DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (PDI)
I'd like to attend the next
PDI. How can I do that?
You can always pay your own
way and sign up individually. Check the ASMC web
around February of each year for information on
registration. Most people however have their
organizations pay for the event with training funds.
Speak with your training monitor or ASMC service
representative for your service's specific procedures.
I've asked my organization to
send me to PDI, but due to limited funds, I still can't
go. Now what?
There may be several other
ways to get your organization to sponsor you to PDI.
Many units send those people who are officers in their
local chapter. Also, your service may be willing to
send you if you volunteer to be a speaker at one of the
workshops. Another way may be to compete for a
national-level ASMC award. If you win, you would be
presented the award at PDI, and your unit may consider
paying for your trip.
Why do the luncheons cost so
Contrary to popular
opinion, we do not make a profit from the luncheons.
We charge what the vendor charges us. Unfortunately,
Washington D.C. is a high cost area. We've
thoroughly researched different locations around the
National Capital Region and we found it very difficult to
locate a place charging less than $20 unless we settle on
a sandwich and chips. The Holiday Inn at the
Eisenhower Metro provides a decent buffet with good
service, and has worked with the chapter to keep costs
Why can't the luncheons be
held closer to the Pentagon (Crystal City, Rosslyn, Naval
We are always faced with a
tradeoff -- lower priced luncheons farther away from the
city center versus higher priced luncheons the closer we
get to the Pentagon. The chapter must strike a
balance between costs and convenience. Most of our
membership works in or near the Pentagon, but we must also
consider those members from outlying locations that find
the Pentagon inconvenient.
Why can't the luncheons be
held at a military base to reduce costs?
For two primary reasons: 1)
Since September 11th, security has become a major
issue. The logistics required to process a large
group onto a military base, to include some people who do
not possess a military ID, is challenging, and 2) the
military bases in this area are not serviced directly by
subway, which is a limiting factor for attendance.
Many of our members rely on public transportation and are
without cars during the day.
How do I renew my lapsed
Headquarters as they keep track of all memberships.
You can e-mail them directly from their web site:
My membership didn't transfer
when I moved from one base to another. How can I transfer
Headquarters as they keep track of all membership
changes. You can e-mail them from their web page:
Am I eligible to become a
Perhaps. Do you meet any of
the following criteria? If so, you are welcome to become a
- persons who are or have been employed as professionals
in the military comptrollership field and who, to remain
in good standing, have paid the appropriate dues and
Life Members - people who are Active Members who
have been in good standing for twenty consecutive years,
or who are past National Presidents.
Associate Members - persons who, though not
qualified for Active or Life Membership, demonstrate an
interest in the military comptrollership field and who
to remain in good standing, have paid the appropriate
dues and fees.
Honorary Members - conferred upon persons making
significant contributions to military comptrollership
who are not eligible for, or who would not otherwise be
expected to join, one of the other classes of
Corporate Members - corporations that demonstrate
an interest in the military comptrollership field and
who to remain in good standing, have paid the
appropriate dues and fees.
I have an idea for a luncheon
speaker (or article). Who should I tell?
Please contact your ASMC
Service Vice President or Service Assistant
Secretary. Their names and numbers can be found on
this web site under: Chapter
Info >> Executive
Board >> Officers
Each luncheon is sponsored
by a specific service, and the sponsors are often looking
for potential speakers and newsletter articles.
Speakers should appeal to a wide military audience since
our chapter has members from Army, Air Force, Navy,
Marines, Coast Guard, DFAS, other Defense Agencies, and
DoD focused corporations. Articles can be on any
professional topic (like stress management or leadership),
or a technical topic (like procurement of a major Army
weapon system), but can also be a human-interest
story. Some of our best articles come from people
who write about their jobs.
I would like to participate
in an AMSC community service project, but I can't get time
off from work. How can I still help?
We all can contribute in
many different ways. Some people are fortunate
enough to take a few hours off from work to help with our
annual Toys for Tots Drive, while others take the time to
simply purchase a toy for a needy child. Some people
volunteer a few hours on a weekend to help with our
Habitat for Humanity projects. Others find time to
deliver stuffed animals to local children's wards in our
annual Bunnies for Babies drive, while others bring canned
goods to our luncheons to support a local homeless
shelter. Our policy is "Help when and where you
can. We appreciate whatever you can