Who We Are

“I’m joining ROA because you’re representing what I need, not what the Pentagon is telling you I need.” 
- Reserve Component Colonel Upon Joining ROA


The Reserve Officers Association of the United States, now known as the Reserve Organization of America to reflect its all-ranks membership, was founded during the difficult years after the first world war. ROA continues to serve the Guard and Reserve components in an era where the need is greater than ever before. 

ROA is America’s only exclusive advocate for the Reserve and National Guard – all ranks, all services. With a sole focus on support of the Reserve and National Guard, ROA promotes the interests of Reserve Component members, their families, and veterans of Reserve service; and a legislative campaign that ensures the readiness of our Reserve force. Together, ROA’s members sound off in one voice for one mission.

In 1922, General of the Armies John “Black Jack” Pershing helped form ROA to ensure America had a strong reserve force – he and his fellow founders of ROA knew war would come again.  Nearly a century later, ROA’s mission remains the support of strong Reserve Components.  Reserve duty has changed with increasing operational missions, and so has the “new” Reserve Organization of America.  ROA provides the tools, resources, support, education, and advocacy Reservists and their families need to succeed, in and out of uniform.

We call this—Reserve Strength. Reserve Life.

Reserve Strength

Vigorous advocates fighting for a powerful national defense with a strong Reserve force as an essential partner in the total force.
A trusted, influential, and effective voice in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.

Policy experts leveraging Reserve Component —specific knowledge for your needs.

Leaders in the effort to sustain the resources necessary for trained, equipped, strategic and operational Reserve Components.
A legislative agenda dedicated to the needs of the Reserve and National Guard.
Reserve Life

  • A dependable source for RC professional development and education.
  • A network of serving and veteran members of the Reserve force.
  • Deployment and transition resources for members and their families.
  • Military skills, national security, and language training with fellow NATO Reserve forces.
  • Opportunities at the local, state, and national levels to build and lead ROA’s future.

An ROA revitalizing for its second century is an opportunity for new members to help shape the new ROA.  You helped make history in uniform, now help make the new ROA!