Sea Service affinity groups are organized to augment the professional development, mentoring, advocacy and volunteer opportunities available to members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Following are a number of available groups. The following are a number of groups with which the Navy collaborates.
AcademyWomen: AcademyWomen was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional and personal growth of women from the nation’s premier military academies and officer development programs. The organization was created as a ready source of support, mentorship, and personal and professional development. AcademyWomen provides supplemental sources of education, leadership development opportunities, and resources. AcademyWomen is a global leadership organization of current and former military officers, cadets, midshipmen, candidates and all other individuals committed to the success of AcademyWomen’s mission.
American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsman: "We honor those who served to forge the heritage of the hospital corps of the United States Navy and to provide peace and security for America. We give tribute to those who perished and to those who presently serve."
Association of Naval Aviation (ANA): The mission of the ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States; to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies; to stimulate the collection, preservation, and display of historical material concerning the history of naval aviation; and to encourage scientific and technical development of naval aviation.
Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO): ANSO was created after Hispanic officers expressed a concern that they were not fully represented in the officer corps or in the pipeline accession programs. Historically, the Honorable Edward Hidalgo, then Secretary of the Navy, convened the Hispanic Officer Recruitment Conference (HORC) in December 1980 to closely examine issues, develop initiatives, and resolve problems confronting the Naval Services in attracting qualified Hispanics for officer programs. ANSO assists with officer recruitment and retention efforts in the Hispanic Community, supports and nurtures junior enlisted personnel desiring to apply for Officer programs, and fosters the professional growth and development of Hispanic Sea Services personnel through mentoring, networking, training, and educational programs.
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA): FRA works to preserve and enhance benefits and quality-of-life programs for members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The organization represents the enlisted perspective in dialogue with members of Congress, giving voice to members’ concerns. FRA also assists our shipmates in solving individual career and entitlement problems.
National Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA): The CPOA exists to generate world-wide awareness of the importance of Regular and Reserve Chief Petty Officers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, to encourage accelerated advancement in those services through study and accomplishment, to conduct conventions with such members of the NCPOA to foster camaraderie and good fellowship, to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and to promote patriotism and pride in their service in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard.
National Naval Officers Association (NNOA): National Naval Officers Association actively supports the Sea Services in the development of a diverse officer corps through recruitment, retention, and career development. NNOA is essential in maintaining operational readiness by providing professional development, mentoring, and support of cultural awareness. NNOA establishes and maintains a positive image of the Sea Services in communities and educational institutions.
Naval Airship Association (NAA): The mission of NAA is to gather, perpetuate, and disseminate the Lighter-Than-Air expertise and knowledge that has been accumulated during the U.S. Navy’s long involvement with the development and employment of L.T.A. principles in military aviation; to support and assist the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. (NAMF) and the National Naval Aviaton Museum (NNAM) in their joint purpose of informing and educating the public on the important role of U.S. Naval Aviation, with specific reference to the Lighter-Than-Air segment; and to support and assist U.S. Government agencies in current and future Lighter-Than-Air development and applications.
Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA): NERA is the only military and veterans organization representing the ENLISTED RESERVIST members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. NERA also includes retirees, Full-Time Support (FTS), drilling reservists, and others joining as associate members supporting our enlisted sea service reservists.
Naval Helicopter Association (NHA): NHA's mission is to promote the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; to provide a forum whereby persons in these organizations involved with vertical lift aircraft can interact with each other at meetings and conventions; and to provide recognition to those persons who have made significant contributions to those purposes. In pursuing these objectives, NHA keeps members informed of new developments and accomplishments in vertical lift aircraft.
Naval Officer Mentorship Association (NOMA): The strategic goal of NOMA is the effective mentoring of all Naval Officers across the spectrum of diversity. The organization helps its members make the most informed career decisions, increase community outreach, drastically improve career retention, broaden the understanding of career opportunities, and directly recruit the best qualified officers into the Naval services. Another major focus of NOMA is centered on the Asian Pacific Islander (API) officer community; a fundamental goal is to provide the opportunity for the diverse API population to establish contacts across the service as well as develop the critical awareness of all the professional and social networks within the Naval services.
Naval Weather Service Association (NWSA): The NWSA membership is composed of active and retired Aerographers Mates, Aerologists, Meteorologists, Oceanographers, and civilians with backgrounds or interests in the weather/meterology field. While the majority of its members are Navy, NWSA has members from all branches of service. NWSA maintains regional chapters around the country.
Navy Cruiser Sailor Association: The Association's mission is to: perpetuate the interest in U.S. Navy Cruisers; establish a line of communication and comradery among Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who served aboard a U.S. Navy Cruiser; establish an informative newsletter with interesting stories about past and present events; offer assistance to individual ship associations and U.S. Naval Cruiser Memorials; and aid and assist veterans, their widows, and orphans.
