FRA is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Your enlisted service in any of these branches—past or present, for a short time or for the long haul—is your passport to membership in an association that works hard for you and your family on Capitol Hill and in your local community.
FRA’s guiding principles are Loyalty, Protection and Service to our shipmates. Keep reading to see how we apply them in everything we do, and watch this short introductory FRA video produced by an FRA Shipmate.
FRA Protects Your Pay and Benefits
Examples of success stories resulting from FRA-led initiatives include:
Beyond keeping you up-to-date on today’s important issues and FRA’s responses, the Action Center allows you to convey your concerns directly to your elected officials. Use the pre-written letters provided or craft your own to urge your elected officials to halt potentially harmful legislation or support legislation that will help. You will be kept apprised of changes and can see first-hand how adding your voice to FRA’s makes the message stronger.
Congressional leaders respond to numbers and lobbying pressure—join us and make your voice heard.
Why Should I Join?
You will also enjoy a host of individual benefits, including:
Join FRA and take action today
Complete a membership application at your local branch or join online anytime.
Tell me more!
The best way to learn about FRA is to ask a shipmate; talk with a member you know, call a nearby branch, or contact Member Services:
Locate a nearby branch: www.fra.org/branches.
Contact Member Services: 1-800-FRA-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore our website: www.fra.org.
Find us on Facebook: www.fra.org/fb.
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FRAHQ.
Tell us what is important to you: www.fra.org/survey.
Take action on critical issues now: action.fra.org.
Our mission is to protect and enhance your military pay and benefits. It is our way of saying,
Thank you for your military service!
More About FRA
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. Although the association was originally named for the Navy’s Fleet Reserve program, membership in FRA is open to all current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel. The only requirement to join FRA is to have served as an enlisted member in the USN, USMC, or USCG for at least one day.
The Association was founded by Navy
Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin, and chartered in 1924 in
In 1998, FRA was the first organization
to actively seek repeal of the Military Retirement Reform Act (REDUX)
and was successful in urging members of Congress to introduce and/or
sponsor legislation to change the law. As a result, REDUX is no
longer mandatory, and a bonus was enacted for personnel who accept
it. In 2000, the Association led a successful campaign to authorize
pay hikes for mid-career enlisted personnel that resulted in pay
increases for E-5, E-6 and E-7 personnel on
FRA is a member of the Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) and is represented on the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) National Advisory Committee (NAC). It is also a charter member and leading organization in The Military Coalition (TMC), a group of 33 military and veterans’ organizations which represent five and one half million uniformed services active duty, retired, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, their families and survivors. TMC works collectively on legislation to enhance the quality of life for military personnel.
FRA staff members present legislative seminars to inform Sea Service personnel about actions on Capitol Hill, and the importance of participating in the legislative process to protect their pay and benefits. The Association annually recognizes members of Congress with its prestigious “Pinnacle Award” in recognition of outstanding support for uniformed services’ personnel. FRA also hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Caucus Breakfast on Capitol Hill each year.
FRA is a major sponsor of the annual
programs recognizing the Navy Sailors and Recruiters of the Year (SOY
FRA is accredited with the Board of Correction for Naval Records, the Physical Evaluation Board, the Physical Review Council, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit FRA on Facebook, follow FRA on Twitter, and share your opinions with FRA through quarterly surveys.