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Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps!

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 9, 2017

ROA wishes the United States Marine Corps a happy 242nd birthday!


The Marine Corps’ Birthday is on November 10th and celebrates the establishment of the US Marine Corp in 1775.


A Message from the Commandant

“Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing...” Click here for the full message.


242nd Marine Corps Birthday Video

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green speak to Marines and sailors about the importance of teamwork to the success of our corps. Watch the video.


Internal Celebration

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the Marine Corps. Usually, it is marked with a Marine Corps Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. The first ball was held in 1925.


Revolutionary Result

The US Marine Corps started as the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. On that date, the Second Continental Congress decided that they needed 2 battalions of Marines to serve as landing forces with the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). After the war, the Continental Navy was dismantled, and as a consequence the Marines as well. However, after increasing conflict with revolutionary France, the Marine Corps was formally re-established.


US Marine Corps Today

The United States Marine Corps is the US Armed Forces' combined-arms task force on land, at sea, and in the air. It has more than 180,000 active duty personnel as well as almost 40,000 personnel in the Marine Corps Reserve.

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ROA Chaplain's Thoughts: The War to End All Wars

Posted By ROA National Staff, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Celebrating special events and days are part of American life. It is good that we mark those days not only in our history but for our future. It seems to me, there is a necessary connection between our history and knowing just who we are in the present to confidently face our future with more wisdom and fortitude. Click here for the full story.

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Military Reporting of Crimes to be Scrutinized

Posted By ROA National Staff, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The HASC and SASC have vowed to vigorously review how the military services report crimes to civilian agencies after the shooting in Texas.

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DoD Nominations

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, November 6, 2017

The SASC is holding nomination hearings on 7 and 9 November for two important positions that directly affect the National Guard and Reserve.

Dr. Dean L. Winslow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Mr. Shon J. Manasco, Assistant Secretary of the AF for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

The hearings can be viewed here.

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ROA Past National President Nominated to Federal Bench

Posted By Diane Markham, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

President Trump today nominated ROA’s immediate past national president, Col. James R. Sweeney II, USMC (Ret.), to the federal bench. If confirmed, Colonel Sweeney will serve as a district judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. - Semper Fi, Jim!   READ MORE

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Out-of-Pocket Travel Expenses

Posted By ROA National Staff, Monday, October 30, 2017

Last year ROA discussed with the Government Accountability Office the cost of travel for Reserve Component members that often go unreimbursed. They recently completed a study that identified National Guard and Reserve members are incurring costs for Inactive Duty Training and longer duration training or assignments. The report states, “GAO is recommending that DOD collect quality information and conduct an analysis of the potential effects of reservists’ unreimbursed travel expenses on retention, and respond to these risks by considering the costs and benefits of any possible actions to address the identified issues. DOD concurred with this recommendation.” 


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Posted By ROA National Staff, Friday, October 27, 2017

The Chairmen of the HASC and SASC are in the final stretch of finishing the FY 2018 NDAA and believe it will be completed by the end of October.  Details are being worked out with conferees on spending levels but Chairmen Thornberry and McCain say they can reach consensus in the next few days.

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Dues Rebate Payouts

Posted By National Staff, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The National Staff is excited to announce that 13 Departments have qualified to receive their dues rebate. Checks for term dues rebates are in process and will be received by Departments by the end of the month. The following Departments have qualified: Connecticut, Europe, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Nebraska and Ohio have also qualified but just missed the cut off for October checks. They, and any other department qualifying by 1 November will receive their check by the end of November.

If your Department has questions on how to qualify, contact Diane Markham, ROA Director, Administration.

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New Blog Post

Posted By National Staff, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ROA recently posted a new blog to the website: “ROA analysis: Firing people won’t fix the Navy’s problems — “The Navy has a heritage of holding the senior-most officer personally responsible for any and all failures in their command.  However, in the current environment..." Click here for the full story.

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