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AFPAA Membership Information

Thinking about joining AFPAA? The information below should answer most of your questions about AFPAA membership. If it doesn't, please contact our membership chairperson, who will be happy to answer any other questions you might have.

ACTIVE DUTY PAs: Your first two years of membership are free! Learn more here.

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Why Join?

There are probably as many reasons to join AFPAA as there are members.

When you join, you'll receive our annual membership directory. You'll find out what happened to "what's-his-or-her-name" who may now hold a prominent public relations or marketing communications position in a major company, is a broadcasting executive, or has a successful career in pop or classical music. You'll find names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of every AFPAA member. And, when the directory next appears, you'll be in it too.

Members also receive a quarterly newsletter - filled with information on what's happening in Air Force Public Affairs, Broadcasting and Bands; reports about AFPAA activities, and stories about our members.

Each year, at our Annual Reunion and Membership Meeting, you'll get an opportunity to be "re-blued" as we tour active duty installations amid ample opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.

We also have this website to keep you up-to-speed between newsletters and to maintain a convenient resource for members old and new. The website includes current and previous editions of our newsletter, over thirty insightful oral histories from some of the most inflential leaders in the field of public affairs, and for members only, access to a searchable on-line membership directory.

Who Are Our Members?

Our membership is composed of retired, separated, and active duty men and women. Many - well into their second careers - hold PR, marketing and advertising positions in business and industry. Others are college professors, composers, authors, business owners, video producers, fund raisers, studio musicians, journalists, investors, politicians and entrepreneurs. And others just fish, travel, or play golf.

But what we all have in common is an abiding interest in today's United States Air Force and a strong desire to maintain the friendships we have forged in the past.

AFPAA members live in most states and many foreign countries. Areas with the largest concentrations of members include: Washington DC, Texas, Florida, California, and Colorado.

Free Active Duty Membership

If you are an active duty USAF PA (includes Public Affairs, Band, Broadcast and Multimedia fields), you are invited to take advantage of a free, two-year introductory membership.

We are so sure you'll enjoy being a member - once you get to know us - we're offering you your first TWO years free! No hidden fees or required meetings. All we ask is that you participate where and when you can. Nothing more.

You can apply for your free membership here.


You are eligible for AFPAA membership if you have ever served, or are serving now:

  • In Air Force Public Affairs, as a still photographer or videographer (Multimedia), an Air Force Band member, or an Air Force broadcaster.
  • In uniform or as a civilian, officer or enlisted.
  • In the active force or as a member of the Guard or Reserve.

Changing Membership Categories

Members may change membership categories at any time as circumstances permit. To do so, members must notify the Membership Committee of their new status.

For example: When associate members let us know that they have retired, we change their status to full (voting) membership at no additional charge for the remainder of their membership term. They begin to pay the full membership dues rate on their normal renewal date.

Membership Categories

  • Full Members

    • Former Air Force Public Affairs, Air Force Broadcasting Service, or Air Force Band personnel.
    • Military or civilian.
    • Retired or separated.
  • Associate Members

    • Current or former Air Force Public Affairs, Air Force Broadcasting Service, Air Force Band, or Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs personnel.
    • Military or civilian, still in active service.
  • Adjunct Members

    • Spouses, widows or widowers of those eligible to be Full or Associate Members.
  • Affiliate Members

    • A limited number of persons not eligible for membership under any of the above categories may become a member upon favorable recommendation by the Membership Committee and approval by the Board of Directors.