BECOME A MEMBER
The obvious benefit of membership in the Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment is to enjoy the camaraderie that we who are Marines share. More importantly, as Marines we were taught from day-one to seek leadership responsibilities. As members of the Outer Banks Detachment we demonstrate our commitment to that principal through self-example in our local community, and by supporting our fellow Marines and worthwhile activities within the Outer Banks area.
There are two types of entry-level memberships available to those interested in becoming members of the Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment. They are:
Regular membership is available for those with honorable service as Marines or FMF Navy Corpsman as outlined below in "Regular Membership Eligibility Criteria."
- Associate membership is available for those with no Marine Corps or Navy FMF Corpsman service, eighteen (18) years of age or older who espouse the principals and purposes of the Marine Corps League including those who have served honorably in other branches of the Armed Forces of the United States. Upon acceptance, associate members will receive a membership pin and membership card, and are entitled to the same rights, privileges and benefits as regular members with the exception of those outlined under "Associate Membership Restrictions."
Regular Membership Eligibility Criteria
Regular membership in the Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment is open to those whose service is characterized as one or more of the following conditions:
Currently serving or served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty for a period not less than ninety (90) days;
Currently serving or served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and have earned no less than ninety (90) Reserve Retirement Credits;
- Currently serving or served honorably as a U.S. Navy Corpsman who has trained with Marine FMF units in excess of ninety (90) days and who has earned the the Marine Corps Device or the Warfare device authorized for wear on the Service Ribbon.
Regular Membership Supporting Documentation
A photo-static copy of an applicant's most recent Honorable Discharge Certificate (DD Form 256MC or DD Form 256N) or Release from Active Duty (DD Form 214/215) is required with each regular membership application to provide evidence or satisfactory service. For those currently serving on active duty, a photo-static copy of their Military ID Card is required.
Associate Membership Restrictions
The following restrictions apply for those accepted as associate members:
Associate members may not hold elective office;
Associate members may not cast votes in matters regarding the election of officers or membership applications. Associate members will be permitted to cast votes per the discretion of the Detachment Commandant on matters regarding Detachment affairs, provided such matters do not impact a policy of the Marine Corps League;
- Associate members will not wear any uniform items that they are prohibited from wearing by the current Marine Corps League uniform regulations.
Outer Banks Detachment dues for new members is $35, payable at the time a regular or associate membership application is submitted.
Those eligible and interested in becoming a regular or associate member should complete the appropriate membership application.
Both applications are interactive and will permit users to type all necessary information directly onto the application. Once completed, the application should be printed, signed and mailed, along with supporting documentation (if applicable) and annual membership dues to:
Marine Corps League Outer Banks Detachment
Post Office Box 2332
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-2332
Oath of Membership: Regular Members
Once accepted for membership, all applicants for Regular Membership will be administered the following Oath of Membership at the next general membership meeting:
I, ______________, in the presence of Almighty God and the members of the Marine Corps League, here assembled, being fully aware of the symbols, motto, principles and purposes, of the Marine Corps League, do solemnly swear, that I will uphold and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Marine Corps League. I will never knowingly wrong, deceive, or defraud the League, to the value of anything. I will never knowingly wrong or injure or permit any member, or any member's family, to be wronged or injured, if to prevent same is within my power. I will never propose for membership, one known to me, to be unqualified or unworthy to become a member of the League. I further promise to govern my conduct in the League's affairs and in my personal life, in a manner becoming a decent and honorable person, and will never knowingly bring discredit to the League. So help me, God.
Oath of Membership: Associate Members
Once accepted for membership, all applicants for Associate Membership will be administered the following Oath of Membership at the next general membership meeting:
I, ______________, in the presence of Almighty God and the members of the Marine Corps League, here assembled, being fully aware that as an Associate Member, I will not be permitted to hold elective office, or to vote on Marine Corps League policy, a membership application, or an election of officers, do solemnly swear, that I will uphold and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Marine Corps League. I will never knowingly wrong or injure, or permit any member, or any member's family to be wronged or injured, if to prevent same is within my power. I further promise to govern my conduct in the League's affairs and in my personal life, in a manner becoming a decent and honorable person, and will never knowingly bring discredit to the League. So help me, God.
There is no uniform required for any member of the Outer Banks Detachment. Regular or Associate members wishing to purchase official Marine Corps League uniform items may do so at their own expense through the Marine Corps League Ship's Store or through other authorized vendors. A listing of uniform item sources is provided on our "Resources: Uniform and Accessories" page.
Transfer to the Outer Banks Detachment
Those who are currently a member in good-standing of the Marine Corps League may transfer their membership to our detachment through the completion and submission of a "Request for Transfer" form. Upon completion, the member should forward this form to their current detachment's commandant who will, in turn, endorse the request and forward it to the Outer Banks Detachment for action. Upon receipt of the favorably-endorsed request, the detachment staff will process it and join the requesting member in good standing to our rolls. Their is no fee associated with this request, however the transferee must pay any annual dues which are in arrears prior to approval.