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The FRA is comprised of sea services enlisted personnel, who have served or are now serving in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The FRA currently has over 160,000 members.
The FRA's primary mission is to protect the pay, benefits and compensation of Sea Services enlisted personnel (active duty, reserve, retired and veteran) and their families through direct contact with the U.S. Congress. The FRA also assists with individual career problems by maintaining a close liaison with the Department of Defense and Veteran's Affairs and other government agencies. The FRA supports a military policy that provides for a strong national defense, guarantees the readiness of our forces, and safeguards the personnel interests of the sea services community.
The FRA lobbies the political power brokers in Washington, both the Legislative and the Executive Branches of government. To protect the benefits that you earned while serving in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, the FRA employs a staff of five skilled lobbyists - all retired enlisted sea services personnel. Whenever a benefit is threatened, the FRA is there, lobbying members of Congress, testifying in committee hearings on Capitol Hill, standing up for you!
Membership is open to all enlisted personnel (active duty, reserve, retired and veteran) of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Commissioned Officers of the sea services, who have at least one day of prior enlisted service are eligible. Personnel of other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who have prior honorable enlisted service in one of the three sea services are also eligible for membership.
The full 80 year history of FRA is listed on the sidebar on this page as well as underneath this text. It is published as a Microsoft Office Word document (doc). To get a trial version of Microsoft Word to read it, click here.
If you have any history to add, please email the secretary or call the branch.