Central California Coast Chapter

The Central California Coast Chapter, Military Officers Association was established in 1959 with twelve founding members. The chapter is a non profit , 501© organization and we currently have 70 members and 12 auxiliary members.

The purpose of the chapter is to:


     Promote the purposes and objectives of the Military Officers Association of America,

     Foster fraternal relations among retired, active duty, and former officers of the uniformed services and their reserve components,

     Protect the rights and interests of active duty, retired, and reserve components of the uniformed services and their dependents and    survivors,

     Provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors; and

     Serve the community and the nation. 



National Organization


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) originally was founded as the The Retired Officers Association in February 1929 by a group of retired officers in Los Angeles. The name of the association was changed to the Military Officers Association of America in January 2003.


An excerpt from the National MOAA website:


MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With about 370,000 members from every branch of service - including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers, and their families - they are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers.

MOAA's highest priority is providing first-class service to our members and is a leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community. Expert advice and guidance are provided to our members. The association plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. MOAA's overarching goals are captured in its resolutions, which reflect the views of the entire membership. The membership provides input and votes on resolutions every two years (on even years).

While MOAA is permitted by law to lobby - and does so actively - its status as a tax-exempt veterans organization precludes it from participating in political activities, which are defined as intervening directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Stated briefly, the association may advocate issues, but it may not advocate the election or defeat of particular candidates or political parties.



The association is governed by a board of directors consisting of 36 officers from the seven uniformed services. Four of the association's national officers - the chairman of the board and three vice chairmen - are elected by the board of directors. Also elected as association officers by the board of directors (from outside the board membership) are the president, chief financial officer, and secretary, all of whom serve on MOAA's professional, salaried staff. The president and staff directors conduct daily business from the headquarters in Alexandria, Va.


Membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Auxiliary memberships also are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers.