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ReserveVoice: April, 2015

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC)

The Congressional Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made 15 recommendations, including consolidating 30 Reserve Component duty statuses into 6 broader statuses.  Read ROA’s summarized response to the recommendations and also our views to the Senate and House armed services committees.

March on the Hill

ROA’s March on the Hill, March 17, began with a breakfast attended by some 100 people, including 20 Congressional members and staff.   Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Co-Chair, Senate Reserve Component Caucus, and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), Co-Chair, House Guard and Reserve Component Caucus,  offered remarks.  ROA members, in Washington for the National Executive Committee and leadership meeting, visited members and discussed ROA’s legislative priorities and MCRMC views.  House and Senate offices have expressed interest in introducing associated legislation.

DoD Budget

Both Houses of Congress adopted budget resolutions in late March that are the first step to determine the DoD FY16 appropriations.   Both resolutions enhanced the likelihood that DoD funding will be roughly at the level requested by the President.   DoD will avoid the impact of sequestration which Pentagon officials say would severely affect readiness and ability to execute missions.  Congress did this by substantially increasing the funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) which are not subject to the budget law constraints that relate to the base budget.

Army Update

The authorized end-strength of all Army components continues to decrease as budget pressures increase.  The AC is now down to under 500,000 soldiers from its peak of 570,000 in 2010. It will continue to decline to 450,000 over the next three years.  The RC also is beginning to see its numbers decline with the USAR dipping to 198,000 authorized ES next year and ARNG to 343,000 authorized ES.
Readiness has increased for the AC from its low in 2013, yet only about one-third of AC BCTs are considered ready.   In the USAR restrictions on training funds have meant that virtually all training is only occurring at the individual or crew served levels. 

ROA Letter to VA Regarding Agent Orange Exposure

ROA wrote VA Secretary McDonald to include in VA’s Agent Orange “presumption” U.S. Air Force Reserve crews who flew C-123 airplanes, which were used to spray the defoliant, between the end of the Vietnam War and 1982, when the C-123 was retired. The VA has not yet responded to ROA; we will stay involved in this issue, advocating for our Air Force Reserve veterans.


You have by now received your annual campaign request for support. Thank you to all who have generously responded and who will do so over the coming weeks.  Your support is vital to our mission as the voice of all Reservists and to fulfill the intent of our national charter.   Please contact our national staff if you have any questions relative to your financial support of ROA and our ROA STARS Foundation.

Birthday Greetings:

Congratulations to the Navy Reserve on its recent 100th celebration and to the USAR on its upcoming 107th on April 23; ROA is honored to sponsor the Army Reserve’s cake-cutting in the U.S. Capitol April 21.

April in U.S. military history:

  • April 9 is the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox in 1865.
  • April 14 is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln (he died early the next day); it took almost two more months before all Confederate ground forces had surrendered.
  • April 19, 1775: the battles of Lexington and Concord took place.

Officer Magazine

The Winter 2015 print issue of the Officer Magazine will be in the mail in late April. With this issue, ROA will resume production of its publication, unique among service organizations for its focus on America’s Reserve Components. Subsequent quarterly issues for the time being will be solely in digital form, accessed from ROA’s website.

Good news for the Law Center!

We have found a solution to our capacity problem, and this month (April 2015) we began reconsolidating all the old and new articles to the Law Center Website.
Learn More

Law Reviews:

Legal analysis on the issues impacting your life in and out of uniform

  • No. 15030: You Have the Right to Time off from your Teaching Job for Military Service, under both State and Federal Law
  • No. 15031: Santander Consumer USA Required To Pay $9.35M for Illegally Repossessing the Vehicles of Service Members

Battling a legal issue as a result of your Reserve service? Contact the Service Members Law Center for free legal information you won't find anywhere else: 800-809-9448 ext. 730 or


2015 ROA National Convention

July 26-29, 2015
Location: Marriott Wardman Park

2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Room Rate is $199 plus 14.5% applicable tax
Registration & hotel booking information coming soon!

CIOR 2015 Summer Congress

Date: To be announced
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Registration information will be posted on the ROA website as soon as available.
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