ROA supports retirement reform to increase options

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.

ROA developing TRICARE Reserve Choice to improve RC healthcare

ROA developing TRICARE Reserve Choice to improve RC healthcare

ROA opposes merger of military exchanges and commissaries; supports improving commissary efficiencies

ROA opposes merger of military exchanges and commissaries; supports improving commissary efficiencies

Among its fifteen recommendations, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Committee chartered by Congress to suggest ways to modernize the uniformed services’ compensation and retirement system, arrived at a recommendation to merge DoD’s Commissaries and Exchanges under a consolidated “Defense Resale Activity (DeRA).

ROA supports establishment of Joint Readiness Command

Among its fifteen recommendations, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Committee chartered by Congress to suggest ways to modernize the uniformed services’ compensation and retirement system, arrived at one recommendation establishing a four-star “joint readiness command.”

In its views to the Congress on the MCRMC’s recommendations, ROA agrees with establishment of a joint readiness command as proposed by the commission; the JRC would be directed by a uniformed four-star commander, with a commensurate divestiture by DHA of all but the support mission, as determined in coordination with the new JRC.

Further, ROA recognizes the opportunity created by the establishment of the JRC to ensure RC integration commensurate with its contributions to military medicine.  ROA thus urged Congress – given the reliance of the armed forces on the Reserve Component for medical capabilities, the recognition within the military of the RC’s performance, and the importance of component integration – to ensure that the JRC proportionately allocate billets and training to members of the RC in appropriate specialties. 

ROA further urged that RC officers and senior noncommissioned officers are assigned to key leadership positions, including the command’s three-star deputy commander role.

 

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2015 ROA National Convention

Registration coming soon! Agenda Please see the DRAFT Agenda here. Location Marriott Wardman Park Hotel 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20008 ROA has a room block for the ROA National Convention at the Wardman Park Marriott. Room Rate is $199 plus 14.5% applicable tax. Deadline to make reservations is July 9, 2015.   How to make reservations: 1.     Call 1-800-228-9290 or 202-328-2000.  Reference the ROA National Convention room block. 2.     Book online by clicking here.  Or the full link is: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=13721394  

ROA Honors Johnson & Johnson and Huntington Ingalls Industries

Reserve Officers Association Nathan Hale Awards go to Johnson & Johnson and Huntington Ingalls Industries

CEOs to be recognized for serving the nation’s Reserve Components at the Reserve Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 16, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) honored Johnson & Johnson and Huntington Ingalls Industries for their support of our nation’s Reserve Components and veterans at its annual STARS Foundation Gala March 17.

America's Army in 2015

In the face of growing threats and a volatile security environment, the army – as a result of budget cuts and sequestration – is dramatically cutting back in personnel and modernization. To cope with these challenges the Army has developed five focus areas:

MCRMC: Where is the “net pay neutral” position?

Military Compensation Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC)

Recommendation 1 for Pay and Retirement: Where is the “net pay neutral” position?

Have you heard of “blended families” as the new normal? The Military Compensation Retirement Modernization Commission suggests “blended retirements” for the new normal among military members and their families. A blended retirement is a portable retirement savings 401(k) plan with retention benefits and bonuses paid at milestones along the military career path. ROA suggests that thinking in terms of the “net pay neutral” position may help understand the retirement recommendation.

ROA Member Key to Passage of Year’s First Bill - “Hire More Heroes Act of 2015"

By unanimous vote, the first bill passed in 2015, the “Hire More Heroes Act of 2015” (H.R. 22), would facilitate the hiring of veterans by businesses eyeing the costs of healthcare coverage.

“I am honored to have been part of this historic piece of veteran legislation,” said Bradley Levite, an Army Reserve major and ROA member. Levite, was singled out by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), as the first to bring this issue to the Representative which resulted in it being introduced as H.R. 22.

Businesses that employ 50 or more full-time employees must offer healthcare; the act exempts veterans from that headcount, making it easier for businesses to hire vets.

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Today, ROA attended a briefing to review the commission report recommendations prior to public release. Chaiman Alphonso Maldon, Jr., thanked the Military Service Organizations and Veteran Service Organizations for their input.

ROA testified before the commission on November 13, 2013 and met with commissioners April 10, 2014. Additionally, commission members met with more than 100,000 active duty service members, Reserve Component members, veterans, retirees, and their families. They also interacted with 150 government agencies, military advocates, research institutions, and related interest groups.

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