Navy Cryptologic Reserve Association: The Association's functions include: conducting a periodic reunion; providing fraternal, social, and recreational activities for members and guests; advocating strong and adequate U.S. Armed Forces, sufficient to maintain security interests worldwide; supporting efforts to preserve and strengthen the security of the cryptologic agencies of the Department of Defense; and encouraging and supporting the preservation of the history of cryptology by members of the Association and appropriate Federal agencies.
Navy Divers Association: Navy Divers and diver support personnel are encouraged to use the web community, which has been designed specifically for your enjoyment and to facilitate communication between all active, inactive, and retired Navy Divers and Diver Support Personnel.
Navy Helicopter Veteran's Association: The Association seeks to: promote fraternalism and camaraderie among its total qualified membership wholly by establishing reunions at locations to be determined by member vote. Reunions are currently held on a two year schedule, maintain continuity within the U.S. Naval Helicopter community, and provide a source of funding for donations to U.S. Naval charities.
Navy League Organization: The Organization's mission is to educate American citizens about the importance of sea power to U.S. national security and to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.
Navy MineSweeper Ocean Association (MSO): The Association's goal is to preserve the memory of all 101 MSO's, as a memorial to the men who served on any of those sweeps, anywhere in the world and in many foreign countries. It is dedicated to the brotherhood of all past Sailors as well as the education, focus, and raising of awareness concerning the history of MSO's and their role in preserving and keeping the world's sea-lanes and harbors safe and free of mines.
Navy Musicians Association: The purpose of the Navy Musicians Association is to bring together, through annual reunions, past and present members of navy bands; to promote camaraderie; to emphasize the importance of music in the Navy; and to maintain liaison with active bands in the Navy and Marine Corps, in order to preserve the tradition of Navy music.
Navy Mustang Association: The Association's purpose is to: inspire love of the Sea Service and Country, provide members an opportunity to improve camaraderie both socially and professionally, provide a forum for communication of matters of mutual interest, uphold reverence of the memory of our departed shipmates, and to perpetuate and preserve historical records of MUSTANGS and their achievements.
Navy Nuclear Weapons Association: The Navy Nuclear Weapons Association (NNWA) is a nationwide organization of military and civilian participants in the US Navy Department nuclear weapons program during the years 1946 to present.
Navy Nurse Corps Association (NNCA): Established in 1987, the Navy Nurse Corps Association is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing Navy Nurses together. The NNCA is an association for caring and sharing, where what matters most is not rank, but being, or having been, a Navy Nurse. Any Navy Nurse Corps Officer, whether Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, or Honorably Discharged, may join the NNCA.
Navy Postal Clerks Association: The purpose of the Association is to: promote the social welfare of the Navy Postal Clerk community; conduct programs for charitable and educational purposes; sponsor or participate in activities patriotic in nature; and provide social and recreational activities for its members.
Navy Radiomen Association: The Association was established in 1989, as a community of interested organizations operating exclusively to foster brotherhood, professionalism, and camaraderie among members of the U.S. Navy Radioman and Information Systems Technician ratings.
Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA): Formerly known as the Women Officers Professional Association (WOPA), SSLA has been supporting motivated Sea Service officers since 1978. It supports the professional development of its members and serves as a forum of information about the Sea Services. SSLA’s goals are to foster and encourage education and development, provide a forum for discussion of common issues and concerns affecting all military career fields, promote career planning, provide educational materials concerning matters of interest, and provide networking opportunities for members to help them gain fresh insights and access to information sources as well as establish personal contacts.
Surface Navy Association (SNA): SNA was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business, and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. SNA provides its members with support, programs, and activities that enable professional growth, personal satisfaction, and camaraderie.
Tailhook Association: The purpose of the Association is: to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.
UDT-SEAL Association: Membership benefits include the quarterly editions of The BLAST, Journal of Navy Frogmen, an annual Directory of Members, and free admission to many events at both the East and West Coast UDT-SEAL Association Annual Reunions. In addition, dependents of members whose membership has been in good standing for three prior consecutive years to the year of application may be eligible for the UDT-SEAL Scholarship program.
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association: The Association's mission is to serve and support the United States, the Naval Service, the Naval Academy, and its alumni by: furthering the highest standards at the Naval Academy; seeking out, informing, encouraging, and assisting outstanding, qualified young men and women to pursue careers as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps through the Naval Academy; and initiating and sponsoring activities which will perpetuate the history, traditions, memories, and growth of the Naval Academy and bind alumni together in support of the highest ideals of command, citizenship, and government.
U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association: The Association's primary focus is the preservation of our rich Naval cryptologic history. Cryptologists' uniqueness is founded in the pioneering spirit of the Association's oldest members who were trained in the 1930s to intercept and decode Japanese Katakana transmissions, and in its youngest members who are singled out and recognized annually from the ranks of currently serving Naval Cryptologists as the best representatives of those early pioneers.
Please note: There are many affinity groups around the country with respected charters, and this is not an exhaustive list.