled more than one such military unit.