MOAA was founded in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 23, 1929. The first leaders of the association hoped that by joining together they could provide assistance and advice to other military officers. This concern for others fostered natural fraternal relations among members from all branches of the uniformed services.
By the beginning of World War II, MOAA's leaders realized that they needed to reorganize and expand to become an effective force on behalf of their members. In what turned out to be a wise decision, MOAA moved to Washington, D.C., in 1944 with a membership of 2,600.
After a membership vote in September 2002, the association changed its name from The Retired Officers Association (TROA) to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), on January 1, 2003.
Today, MOAA has grown to a membership of more than 380,000 members and is the country's largest military officers' association. MOAA's purpose also has grown to include career transition assistance, improved member products, military benefits counseling, educational assistance to children of military families (to include enlisted), and strong involvement in military professionalism activities.
Continued acceptance as the professional association of choice for all military officers and their families by:
promoting the enduring values of military professionals;
serving as the most effective organization shaping relevant government policy;
delivering relevant membership value that grows membership, with specific appeal to chapters, as well as currently serving members and their spouses and survivors, and;
providing high-quality products and services to help members meet their professional, financial, and family needs.