Submitted by kmatthews on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 00:00
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 Unión Panamericana de Oficiales de Reserva de las Fuerzas Armadas (UPORFA) Congress will be held in Lima, Peru, 23-26 September 2015. More details to follow!
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.
Recently Jeff Phillips, ROA Executive Director, testified with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC).
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.)
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
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.
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...
Did you know that under the current military retirement system 83 percent of enlisted servicemembers and 51 percent of officers never receive any retirement funds, unlike their civilian counterparts? Under the proposed Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, 100 percent of servicemembers would be eligible for retirement savings.