Benefits of Membership

AFSA is pleased to offer a variety of exclusive benefits to our members to enhance the value of membership in the association. We are always looking into ways to increase the number of these benefits, and welcome ideas.

(Note that not all benefits are available to every membership category. Which benefits are available to which member category is indicated in the table below. AD = Active Duty Membership, RT = Retired Membership, and AS = Associate Membership.)

Benefit AD RT AS

Voice of the Foreign Service

As the professional association of the Foreign Service since 1924, AFSA works to strengthen our profession and is ever vigilant for threats to the career Foreign Service.


The Foreign Service Journal

Our monthly magazine offers provocative articles that will keep you current on developments in the foreign affairs profession. The AFSA News section highlights issues impacting your daily life.

Labor Management Relations

AFSA negotiates the regulations affecting employees' careers. We work to make the Foreign Service a better place in which to work, live, and raise a family. Our network of AFSA Post Reps provides on-site assistance to overseas members.


Congressional Advocacy

AFSA is your advocate before Congress on issues affecting the careers of active members and the annuities of retired members.


Counseling and Advice

AFSA assists members with problems related to annuities, claims, health care and other retirement issues.


Legal Services

Free legal advice and representation on employment issues, including security and OIG investigations.


Grievance Representation

AFSA's legal staff provides hands-on assistance with grievance proceedings when your rights are violated.



We work to resolve member problems with pay, allowances, claims, annuities, health care, and many other issues.


AFSA Newsletter

AFSA produces a bimonthly newsletter targeted to retired members and those nearing retirement.


AFSA communicates the views of the Foreign Service on professional issues to the news media and directly to the general public.


Events and Discussions

AFSA coordinates a speakers program nationwide of top Foreign Service officials and other distinguished experts who discuss key issues and how they relate to U.S. foreign policy.

AFSA Community

The AFSA Community provides that forum for a membership that is spread out across the globe. We are excited to enter into this new phase of member collaboration by providing AFSA members an environment to connect, engage and share experiences.

Esprit de Corps

AFSA works to build a sense of common cause and professional pride between all Foreign Service members -- active and retired; officer and specialist; junior and veteran.


AFSA Website

Provides online guidance and information for Foreign Service professionals.

Daily Media Digest

A daily news digest of news stories, opinion pieces and blog posts about issues affecting Foreign Service members.

AFSA Scholarships

AFSA grants around 100 merit and financial need scholarships a year to Foreign Service family members.


AFSA Awards

Unique awards program honoring constructive dissent, outstanding performance and lifetime contributions to American diplomacy.


AFSA Memorial Tribute

The online AFSA Memorial Tribute offers a place to honor all Foreign Service members, those who died while on active-duty as well as those who died after retirement, and to recognize their service. We invite you to share your memories and stories of your deceased colleagues, family members and friends.

Magazine Discounts

Member-only discounts to major foreign affairs journals.

Retiree Directory

Annual directory of AFSA's retiree members, mailed to each retiree member around the beginning of each year.


Retiree Groups

AFSA helps bring retirees together by assisting Foreign Service associations throughout the country.


Vendor and Retailer Discounts

  • Zipcar: Significant annual fee and hourly rate discounts at Zipcar, the world's premier car club and sharing service. Click here for additional details.
  • Brooks Brothers: AFSA members receive 15% off purchases in stores, online and by phone. To enroll, click here. (Enter organization ID# 11232 and Pin Code# 79186).
  • Ford's Theater: AFSA members receive a 20% discount on tickets.
  • Vonage: Members who subscribe to Vonage through AFSA will receive a $99 credit, provided in equal installments as bill credits to their monthly service fee in Month 4 through Month 12 following their initial subscription to Vonage. Click here for more information. (New customers only.)

AFSA Bookstore

AFSA provides an online purchase service in association with! Though many of these books may be found elsewhere on the Internet and in local bookstores, we encourage you to use the AFSA Bookstore as each sale made through our links to creates revenue for AFSA at no extra cost to the buyer.