FRA understands the importance of the military’s most important
asset – people. Our mission to support enlisted personnel includes
active involvement in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s
recognition programs. Each year FRA recognizes standout performers in
the enlisted ranks.
FRA has been a strong sponsor of the Navy’s Sailors of the Year
(SOY) program since its inception in 1972. The Association
annually hosts a Capitol Hill reception for the honorees and their
families. FRA is also on hand when each SOY is meritoriously
promoted to Chief Petty Officer, standing by to congratulate each new
Chief with a monetary gift card to help defray travel costs incurred by
families who travel to D.C. for the event. Many FRA branches recognize
the local and command Sailors of the Year in their areas.
During annual events, FRA pays tribute to the Marine Corps’
exceptional Marine Security Guards (MSGs), Drill Instructors (DIs),
Security Instructors, School of Infantry Instructors, and Career
Counselors. Honor graduates of the Marine Corps’ Senior
Non-Commissioned Officer Academy are also recognized with FRA’s
“Gung-Ho” Award and receive a K-Bar knife and plaque.
The Association also salutes the Coast Guard’s Honors Program
recipients (formerly the Enlisted Persons of the Year or EPOY) during
annual ceremonies in Washington, D.C., that salute the service’s
Active Duty, Reserve, Civilian and Non-Appropriated Funds Civilian
Member of the Year.
FRA is proud to annually recognize the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard’s outstanding Recruiters of the Year with a Capitol Hill
ceremony and reception.
Additionally, FRA branches across the country recognize local
achievements by area Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. FRA
annually recognizes an outstanding graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy
and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.
FRA works closely with members of Congress and their staff to advance
the Association’s legislative agenda. Each year, FRA presents its
prestigious Pinnacle Award to a member of Congress whose service and
leadership epitomizes the Association’s three cardinal principles
of Loyalty, Protection and Service.
list of winners, click here.