Active Members. Active Membership is available to men and women who satisfy one of the following criteria:
1. Service in the Armed Forces of any past or present member nation of the Commonwealth, including wartime service in the Merchant Marine; or
2. Members of the Diplomatic or Consular services or Trade Commissioners of any past or present member nation of the Commonwealth; or
3. Recipients of a decoration by the British Crown; or
4. Men and women who are serving or who have served in the armed forces of any nation allied with the Commonwealth, who were also attached for duty for a significant period to any of the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth or whose military, naval or air unit served under direct command of an armed force of the Commonwealth; or
5. Direct lineal descendants of Active Members or former Active Members of The British United Services Club of Los Angeles; or
6. British subjects, former British subjects or citizens of a past or present member nation of the Commonwealth who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America; or
7. Persons who (i) have been Associate Members (as defined below) for a period of one year, (ii) have demonstrated their commitment to and support of the objectives of the Club, as outlined in the preamble, and (iii) have submitted an application for a change of status, together with written recommendations from three Active Members. Following the unanimous approval of the Executive Committee by secret ballot, the application for change of status to Active Member will be granted.
Associate Members. Associate Membership is available to:
1. British Subjects, former British Subjects, or citizens of a past or present member nation of the Commonwealth, or
2. Men or women who are members or former members of the Armed Forces of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard or who, by reason of their standing in the community, are considered desirable as members.
The Membership Process
Attend Club Meetings as a Guest of a Member
Membership is by invitation only. An invitation will be extended only after the prospective member is invited to Club meetings by a current member and properly introduced. We encourage prospective members to meet as many of the members of the Club as possible and Members should have ample opportunity to meet and become familiar with the prospective member. This generally means that the prospective member should plan to attend at least two meetings before being proposed for full membership in BUSC.
If you are not acquainted with a member of BUSC but believe you may be qualified and are interested in joining, click here to CONTACT US to submit an Inquiry Card. A qualified representative will reply directly to you by phone and/or email (your choice) to discuss your potential eligibility. Pending this initial contact you will then be invited to attend at least two of our meetings as the guest of a current member who will then help pursue full membership in BUSC.
A prospective member must be proposed by two members of the Club in good standing (one of whom may be an Associate Member), each of whom, together with the prospective member, must complete and submit a Proposal for Membership for consideration by the Executive Committee (EC).
The prospective member must furnish his/her sponsor with acceptable evidence of eligibility for membership, as appropriate, such as a copy of commissioning orders, discharge orders, citations, awards and/or decorations. These exhibits must be attached to the Proposal for Membership when the sponsor(s) submit it to the Honorary Secretary for consideration by the EC.
Once BUSC members have had a chance to meet a prospective member during at least two of its social meetings and the EC has considered a proposal for membership in the Club, the candidate may then be formally installed and recognized with credentials at the next dinner event.