Marine Corps League
LCpl Alan D Lam Detachment #1209

Burlington, N.C.

Benefits of Joining

1. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization with the prestige and responsibility of a Congressional Charter.

2. The only US Marine Corps organization with an active legislative program. Through its National Legislative Committee, and its Federal Register Lobbyist, the Marine Corps League provides representation to Congress.

3. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization accredited by the Veterans Administration.

4. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization that covers the full spectrum of Marine interests ... officer, enlisted, active duty, reserve, veteran, no matter where or when you served.

5. The only US Marine Corps--oriented organization that stresses community involvement through Detachment activities and thru its sponsorship of a full spectrum of Youth Activities.

6. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization that provides direct assistance to its members in resolving grievances with the Federal government.

7. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization with full range of individual benefits including low cost group life and health insurance and discount travel service.

8. The LCPL. ALAN D. LAM DETACHMENT is fun to belong to and you can do as much or as little as you like.

9. The only US Marine Corps-oriented organization that provides continuous leadership training and prestigious community positions ... Local Detachment Officers, State Officers and National Officers.

But the best reason to belong to the Marine Corps League is:


Why should you Join?

When you join and/or invite someone you know to join the Marine Corps League, you do more than increase our ability to help America's Veterans and their families; you could be helping that new member live a longer, more fulfilling life! Your involvement is key to the success of our Detachment and our national organization. It takes each and every one of us pulling together to get the important work done of serving our Veterans and their families, our communities, and our country.

Detachment Activities

Detachment Scholarship Program

VAVS Program

Toys For Tots

Military Order of the Devil Dogs

Eagle Scout Recognition Program

Rifle/Pistol Shoots

Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Honor/Color Guard Detail

“Esprit de Corps” Night

How to Join

A Detachment must SEE the applicant’s DD-214 to verify eligibility for “Regular Membership”.  THEN IT MUST BE HANDED BACK TO THE APPLICANT.  Neither the Detachment nor National Headquarters needs that DD-214 and it should not be copied nor retained. What must accompany the Dues Transmittal Form is the APPLICATION for membership.  You MAY keep a copy of the application at the Detachment if you feel it necessary, but the signed original MUST be sent to National Headquarters with the Transmittal.  If the Application is NOT attached with the transmittal, we have no choice but to accept that members as an “Associate Member” until we receive the Membership Application Form for our files.  It is the signed statement on that application form that allows the Marine Corps to provide a copy of the DD-214 should we ever need it to verify authenticity.

Mission Statement

Members 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, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and FMF Chaplains and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.


The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines, Navy FMF Corpsmen and FMF Chaplains who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America 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. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. 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.

The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 1000 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas. The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as supervising the National Headquarters staff.

The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation. It is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the 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.