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If you were not in Washington, DC, this past weekend at our ROA national convention, our delegates made big news. It’s my pleasure to announce that by an overwhelming margin on Saturday, the voting members of ROA ratified a change in the organization’s constitution to expand membership to NCOs. If you could spread the word to your members (and prospective NCO members) it would be most appreciated. We’re excited about expanding the voice of ROA. This vote marks the end of a vigorous debate and signals the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for the Reserve Officers Association. As passed, the measure opens the organization’s doors to NCO ranks from all uniformed services.
As members, we're proud of our organization's rich history. As members, we should share an equal measure of pride in the history we have made today. It will take a short while to get our support systems geared up to accept new NCO applications. That should not delay your efforts to “evangelize” the message. Additional information on membership processes, including recruitment, marketing materials and the newly approved dues schedule will be distributed as they are enacted. If you have immediate questions or membership inquiries please contact the member services department at 800.809.9448, option 1.
As amended to the bylaws ROA's new eligibility standards are as follows:
“Any active, retired or former commissioned officer, warrant officer, non-commission officer or petty officer, who at any time upon entering the federal uniformed services took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and, if no longer serving, whose separation occurred under honorable circumstances, is eligible for an active membership.”
It’s an exciting new chapter for ROA. Thanks for your support,
Here’s the release:
WASHINGTON – Members of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) have expanded the organization’s membership eligibility to include non-commissioned officers (NCOs). Delegates to the association’s annual convention overwhelmingly approved the measure over the weekend. The move opens the organization’s doors to NCO ranks from all uniformed services.
With the expansion, ROA, historically known as the nation’s leading advocate for Reservists and their families adds a level of strength to their voice in Washington. Founded in 1922 by veterans of World War I, this adjustment to ROA’s membership is being heralded as a watershed moment for an organization steeped in history.
Speaking to members following the vote, ROA’s newly installed national president Brigadier General Michael Silva, USA (Ret), praised the rationale behind the decision to expand. “This is about more than strengthening our voice on the Hill; it’s about doing what’s right for the total Reserve force.” Underscoring the exemplary service of today’s NCO’s General Silva went on to call the expansion “both strategically necessary and morally right.” Silva continued, “The unique burdens of Reserve duty extend beyond rank and with this vote we’re sending a message to the total force: if you’re a Citizen Warrior, in or out of uniform, you belong with ROA.
Echoing the sentiment was the organization’s executive director Major General Andrew Davis, USMC (Ret). “Today's NCO corps is widely considered the most capable in the history of our military. They have performed and sacrificed on equal footing with our commissioned officers for than a decade and they deserve a strong advocate working on their behalf.”
In a statement to its existing membership of roughly 60,000 commissioned officers, the organization outlined their new eligibility standards: “Any active, retired or former commissioned officer, warrant officer, non-commission officer or petty officer, who at any time upon entering the federal uniformed services took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and, if no longer serving, whose separation occurred under honorable circumstances, is eligible for an active membership.”
The Reserve Officers Association is the 60,000-member professional association for all uniformed services of the United States. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Congress, the President, and the American people on national security, with unique expertise on issues that affect the 1.5 million men and women now serving in America’s Reserve Components.
The Department of Georgia Reserve Officers Association will hold its’ annual convention on 25 and 26 April 2014 at the Consolidated Club on Dobbins ARB, Marietta, Georgia.
The meeting schedule for the Executive Committee in 2013 – 2014 was established:
THOMAS E BRAZIL, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), Department Secretary
New DoGA Chapter Formation in North & South GA
The DoGA Excom at it's recent meeting voted to combine the Dobbins Chapter and the Greater Atlanta Chapter into the Greater North Georgia Chapter 008. The territory of this Chapter 008 will be north of the Gnat Line of I-16 including Augusta and Athens but excluding the Macon & Warner Robins area. This area remains with the Flying Tiger Robins Chapter.
The Greater South Georgia Chapter includes the area south of the I-16 Gnat Line, excluding the Macon-Warner Robins metro area. The cities of Columbus, Savannah, Albany, Valdosta, Tifton, and their surrounding county areas are part of the Greater South GA Chapter.