Who Should Apply for the General Section?

This is the most diverse section in the AAFS.  Individuals applying for membership in the General Section shall be engaged in research, education, practice or management in the following disciplines: Forensic Accounting, Forensic Art & Sculpting, Forensic Aviation and Land Vehicle Accidents (non-engineering degree), Forensic Consulting, Forensic Coroner (non-medical degree), Medicolegal Death Investigator, Forensic Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Education or Research, Forensic Firearms Analyst, Forensic Management & Administration, Forensic Nursing, Forensic Photography, Forensic Radiologist, Forensic Veterinary Science.  This list is not all inclusive.  Please refer to the attached list of accepted disciplines for descriptions.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Reduced registration rate for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Complimentary meeting registration for Student Affiliates in good standing, in exchange for meeting volunteer service
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS)digital subscription for full dues-paying members (Student Affiliates, Retired Members, and Retired Fellows may subscribe at a reduced rate of $45)
  • 30% discount on new and bestselling forensic science books from CRC Press (2020 dues year)
  • AAFS Newsfeed e-alerts
  • Opportunity to serve on Academy-wide and section committees
  • Opportunity to have a voice in AAFS bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.
  • Opportunity to apply for grants, scholarships, and award funding
  • Opportunity to advance to a status (Retired Member/Retired Fellow) that includes complimentary annual dues (Retired Fellows also receive complimentary meeting registration)
  • Access to communicate with fellow forensic professionals in educational, private, research, and governmental fields around the world
  • Assistance in researching JFS archived articles


Student Affiliate
Trainee Affiliate
Associate Member

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