Shura: Operation Enduring Freedom Local Leader Engagements
Shura (Arabic for consultation) is not representational in nature as defined in Army Regulation 37-47, Representation Funds of the Secretary of the Army, paragraph 201. The purpose of shura is not to extend courtesies to local leaders, but rather to meet with local civic leaders to discuss recent events, diffuse potential unrest, and foster relations and stability with the local Afghan people. Provincial reconstruction teams (PRT) and agribusiness development teams (ADT) may meet with local leaders to conduct village reconstruction assessments, identify reconstruction projects, and coordinate the reconstruction process. These events should not promote entertainment, mark a holiday, or dedicate a facility.
Commanders should hold events with civic leaders (authorized guests). Authorized guests include but are not limited to local Afghan citizens whose rank, position, function, or stature justifies official courtesies, such as provincial governors and leaders, village elders, and mullahs. Authorized guests may also be distinguished citizens; military personnel; or government officials, national or regional dignitaries, officials of citizens committees, and prominent citizens of local communities who have contributed to or who are needed to achieve U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.
For events with less than 30 attendees, approximately 6 attendees (20 percent) should be authorized guests: a ratio of one authorized guest to four Department of Defense (DOD) personnel.
For events attended by 30 people or more, 15 attendees must be local nationals: a ratio of one authorized guest to one DOD personnel.
Funding thresholds and restrictions
Gifts and alcohol are strictly prohibited using operations and maintenance funding.
Duties and responsibilities
TF commanders (O-6 or above) will review the conference agenda to ensure compliance with the commanding general's guidance, approve requests for funding, and sign all Department of the Army (DA) Forms 3953 (Purchase Request and Commitment [PR&C]). The commander may not delegate this authority.
Battalion and PRT commanders will:
The brigade SJA will review funding requests for legal sufficiency. If legally sufficient, the SJA will forward the package to the appropriate TF commander for approval. If insufficient, the SJA will return the request to the battalion or PRT commander with an attached legal opinion.
The supporting resource manager will ensure each submitted funding packet includes the following prior to certifying funds:
Submit requests for exceptions to policy through the CJTF-101 SJA, Office of the Resource Manager (CJ8), and Civil-Military Operations (CJ9) to the Chief of Staff for approval.