SECDEF Memorandum, Subject: DoD Support of the USO (29 April 1997)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
29 April 1997
MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF UNDER SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH & ENGINEERING ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DIRECTOR, OPERATIONAL TEST & EVALUATION ASSISTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES DIRECTORS OF THE DOD FIELD ACTIVITIES
SUBJECT: DoD Support of the USO
The United Service Organizations (USO) was created by President Franklin Roosevelt and subsequently chartered by the Congress. For more than 56 years, the USO has supported the morale and welfare of the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Virtually all who have served during the past half century have benefited from USO programs and services, currently offered in over 160 locations worldwide, as international beacons that are ever ready to provide a touch of home to our uniformed men and women and their families. Many have also enjoyed USO celebrity entertainment programs in the best traditions of Bob Hope.
DoD personnel including military members on active duty may voluntarily serve in their personal capacities during off-duty time on local USO councils and committees and assist with USO fundraising away from any Federal workplace, provided there is no conflict with the performance of their official duties. …