Royal Observer Corps Association

The Royal Observer Corps Association was formed in 1986, primarily for those retiring from the Royal Observer Corps who wished to continue the comradeship and esprit de corps they had enjoyed whilst serving. In those early years it allowed serving and retired members, with common interests, to meet socially.

In 1991 ten thousand Royal Observer Corps members were stood down and 1995 saw the final stand-down of the remaining members and the ultimate closure of the Headquarters Royal Observer Corps, thus closing the door on a proud and notable history of 70 years voluntary service to their Air Commodore-in-Chief, Her Majesty The Queen, and their Country.

As a result of these events the Royal Observer Corps Association saw an upsurge in membership and subsequently assumed extra aims and responsibilities:

The Royal Observer Corps Association has a National Committee of ten members representing the five original Areas of the Royal Observer Corps in the United Kingdom at Stand-down in 1991.

The Association is further divided into 25 individual Group Associations, each with its own management committee and representing the boundaries of the Royal Observer Corps Groups in 1991. Each Group has a Benevolent Fund Officer responsible for giving support to ex-Corps members and their dependants, and for forwarding any claims for assistance to the trustees of the Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund.

The Association is represented at many National events, particularly those connected with the Royal Air Force, under whose command the Corps served for 70 years.

Membership of the Royal Observer Corps Association is open to all past serving members of the Corps and associate membership to members of their families. Details of your local Group Association can be obtained from: The ROC Association Membership Secretary. E-mail:

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