ROA’s “A Century of Service to America”: The history and continued service to America’s Reserve force and the nation’s military readiness.
With its unequaled credibility on America’s Reserve Components, ROA is a powerful advocate in Congress, the Pentagon and VA, and policymaker offices throughout Washington. ROA leads the nation’s efforts to ensure the Reserve Components are strong and ready, and Reserve Component families are well cared for.
Since 1922, The Reserve Officers Association of the United States, now known as the Reserve Organization of America to reflect its all-ranks membership, has championed the cause of the Reserve Components at home and in war. The evolution of that mission has helped protect the rights and benefits of individual members of the Reserve force and their families, while preserving a strong and capable Reserve force as a critical component to our national security. ROA continues to serve the Reserve and National Guard in an era where the need is greater than ever before.
In 1922, after the first world war, 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. It did and with ROA’s support, the nation had a cadre of Reserve leaders on which to rebuild its armed forces. From every background and branch, “citizen-warriors” have served their country; from duty at home, to Europe to Vietnam, the Pacific to Southwest and Southcentral Asia, Africa and now space.
For 100 years ROA has been the only organization solely dedicated to supporting the Reserve Components and their critical role in national defense. 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 Guard, ROA promotes the interests of Reserve Component members, their families, and veterans of Reserve service; and conducts a legislative campaign that ensures the readiness of our Reserve force. Together, ROA’s members sound off in one voice for one mission.
Reserve duty has changed, with increasing operational missions. 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 .
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 and skills.
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..
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!