MISSOURI ROA IS A 2020 Sword & Pen and 2020 Sword & Screen Awardee!!
ROA has played a major role in American Military Policy...
Instrumental in adoption of milestone Reserve Forces Bill of Rights and Vitalization Act, which established a Selected Reserve in each service, provided adequate fiscal and equipment support for Selected Reserve, nd established Assistant Secretaries for Reserve Affairs and Reserve service Chiefs for each service.
Championed the creation of ROTC.
Integral to the passage of the Armed Forces Reserve Act establishing the Ready Reserv
Led the charge to retain threatened Coast Guard and Air Force Reserves, NOAA Corps, and also helped save the Navy Reserve’s air arm.
Helped muster a Reserve officers corps of 115,000 by the outbreak of WWII.
Convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to allocate $1 million to pay reservists in training.
Instrumental in adoption of legislation that precluded the merger of the Army Reserve and National Guard, and set mandatory strength levels in the Reserve components.
Prevented the Army from conducting individual call-ups during the Korean Conflict that would have decimated the Reserve structure.
Instrumental in achieving Reserve retirement for age and service, 20-year retirement for active duty regular and Reserve officers.
Contributed to the adoption of the Armed Forces Reserve Act which reorganized and modernized Reserve forces of all services to increase readiness for limited or full mobilization.
Precluded large, DoD proposed, across-the-board reductions in the Reserve force structure.
Forcefully supported appropriation of $25 million for the Selective Service System, defeating a House effort to eliminate the Selective Service System.
Ensured citizen warriors are treated fairly by the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Advocated annual pay raises for Reserve component members.
Spearheaded legislative efforts that established separate Reserve commands, commanded by chiefs of the reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
Led the effort that created an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
Played a pivotal role in the enactment of the Reserve Officer Personnel Management Act (ROPMA), the long-awaited legislation regularizing officer personnel management in the Reserve components.
Highlighted the need for a Survivor Benefit provision whereby earned retirement pay could pass to a family member.
Fought to increase the limit of inactive duty days from 60 to 130.
Led efforts to activate military reserves for the 1991 Gulf War and improved post-war benefits.
Established the basis and took up the cause to promote Reserve Chiefs to O-9s.
Educated parties to expand and enhance the role of the Public Health Service.
Got Congress to extend VA home loan program parity to the Reserve components.
Ensured full commissary and exchange privileges for reservists not on duty.
Led in causing the Congress to direct DoD to conduct a Total Force Policy Study.
Contributed in adding billions in appropriations for the procurement of Guard and Reserve equipment and military construction.
Played a key role in the adoption of legislation that establishes two two-star assistants to advise the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Guard and Reserve matters.
Helped Congress establish drill pay for inactive/weekend duty training.
Helped establish Reserve retirement pay at age 60.