During the years of its existence EROA has aspired towards achieving its aims, acting also in cooperation with the reserve officers of Finland and Sweden. The members of EROA have gained a place in the Estonian defence structures and have achieved recognition among colleagues abroad. The Estonian society is also becoming more and more convinced that Estonia is a state that can and must be defended. This proves that the will of defence of the nation is developing. The Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association has also contributed to this process. The first important steps have been taken, but the Estonian reserve officers still have plenty of work to do. To a large extent the effectiveness of the defence structures of a small country depends on its reserves. The efforts of EROA are aimed at making every Estonian understand the importance of increasing our defence power and the role of each and every one of us in doing so.

The Chairmen of the Board

1997 - 2000
captain Kaido PIHLAKAS
2000 - 2003
captain Lauri EINRE
2003 - 2007
major Heino PIIRSALU
2007 - 2008
first lieutenant Vello VÄINSALU
2009 - 2015
lieutenant commander Toomas PEEK
2015 - 2021
major Andre LILLELEHT
captain Villu ÕUN

History of Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association (EROA)

Founded: 22 June 1997 the Battle School of the Estonian Defence Forces in Meegomäe, Võru County.

Founders: Participants of the first two voluntary reserve officers training courses ROK 1 and ROK 2.

Grounds for establishment: common understanding of the need to improve the reputation of the Estonian Defence Forces and increase the will of defence of the Estonian nation, assistance to Estonia’s integration with NATO.

Historical background: EROA considers itself the legal successor of the Central Council of Reserve Officers’ Section (founded on 23 June 1933).

Representation: EROA became CIOR associate members in 06.02.1999 and full member 22.05.2004 when The Republic of Estonia became member of NATO.