Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association


What we have done

Together we are changing the world

We have helped soldiers in over 100 countries, reaching nearly 1 million people around the world through 1,000 programs.

Health Care

  • Blocked 27% cut in Medicare and TRICARE payments.
  • Won provision limiting percentage increases in TRICARE Prime fees to COLA.
  • Won provisions aimed at reducing stigma associated with mental health.

Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Issues

  • Won 1.6% military pay raise to match private sector pay growth.
  • Won skills/transition training for service members approaching separation date.
  • Improved reemployment rights protection for National Guard members.
  • Won requirement for DoD report on potential expansion of Homeowner Assistance Program.
  • Won transition services upgrades for separating service members.

Retirement and Survivor Issues

  • Expanded death gratuity protections for Reserve members on inactive duty.
  • Required GAO review of space-available travel options for current ineligible retirees/survivors.
  • Won requirement for DoD report on expedited process for disability.
  • Won requirement for DoD report on consolidating service disability evaluation.

Veterans and Other Issues

  • Won requirement for DoD report on education programs for members and spouses.
  • Won requirement for GAO report on programs to promote military spouse.
  • Won extension of employer tax incentives for hiring unemployed veterans.
  • Re-opened educational/training benefits for older unemployed veterans.


We represent the interests of the military community (active duty, retired, guard/reserve, family members, and survivors) through testimony before Congress and personal contact with elected officials, congressional staffers, and representatives of the Department of Defense and other executive branch agencies.