Non-Commissioned Officers Association of America

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NCOA Mission Statement: The NCOA was established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers in all branches of the Armed Forces, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Veterans (separated and retired), widows, and their families. The NCOA offers its members a wide range of benefits and services designed especially for enlisted service members and their families.

NCOA Mission Motto: STRENGTH IN UNITY

Non-Commissioned Officers Association of America (NCOA) National Headquarters
NCOA HQ Address/NCOA Map: NCOA Online
9330 Corporate Drive, Suite 701
Selma, TX 78154
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Telephone: (210) 653-6161 Make a donation NCOA EIN: 74-1394421
NCOA Date Founded: 1960
NCOA Congressionally Chartered: April 6, 1988 36 U.S. Code Chapter 1547
NCOA Leadership: Ann T Dillon
National Commander: Vincent W. Patton
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NCOA History:
NCOA was established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for the entire enlisted force in all branches of the Armed Forces, past and present, their families, and their survivors. Its inclusive professional development program for active duty, Guard and Reserve Components of all uniformed services has provided unique symposium programs where participants experience joint military perspectives. In recognition of their work on behalf of military members, families, survivors and veterans, NCOA was granted a Federal Charter by the U.S. Congress in 1988, one of only a few veteran organizations to receive this distinction.

Today, NCOA remains a vital fraternal, benevolent, non-profit organization and acts as a conduit between the military and civilian communities in local areas and promotes positive community relations.

The Association is proud of its efforts in three primary areas: Legislative Representation; Social and Fraternal Programs; and Member Benefits in the area of specialized services and discount programs.

NCOA has much to offer its members and you too can join our fold. Membership in NCOA is open to all, however, you must meet certain criteria to be a voting member of the Association, but this does not prevent you from being an Associate member and supporting our organization and reaping the full range of member benefits!


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NCOA Membership Eligibility Requirements:
Below are the various membership divisions. Please remember — only the Regular and Veterans Divisions are allowed voting rights, but all divisions reap all other benefits of this great Association supporting our enlisted ranks, past and present.
Membership Divisions

REGULAR DIVISION: Grades E-4 through E-9, in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, Reserves, National Guard, and retired and separated personnel who held rank of NCO/PO at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

VETERANS DIVISION: Veterans of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of rank or grade held at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

APPRENTICE DIVISION: Active duty Grades E-1 through E-3 in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

ASSOCIATE DIVISION: Active duty officers who were former NCOs/Pos, NCOs of allied military services, and immediate family members of former members or persons who would have been eligible for membership in the Regular or Veterans Division. Also includes friends of the military who do not qualify for one of the other divisions of the Association.

INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY: Spouses/former spouses, widows/widowers, and family members 18 years of age or older of enlisted service members, whether active duty, separated, veteran, Reserve or National Guard, in Grades E-1 through E-9. https://www.ncoausa.org/members/RegistrationOrderInfo.aspx?CountryId=3

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Number of Chapters: 35
Members: 20,000


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36 U.S. Code Chapter 1547 – NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED

§ 20901 – Definition
For purposes of this chapter, “State” includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.

§ 154701 – Definition
For purposes of this chapter, “State” includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.

§ 154702 – Organization
(a)Federal Charter.—
Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America, Incorporated (in this chapter, the “corporation”), a nonprofit corporation incorporated in Texas, is a federally chartered corporation.

(b)Expiration of Charter.—
If the corporation does not comply with any provision of this chapter, the charter granted by this chapter expires.

§ 154703 – Purposes
The purposes of the corporation are as provided in the bylaws and articles of incorporation and include—
(1) upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States;
(2) promoting health, prosperity, and scholarship among its members and their dependents and survivors through benevolent programs;
(3) assisting veterans and their dependents and survivors through a service program established for that purpose;
(4) improving conditions for service members, veterans, and their dependents and survivors; and
(5) fostering fraternal and social activities among its members in recognition that cooperative action is required for the furtherance of their common interests.

§ 154704 – Membership
(a)Eligibility.—
Except as provided in this chapter, eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights and privileges of members are as provided in the constitution and bylaws of the corporation.
(b)Nondiscrimination.—
The terms of membership may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

§ 154705 – Governing body
(a)Board of Directors.—
The board of directors and the responsibilities of the board are as provided in the articles of incorporation.
(b)Officers.—
The officers and the election of officers are as provided in the articles of incorporation.
(c)Nondiscrimination.—
The requirements for serving as a director or officer may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

§ 154706 – Powers
The corporation has only the powers provided in its bylaws and articles of incorporation filed in each State in which it is incorporated.

§ 154707 – Exclusive right to name, seals, emblems, and badges
The corporation has the exclusive right to use the names “The Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America”, “Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America”, “Non Commissioned Officers Association”, and “NCOA”, and seals, emblems, and badges the corporation adopts. This section does not affect any vested rights.

§ 154708 – Restrictions
(a)Stock and Dividends.—
The corporation may not issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.
(b)Distribution of Income or Assets.—
The income or assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a director, officer, or member during the life of the charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the payment of reasonable compensation to an officer or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts approved by the board of directors.
(c)Loans.—
The corporation may not make a loan to a director, officer, or employee.
(d)Claim of Governmental Approval or Authority.—
The corporation may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United States Government for any of its activities.

§ 154709 – Duty to maintain tax-exempt status
The corporation shall maintain its status as an organization exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).

§ 154710 – Records and inspection
(a)Records.—The corporation shall keep—
(1) correct and complete records of account;
(2) minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors, and committees having any of the authority of its board of directors; and
(3) at its principal office, a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote.
(b)Inspection.—
A member entitled to vote, or an agent or attorney of the member, may inspect the records of the corporation for any proper purpose, at any reasonable time.

§ 154711 – Service of process
The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of each State in which it is incorporated and each State in which it carries on activities.

§ 154712 – Liability for acts of officers and agents
The corporation is liable for the acts of its officers and agents acting within the scope of their authority.

§ 154713 – Annual report
The corporation shall submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the corporation during the prior fiscal year. The report shall be submitted at the same time as the report of the audit required by section 10101 of this title. The report may not be printed as a public document.

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Annual National Meeting:

NCOA’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Tribute
When: July 11-14, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, NV

Mark your calendars… The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV will be the host hotel for NCOA’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Tribute, July 11-14, 2017.
Following is some information you will find useful if you’re planning to attend or thinking of attending. We hope to see you there where we will honor 5 military heroes and the Association’s Top Chapters and outstanding performers.


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