The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an entity of and operates under the auspices of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). You are not required to exclude yourself or resign from membership in other emergency communication programs or activities because of your involvement in ARES.
The actual intent and spirit of ARES is meant to foster cooperative assistance and training with any formal or informal program or activity that assists or directly serves the common good in the community, county, state (AuxComm), federal entity (FEMA, MARS, etc.), or Volunteer Organization (ARC, SATERN, etc.). This cooperation with other EmComm entities is well documented on the ARRL web site.
There are, however, special purpose programs in ARES – Mutual Assistance Team, Strike Team, and Hospital network, that have the expectation of commitment to service and engagement. Some of the EmComm roles are critical to the group’s response in a real emergency. Successful and reputable response to a significant emergency is not possible without committed leaders and communicators. If critical personnel cannot meet the expectation of committed service, they should step down or be replaced.
Section Manager, GA