Starting out as a Regional Armed Services Liaison Officer (ASLO)
Suggested points to help a new Regional Armed Services Liaison Officer get started.
Talk to the outgoing or previous ASLO about what
Armed Services Liaison work has been performed in your Region before you were appointed
to the post. Hopefully the outgoing or previous ASLO will be able to carry out
a full handover, including records of the work performed, contacts, and
If there has been no Regional ASLO in post for
some time, talk to current or previous Intergroup ASLOs and/or the Regional
Chair and Intergroup Chairs, who should know about any Armed Services Liaison work
carried out by Public Information or other officers in the absence of ASLOs in
Read the sections Chapter One: Public Information and Chapter Two: AA and the Armed Services in The AA Service Handbook for Great Britain. Familiarity with the
whole of The AA Service Handbook for
Great Britain and The AA Structure
Handbook for Great Britain is advised, but these two chapters are the most relevant
to the liaison work.
Get to know who else is in service at Regional
level in your Region, in particular the other external liaison officers.
Through your Regional Board Trustee, you can
make contact with the Board Trustee for Armed Services, to introduce yourself
and find out about any developments nationally.
Make contact as soon as possible with the
Intergroup ASLOs in your Region (or other officers performing Armed Services
Liaison work—for instance the PI officer).
Liaise with Intergroup Chairs in Intergroups
with no ASLO in place to discuss presenting at Intergroup meetings to encourage
prospective Intergroup ASLOs into service.
Take up the role of chair of quarterly Armed
Services Liaison meetings in your Region—the Regional ASLO normally chairs
these, and they are attended also by the Intergroup ASLOs. Others may also be
invited, for instance the Chairs of Intergroups with no ASLOs, and ASLOs from
neighbouring Regions and Intergroups. These meetings are good for coordinating
activities and ensuring that areas with no ASLO are covered by ASLOs from
neighbouring Intergroups—in agreement with the relevant Chairs—either
reactively (responding to incoming queries) or proactively (actively seeking
opportunities to carry the message).
Make yourself available to the Intergroup ASLOs
to share experience, strength, and hope.
Attend all Regional Committee Meetings,
Assemblies, Workshops, etc.
In preparation for these, draw up and submit to
the secretary, where so requested, a report covering your activities and the
activities of the Intergroup ASLOs within your Region.
Be prepared to attend special Workshops at GSO
in York (a maximum of one a year, usually on a Friday and Saturday). These are
called by the Board Trustee for Armed Services.
In coordination with Intergroup ASLOs, draw up a
plan for actively carrying the message to relevant organisations within the
Region—both at local (Intergroup) level and at a higher (Regional) level.
British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy sites.
particular, focus on contact with welfare branches, e.g. the Army Welfare
Service, Army HIVES, Departments of
Community Mental Health (DCMHs), the
Other Ministry of Defence sites.
The Public Health Departments of Local
Authorities, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, and other NHS bodies with
for veterans’ health, including NHS-organised Armed Forces Network events.
Headquarters and branches of charities assisting
serving persons and veterans. These can be found by searching online
for ‘service charities’. There is an umbrella organisation of such charities, along
with various other listings.
Ensure your local telephone office or service
has your contact details, should an Armed Services Liaison-specific enquiry
If you are stuck or confused, ask for help, from
current or former ASLOs in your or other Regions, from other liaison officers
in your Region, from the Chair of your Region, or from the Board Trustee for
Armed Services. Whatever problem you are having, someone else has likely
encountered that problem and solved it.
remember that Armed Services Liaison work—like all liaison work within
AA—requires a team effort.