Marine Corps League Auxiliary Information
The Auxiliary is a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League. General John Lejuene was instrumental in forming the auxiliary, even assisting in the uniform design. The general understood the importance of family and female support to Marines.
The Auxiliary is open to female family members of Marines and FMF Corpsman, and to women Marines. Family includes wives, widows, mothers, stepmothers, sisters, daughters, stepdaughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and daughters-in-law. Eligible members of the Auxiliary may also be associate members of a Marine Corps League detachment, and vice versa, as long as membership requirements of both organizations are met.
An Auxiliary Unit may be chartered with a minimum of 7 members. Auxiliary membership counts towards ‘votes’ in Congress on legislative matters.
Auxiliary units can support projects of a Marine Corps League detachment, thus enhancing goals and objectives of the local detachment. Many units provide support to detachment fund raisers, and assist in events of mutual interest. Auxiliary units can establish their own projects and programs to support veterans, and the community. Many units are active with VAVS, other local hospital programs, the national “Little Angel” program, and other ‘homegrown’ local projects.
Members may be eligible to join the Military Order of Devil Dog Fleas. The Auxiliary provides female members of the Marine family an organization and opportunity to support and develop programs of mutual interest.
Marine Corps League Auxiliary Purpose
To Preserve the traditions and promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps To maintain true allegiance to American institutions
To hold sacred the history and memory of the men and women who have given their lives to this Nation 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
To create a bond of comradeship between the Auxiliary and the Marine Corps League, Inc. To aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines and former Marines as well as to their families To help decorate the graves of all deceased Marines whenever and wherever possible
To strive for the passage of legislation favorable to the Marine Corps League, Inc. and to the United States Marine Corps and its personnel To always foster love of Honesty, Loyalty and Truth, and a reverence to our God, Our Country, Our Family and Our Home
Frequently Asked Questions:
If I can be an associate member of the League, why should I join the Auxiliary?
First, you can be an associate member of the League AND a member of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary offers women an opportunity to develop programs and activities independent of the League, as well as support local League detachment functions. As an associate member of the League, your membership does not count toward legislative issues that the League votes on, nor can you vote on League matters. As an Auxiliary member, your membership is counted on legislative issues, and you do have a vote on all Auxiliary issues.
Have any Women Marines been members of the Auxiliary?
The Marine Corps League has had two women National Commandants, both of whom have been active members of the Auxiliary. In fact, PNC Helen Hicks was instrumental in starting the “Operation Little Angels” program based on her law enforcement background. The program provides clothing and necessities to children and youth who are in protective custody or foster care as a result of their parents incarceration.
What is the League’s role with the Auxiliary?
The MCL Auxiliary is a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League, much the same as the Young Marines, the MCL Foundation, and the Military Order of the Devil Dogs. The Auxiliary acts independently of the League, while at the same time supporting Marine Corps League programs, as well as their own programs.
Does the Auxiliary have a “fun and honor” society like the Devil Dogs?
Yes, as an Auxiliary member, you are eligible to become a Military Order of the Devil Dogs Fleas. The Fleas generate funding for charitable contributions, and also participate in the initiation of Pedigreed Devil Dogs at the National Convention.
Why should a Marine Corps League detachment or department encourage the formation and support of an Auxiliary Unit?
The Auxiliary is a recognition of the important role of women in the life, mission, and accomplishments of Marines. Not every woman can be an Auxiliary member….only Women Marines and the important women in a Marine’s life, which makes the Auxiliary an exclusive club. (MCL associate members do not have that restriction). League members should want to take advantage of adding member strength to their vote on legislative issues by increasing Auxiliary membership. The Auxiliary adds an extension of programs that exceed a detachment’s desire or capability. The Auxiliary can also be a source of providing new members to a detachment. And the MCLA can help maintain League membership by providing family members with an effective program of specific interest to them within the Marine Corps League family.
Is the Auxiliary open only to family of League members?
The MCLA is open to all women who have a relationship to Marines and FMF Corpsman, regardless of whether they are members of the League. A potential source of Auxiliary membership is among Marine moms, sisters, and wives of Marines who are deployed. Inherent with these potential members are potential programs that can be addressed by an Auxiliary Unit and/or a League detachment.
What is required to start an Auxiliary Unit?
You are required to have a minimum of 7 members, and must elect a President, Sr. Vice President, Jr. Vice President, and Judge Advocate.
Where do I get information and forms?
The Department of California MCLA officers, and the Southwest Division officers can provide information, applications, and starter kits. You can also access the National MCLA website at www.nationalMCLA.org, or call the National Secretary at 703-207-0626.