Red Cross services are available in the following categories:
(1) For able-bodied personnel and their dependents
(a) Consultation and guidance on Personal and family problems.
(b) Assistance with communication on behalf of service personnel and families when normal
methods of correspondence have broken down. The Red Cross may make inquiries on
behalf of either one or the other to help relieve anxiety.
(c) At the request of the commanding officer, the Red Cross will obtain confidential reports
on home conditions which are used in evaluating applications for emergency leave,
reassignment, deferment from overseas assignment and hardship discharge. Such reports
assist all responsible parties in arriving at a fair decision.
(d) May provide supplemental information regarding Federal and State legislation
concerning allotments, allowances, insurance, civil relief and other benefits. Provides
assistance in securing these benefits for discharged and disabled servicemen, their
dependents and survivors.
Commanders desiring the services of volunteer Red Cross workers to assist the paid staff, will
request them from the local Red Cross director. Information relating to the loyalty and acceptance of
Red Cross personnel on duty at Army installations will be furnished to the Department of the Army
The United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO)
The USO is a voluntary civilian agency which services the religious, spiritual, social, welfare
and educational needs of men and women in the Armed Forces. Through its world-wide network of
clubs, lounges and related services, the USO has become recognized as a "home away from home" for
men and women in uniform, wherever they may be stationed. AR 930-1 governs the utilization of USO
The USO brings together six member organizations:
The Young Men's Christian Association.
The National Catholic Community Service.
The National Jewish Welfare Board.
The Young Women's Christian Association.