Active Duty Membership

Since 1924, AFSA has championed many improvements in the professional standing and quality of life for Foreign Service Personnel. This membership program is for active-duty Foreign Service personnel at the Department of State, USAID, FCS, FAS, APHIS and BBG. Membership is available to all Foreign Service employee, regardless of career status (i.e. employees who have not yet been tenured are eligible for membership).

Who Is a Bargaining Unit Member?

AFSA is the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit, which encompasses all Foreign Service employees of State, USAID, FCS, FAS, APHIS and BBG, as defined by the 1980 Foreign Service Act, with the following exceptions. Employees currently serving in positions designated as "management officials" or "confidential employees are excluded from the bargaining unit, as are employees engaged in personnel work (in other than a purely clerical capacity) and those assigned to carry out functions of the Office of the Inspector General. In practical terms, this means that those excluded are Foreign Service members serving as chief of mission, deputy chief of mission, management counselors or management officers, human resources officers, Regional Security Officers and Office Management Specialists who work in the front office or for a management counselor. However, there may be exceptions to these guidelines, so members should contact AFSA headquarters if questions arise as to whether a specific employee is in the bargaining unit. Please bear in mind that non-bargaining unit employees can still be regular AFSA members.

Benefits of AFSA Membership

AFSA offers a variety of benefits that are exclusive to our members. Please click here to learn more about these benefits.

How Do I Join?

Click here to sign up for active-duty AFSA membership. If you would like to request payroll deductions for your dues, click here for the required payroll deduction form.

Member Dues

Category 2017 Annual 2017 Biweekly
SFS $403.55 $15.50
FS 1, 2, 3 $312.00 $12.00
FS 4, 5, 6 $178.65 $6.85
FS 7, 8, 9 $94.45 $3.65

Contact Us!

AFSA’s membership department stands ready to help you with any question or concern you may have. Please feel free to get in touch with us at any time, and we will do our very best to assist you:

  • Renee Thomas, Membership Representative, (202) 338-4045, ext 525
  • Todd Thurwachter, Retiree Counselor, (202) 944-5509
  • Ana Lopez, Administrative Assistant and Office Manager, (202) 338-4045

We have recently introduced a secure online web portal; we encourage you to log in for most member services – renewing a membership, joining AFSA, making a donation, changing your address, updating your information, etc. To log in to the online section of the AFSA website, visit ams.afsa.org/eweb or click on the login icon in the upper right hand corner of the AFSA website. Simply click on the pencil icon on the “My Profile” page to edit your information. IMPORTANT: AFSA members do not need to create a new account or register, only log in on the right side of the webpage. All members have existing accounts and can log in immediately. To log in for the first time, use your primary email address as your username. Use your last name in all lowercase letters as your password. You will be directed to update your password after you log in. We hope you enjoy this new member benefit. If you have any questions or would prefer to opt out please email us at member@afsa.org.