FRA Discusses Legislative Process with Marines
Assistant Director Veterans Program (ADVP) Brian Condon recently presented a legislative process brief to a class of Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) attending the Marine Corps University at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The brief included information about the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), its history, mission and its legislative priorities, as well as the member benefits. FRA presents this brief approximately three times each year to classes of Marine Staff Sergeants (E-6) enrolled in the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy, which is a prerequisite for promotion to GySgt (E-7). For many of the class of 94 Staff Sergeants, it was the first time they heard of FRA. Some of them were aware of some issues facing the service members, such as BAH cuts, adequate annual pay raises and sequestration, they were not fully aware of how these issues get resolved. ADVP Condon encouraged them to become involved with FRA and to remain knowledgeable of what Congress is doing so they can better inform their junior Marines about issues that directly affect their careers.
The following day, FRA sponsored a Capitol building tour for these Marines. They came from all across the country and even overseas to attend the class. This was the first time many of these Marines toured the building. For some of them, it was their first time in Washington D.C. Some of the highlights of the tour included the Dome Rotunda, the old Senate chamber and the Capitol visitor center. They all were able to see the recent extensive renovation of the Dome.