GAO Study on Mental Health Access

GAO is completing a study on mental health treatment services for members of the Armed Forces and ROA sat down with them to give the Reserve Component perspective. GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

They contacted ROA, “Because ROA represents the interests of military servicemembers, GAO is interested in learning about issues related to the availability of, and access to, mental health treatment services within the Military Health System.”

NCOs in the ROA

During the 2015 ROA Annual Convention in Washington, DC, President of ROA's Department of Florida, Senior Master Sergeant Shane Smith, USAFR, tells ROA's Executive Director Jeff Phillips about his experiences as an Non-Commissioned Officer in the Reserve Officers Association.

Army Reserve Featured at Think Tank Program

By Bob Feidler, Army Director, ROA

The Army Reserve and several of its leaders were featured recently at a program sponsored by the Center for Security and International Studies (CSIS), a distinguished Washington DC based think tank.

Featured speakers included Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve, and Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) who is also a brigadier general in the Army Reserve. The program had two panels: one highlighted the role of an Army Reservist as a Citizen Soldier and the other focused on the role of the Army Reserve at home and abroad.

ROA Advocates for Registering Females for the Selective Service

On June 15, ROA met with Senator Gillibrand’s staffer Ryan Walsh and presented Resolution 13-03 requesting that women be required to register for the Selective Service. ROA argued Selective Service Registration was important for national security and equal treatment. In regards to national security, ROA argued, given that national security risks have been increasing for more than a decade, it is imperative that the country is prepared for any possible national emergency ranging from epidemics to military threats from abroad.

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UPORFA 2015 Congress

2015 UPORFA Congress Lima, Peru September 23-26, 2015 The UPORFA Congress is a valued added for your military education and professional development with an opportunity to practice your Spanish with participants from Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Registration The registration fee for attendees UPORFA registration is $355. The cost for spouses/guests is $165. Click here to download the registration form. Registrations must be submitted to ROA HQ at no later than 1 September 2015. Registration includes: pick up and return to Lima, Peru airport (LIM); conference admin fees; wel...

ROA Hosts Army Reserve MSO/VSO Forum

by Bob Feidler, Army Director

ROA hosted a meeting 28 May with the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve to discuss issues affecting Reservists and their families.

ROA Testifies With Senate Veterans Affairs Committee

Recently Jeff Phillips, ROA Executive Director, testified with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC).

MCRMC Retirement Proposal—More than meets the eye

Three components that should be considered in judging the MCRMC retirement proposal (MCRMC final report recommendation 1):  20+ years retirement pay, Thrift Savings Pay (TSP), and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). 

20+ Year Retirement Pay:  The MCRMC retirement proposal reduces the annuity from 2.5 percent to 2.0 percent.  The .5 percent difference is then used by the services for the continuation pay lump-sum payment at the 12-year point.  The 0.5 percent is not lost, it is shifted to this lump-sum payment.  (There was a partial lump-sum payment for Guard and Reserve members in the MCRMC recommendation at the 20-year point, but it was not supported by the House Armed Services Committee; ROA will continue to get this provision included.)

Air Force Reserve has “same standard, same qualifications” as USAF

General Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff, was enthusiastic and unequivocal in his praise and support of the Air Force Reserve while speaking at “Defense One,” April 22.  The discussion hit topics from budget woes, recapitalization, and terrorism, to Reserve Component readiness.  He is “excited about the total force” and how the RC maintains readiness and executes its missions as well as anyone in the Active Component.  The Reserves have the “same standard, same qualifications,” he said; and he plans to “grow the Guard and Reserve, put more mission capability” into the RC


WOMEN IN COMBAT: Where They Stand

On 27 April 2015 Women in International Security, Alliance for National Defense, the Reserve Officer’s Association and No Exceptions will host a half day event to examine what has changed for US servicewomen since the 2013 rescission of the Department of Defense ground combat exclusion policy. Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036 Program:• Combat Integration: Comparing and Assessing Approaches The Services and SOCOM have been invited to provide an update on their integration efforts. A series of panels will analyze, comp...