About the Marine Corps League

The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in its founding in 1923  and in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year. There are over 1100 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.


There are 59 MCL Detachments in North Carolina as of August 2015.



The purposes of the Marine Corps League as prescribed in its Federal Charter are:


  • To preserve the traditions and to promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps;

  • To band those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service together in fellowship that they may effectively promote the ideas of American freedom and democracy;

  • To fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve as ably as citizens as they have served the nation under arms;

  • To hold sacred the history and memory of the men and women who have given their lives to the Nation;

  • To foster love for the principles which they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic;

  • To maintain true allegiance to American institutions;

  • To create a bond of comradeship between those in service and those who have returned to civil life;

  • To aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines as well as to their widows and orphans;

  • To perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of peculiar interest to Marines.

Our Local Detachment #733

Our membership is made up of young and old, enlisted and officer, male and female,
marines, corpsmen, chaplains and civilian associate members from Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Garner, Morrisville, Knightdale and throughout Wake County, North Carolina and surrounding counties. Officers and activity coordinators are listed on the Contacts page.

Members of the Tar Heel Detachment of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. 


We have fun and we serve the community. As our Sr. Vice has put it, "I cherish the time with the 733 and always look forward to the best "F-Words" a man can embrace: Food, Fun, Fellowship and Freedom!!"


We accomplish this by banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans. See the "We Support" page.


We perpetuate the history of the Marine Corps through acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines, like Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. See the "Events" page.

Read more about us in our very informative monthly newsletter here.

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Membership requires that you are an honorably discharged, active duty, or reserve Marine with 90 days of service or more, or a retired Marine. This includes officers and enlisted, male and female members. Membership is $35.00 for one year and includes free subscription to the Marine Corps League Magazine “SEMPER FI” for one year.




Corpsmen & Chaplains


Regular membership is extended to both.  



Corpsmen must have trained with Marine FMF Units in excess of ninety (90) days and earned the Marine Corps Device (clasp) or the Warfare Device authorized for FMF Corpsman and worn on the Service Ribbon.



Navy Chaplains must have earned the FMF badge serving with Marines.





Associate Memberships are offered to  those who are not Marines but wish to help. Recommendation and Sponsorship is required.




Donations and Taxes

We invite You to become a sponsor by downloading the Sponsor Form and mailing your tax deductible contribution to the Tar Heel Detachment.


100% of all funds raised go to support charitable organizations.


        The League is classified as a veterans/military service organization and was formed for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U.S. Marine Corps; to provide camaraderie and assistance to Marines, as well as to their widows and orphans; and to preserve the traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps.


     It is a not for profit organization within the provisions of Internal Revenue Service Code 501 (c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.

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