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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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FRA was born out of the
need for an organization to protect the pay and benefits of enlisted Sea
Service members and their families on Capitol Hill. FRA also assists its
members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the
Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other
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 July 1, 2001. And more
recently, the Association was instrumental in payday lending reform,
Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for career personnel and their families, and
absentee voting reform. Other major legislative accomplishments include
the establishment of the CHAMPUS Health Program and Military Survivor
Benefits Plan (SBP).
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
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
and ROY), the Marine Corps Recruiters and
Drill Instructors of the Year, and the Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of
Year (EPOY) and Recruiters of the Year. FRA also sponsors congressional
receptions honoring the SOYs, EPOYs and ROYs, and presents the FRA “Gung Ho
Award” to one member of each USMC Staff NCO Academy graduating class in Quantico, Va. The Association also sponsors
patriotism essay awards and scholarship awards totaling more than
$100,000 annually under the auspices of the recently established FRA
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
through quarterly surveys.