Founded in 1988, the United States Chief Petty Officers Association is a fraternity of active duty, veteran or retired chief petty officers designed to promote community through responsible leadership while keeping members informed about and represented in legislation that impacts military and fraternity organizations within the U.S. service branches. Participation in the organization offers members a variety of insurance and financial services, and provides access to the Captain Caliendo College Assistance Fund, which helps enlisted family members attend college.
Membership is available to chief petty officers in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the reserve components of either organization who served honorably. Levels of membership include regular, associate, honorary, silver lifetime and gold lifetime. Levels of membership available to a person vary according to the person's time served, rank and behavior in the service, as well as dues paid. Different levels offer varying benefits.
One purpose of the fraternity is to raise awareness of the importance of chief petty officers throughout the world. It also serves to increase patriotism and pride in the service of past, present and future members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, while encouraging study and accomplishment to advance within the services. Organizers also arrange conventions on behalf of the U.S. Chief Petty Officers Association.