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Reserve Officers Association
Motto "Serving Citizen Warriors Through Advocacy and Education Since 1922"
Formation 1922; Chartered by Congress in 1950
Headquarters One Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, DC
Membership ~63,000

The Reserve Officers Association is a professional association of officers, former officers, and spouses of all the uniformed services of the United States, primarily the Reserve and National Guard. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Congress, the President and the American people on issues of national security, with unique expertise on Reserve issues. ROA advocates for adequate funding of equipment and training requirements, recruiting and retention incentives, and employment rights for all members of the Reserve.



The Reserve Officers Association of the United States (ROA) was founded on October 2, 1922, when several hundred officers, many of them combat veterans of World War I, first gathered with General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack" Pershing at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., to formally establish a new organization.

In the period between the World Wars, the right of the Reservist to appear before Congress in support of appropriations and matters affecting the national defense was established. Also during this time, Reserve programs, which were to prove invaluable in the mobilization period of 1941 and 1942, became established on the foundations laid by the citizen-soldiers who had served in World War I.

During World War II, the Association became inactive "for the duration" as its members went off to war. ROA was reactivated in 1946, and in 1948, Reserve Officers of the Naval Services (RONS) merged with ROA. The Marine Corps and Coast Guard entered at about the same time. When law created a separate Department of the Air Force, for the first time the nation had, in ROA, a Reserve association embracing all the Services.

Public Law 595 of the 81st Congress, second session, was "An Act to Incorporate the Reserve Officers Association of the United States." This act established the objective of ROA: " and promote the development and execution of a military policy for the United States that will provide adequate National Security." President Harry S. Truman, one of the early members of ROA, signed the charter on June 30, 1950.[1]

Basic facts

  • ROA membership is open to all federally commissioned officers and warrant officers, and their spouses, from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps, plus the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • ROA holds a congressional charter, and is established in public law as a corporation to support and promote military policies that will provide adequate national security.
  • ROA members are major participants in the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR), Interallied Confederation of Reserve Medal Officers (CIOMR), and Pan American Union of Reserve Officers of the Armed Forces (UPORFA), international organizations that hold annual events in Europe and South America. All national Reserve officer organizations of NATO have joined CIOR since its founding in 1948.[2]

Advocacy and legislative priorities

The ROA has a long history of strong and effective legislative activity and can claim many legislative victories on behalf of the nation’s warrior citizens, such as drill and retirement pay. Today’s legislative priorities, largely shaped by the requirements of the War on Terrorism, are:

  • Reset the whole force to include fully funding equipment and training for the National Guard and Reserves.
  • Provide adequate resources and authorities to support the current recruiting and retention requirements of the Reserves and National Guard.
  • Support warriors, families, and survivors.
  • Assure that the Reserve and National Guard continue in a key national defense role, both at home and abroad.

Advocacy successes

Some of ROA's most notable and recent successes:

  • Established Tricare Reserve Select, and got gray-area retiree access to Tricare.
  • Increased the threshold of active duty days a Reserve member is allowed to accrue over a year three times over the course of decades.
  • Obtained travel reimbursements for monthly training.
  • Helped implement a GI Bill for the 21st Century.
  • Helped improve the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reservists.
  • Protected Tricare Reserve Select premiums.
  • Ensured Citizen Warriors are treated fairly by the Veterans Benefits Administration.
  • Doubled basic allowance for housing to Reserve Component members who are called up in support of a contingency operations.
  • Substantially affected the outcome of The Commission on the National Guard and Reserve final report recommendations, most of which were adopted.
  • Ensured proper funding for equipment and training for Guard and Reserve forces.
  • Protected the establishment of a National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation.
  • Highlighted health-care delivery gaps in coverage and continuity of care by DoD and Veterans Affairs.
  • Protected the future of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
  • Helped improve the partnerships between the Reserve Components and troops’ civilian employers.
  • Protected the military member’s right to vote.[3]

Programs and services

Defense Education Forum

ROA's Defense Education Forum (DEF) produces a series of high level programs featuring renowned experts speaking to topics including homeland security, civil affairs, terrorism, continuum of service, USERRA, and civilian-military relations. Through its professional development seminars, DEF also provides for serving Reserve officers of all the branches professional networking opportunities, on-site mentoring, briefings by senior Department of Defense officials, access to government and military service leaders, personal career information, leadership skills, and training opportunities.[4]

Servicemembers Law Center

ROA's Servicemembers Law Center specializes in educating employers and part-time warriors about the Uniformed Servicemembers Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and military voting rights. The Servicemembers Law Center coordinates the activities of lawyers and legal service providers who seek to help servicemembers in these areas of the law nationwide, and files amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs on behalf of ROA in USERRA and SCRA cases that have national significance.[5]

The Officer Journal

ROA produces a bimonthly journal, The Officer, which focuses largely on national security and defense policy. Each issue has a column covering each branch of the armed forces, a Law Review detailing Reservists' civil rights, the National Security Report, a scholarly paper on some aspect of national security, and the annual year-end issue features contributions from all of the Reserve Components' top commanders. The magazine goes to ROA members, plus all flag and general officers in the Department of Defense and every member of Congress.[6]


ROA Headquarters, Minuteman Memorial Building, Washington, DC

ROA is organized into 55 departments, one in each of the 50 states, plus departments in Latin America, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Far East and Puerto Rico. Each department is further divided into regional chapters. There are more than 550 chapters worldwide.

ROA's leadership consists of elected national officers, and ROA's business activites are conducted by a national staff located in Washington, DC.


Each year, delegates to the annual national convention elect new leaders to serve as principal officers and members of the National Executive Committee. The principal officers for 2009-2011 are:

  • National President: RADM Paul T. Kayye, USNR (Ret.)
  • National President Elect: COL Walker M. Williams, III, USAF (Ret.)
  • Immediate Past President: COL D. Ladd Pattillo, USAR (Ret.)
  • Vice President, Army: BG Michael J. Silva, USAR
  • Vice President, Air Force: COL Scott S. Russell, USAFR
  • Vice President, Naval Services: CDR Rafael A. Ortiz, USCGR

Twenty-three other National Executive Committee members and National Officers are appointed by the president or elected by the membership.

Full-Time Staff Directors

  • Executive Director: MG David Bockel, USA (Ret.)
  • Director, Legislation & Naval Services: CAPT Marshall Hanson, USNR (Ret.)
  • Director, Defense Education & Army Affairs: LTC Robert Feidler, USAR (Ret.)
  • Director, Communications & Air Force Affairs: Mr. David Small
  • Director, Servicemembers Law Center: CAPT Samuel F. Wright, JAGC, USNR (Ret.)
  • Director, Member Services: COL William Holohan, USMCR (Ret.)
  • Director, Resource Development: Mr. J. Richard Thralls
  • Director, Industry Affairs: Ms. Lani Burnett

Organizational Meetings

Legislative policies and election of national officers are handled at a national convention, held annually in Washington, DC. Each department sends delegates to the convention in proportion to the number of members in the department.

The 2010 National Convention and Reserve Component Expo will be held February 7-10, at the Washington Hilton.[7]

External links


  1. ^ A Little History
  2. ^ ROA Factsheet 2009
  3. ^ ROA Legislative Agenda
  4. ^ Defense Education Forum
  5. ^ Servicemembers Law Center
  6. ^ The Officer Online
  7. ^ ROA Factsheet 2009


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