Welcome to USAWOA Online
Hello, my name is Greg Gouty. If you are a Warrant Officer, I am the President of your association – the United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA). The USAWOA is the only military service organization by, of, and for Warrant Officers, and on behalf of all the National Officers, I thank you for taking the time to learn about our Association. The term “The Quiet Professionals®,” as we have long been affectionately known, was trademarked by us just a couple of years ago, but we have been supporting Army Warrant Officers and their families since our founding, in July 1972.
The USAWOA was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit association in Virginia, on 7 November 1974. In 1985, it became a charter member of The Military Coalition (TMC), which is today comprised of 32 organizations representing more than 5.5 million members of the uniformed services – active, reserve, retired, survivors, veterans – and their families.
The three words in our Association’s logo – Professionalism, Representation and Recognition – predominantly define our mission of advocacy on behalf of Warrant Officers in all three components of the Army: Active, National Guard and Reserve. Our membership includes Army Warrant Officers, and Honorary and Associate members who are passionate and interested in our cohort! No matter our individual status, we are collectively concerned about the future and are thoroughly committed in service to our Army and our Nation.
If you’re a Member, I thank you for your decision to join our professional organization. I would also like to Challenge each of you to bring in one new member. I cannot stress enough the importance of all Members not only renewing their memberships, but also becoming recruiters for our Association, and increasing our voice (on your behalf) in Washington, DC.
If you decide to accept this Challenge you might be asked (or if you are not yet a Member yourself, you might ask), “What’s in it for me?” This is a fair question! Here are just a few of the accomplishments of the USAWOA and our TMC partners, at the national level:
- Successfully blocking crippling cuts to TRICARE services, commissaries, housing allowances, and other military service and retiree benefits, in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.
- Passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, providing critical resources to address the crisis facing Veterans in early 2014.
- Inclusion of advance appropriations for all of VA’s mandatory benefit payments to veterans in the Omnibus funding bill for 2015, thereby ensuring that veterans, family members and survivors will no longer have to worry whether a government shutdown will cut off their disability compensation, pension, DIC, GI Bill or other mandatory benefits.
- The fight to repeal implementation of the retiree COLA cuts passed in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (We achieved victory in reversing this by mid-February 2014 – within 2 months!).
- The fight to stop increases in dependent/retiree costs associated with TRICARE, of as much as 100% in 2014 and 400% in 2013 (success was achieved).
- The fight to save Senior Warrant Officer Leadership positions in the ARNG, when the ARNG Leadership considered abolishing CCWO positions in 2012 (achieved in partnership with Senior Warrant Officer Leaders in all three Components)
- The 12% in combined, targeted pay raises for Warrant Officers in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007
- The Passage of the Warrant Officer Management Act in 1991, which among other things authorized the W5 pay grade.
- The achievement of Warrant Officer Aviation Incentive Pay, equivalent to that given to traditional officer aviators.
- The commissioning of Chief Warrant Officers.
- At the Chapter-level, Members of our association regularly involve themselves in service projects both on installations and off. They fund scholarships and support worthy charities. They dedicate time and energy to humanitarian service. Many Chapters organize and sponsor welcome committees, mentor groups, professional development seminars, sports competitions, newsletters, and various social activities.
As an active member of the TMC, the USAWOA has an equal vote amongst all 32 organizations in the Coalition, as it seeks to support and preserve laws, funds, and policies which are fair and proper for America’s service members, retirees, and their families. This also ensures that the more than 5.5 million voices represented by the Coalition are brought to bear on issues of exclusive import to Warrant Officers. Two of the bullets above offer explicit examples of the importance of this: without the collective voice of the TMC the W5 paygrade would not exist, and Warrant Officer pay would be 12% lower – and without the USAWOA, these issues would never have been added to the TMC agenda!
Finally, I encourage you to learn about the variety of member benefits and services available to USAWOA Members, offering them substantial discounts and services. In partnership with affiliated foundations and wonderful corporate partners, these include co-branded credit cards, discounted financial services, scholarships, and much more. Again, please visit our member benefits and services page for details on these and other programs.
USAWOA National President
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