Overview of forming a new branch
To form a new branch a minimum of 20 members. They can
be current, former or new members.
Eligibility requirements for becoming a member of the FRA are outlined
in FRA’s Constitution & Bylaws, Article 3, Sections 301 – 304.
Essentially, any current or former enlisted member of the US Navy, US
Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard is eligible to join the FRA.
Potential members can be active duty, reserve, retired, or veterans who
When the prospective member decides to join the FRA upon
completion and signing the membership application, they certify meeting
the FRA eligibility of being a current or former enlisted member of the
Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.
Preferably a current FRA member should be designated as the organizer
although a person with a strong interest in this project can be deemed the
organizer but they must be eligible for and have an interest in
becoming a member of the newly formed branch.
The organizer will have to set up a kick-off meeting with potential
members to discuss the FRA organization. Suggestions would be to have
the kick-off meeting at locations such as banquet halls, American Legion,
VFW, or DAV posts, community centers, etc., which may be free to the
public. Free advertising in local military base newspapers would be
helpful to communicate the meeting purpose, date, place, and time.
A listing of current branches in the Region where the new branch is to be
established shall be provided to the organizer to determine if there is a
branch close by in the existing area.
A list of former members can be provided at the
start of this process to the organizer based on county or zip code. The organizer
should provide the county or zip codes to the Supervisor-Member Services to
conduct a search in the database. Contact: Christina Hitchcock by email: email@example.com. This list may be used to mail invitations to prospective members in the local area to attend the
Sample letters to use to mail to prospective, terminated and/or members at
large can be sent to you for distribution along with brochures, information
sheets, and membership applications
Before or even after the initial kick-off meeting, the organizer or other
members may recruit new or reinstated members. They should complete a
Membership Application and attach the dues payment. Dues may be paid
by check, payable to FRA or by Credit Card.
The membership dues rates are as follows:
$40.00 (1 yr)
$64.00 (2 yrs – brand new members only)
$75.00 (2 yrs – previous members or renewals)
$180.00 (5 yrs)
Active Duty: $400
Under age 40: $450
Age 41 – 50: $425
Age 51 – 60: $390.00
Age 61 – 70: $340.00
Age 71 – 80: $260.00
Age 81 – 99: $200.00
Age 100+: Free
Please note, Life Membership fees may be paid in 12 monthly installments. The first
month’s payment will be $40. Thereafter the payments will be equally divided for the
next eleven months.The member will not be considered to be a Life Member until the
total fee has been paid.
If there are current members who desire to transfer to the newly formed branch, they will
be changed over after the Branch number has been established. They would need to
complete a written transfer request or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dues payments for new start up branches will be assigned to Members at Large until the
Branch has been Instituted and Installed.
The Petition and Application for a Charter along with appropriate
attachments including membership applications, dues payments and/or
Branch Transfer Applications shall be forwarded to the FRA National
Board of Directors (NBOD) c/o Director of Membership Development,
125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Upon receipt of the application and attachments, all documents will be
reviewed for completeness and a decision will be rendered by the NBOD.
Upon approval by the NBOD, a charter for the new branch will be
prepared and forwarded to the Regional President having jurisdiction of
the new branch.
A newly chartered branch shall be installed within 3 months of the
authorization date; otherwise it will become null and void.
After review of this information, please let me know if you would like to move forward
to establish a new branch. A package of information will be mailed to the organizer.
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*Updated July 2021