The Marine Corps Association & Foundation is the professional organization of the United States Marine Corps, founded more than 100 years ago by General John A. Lejeune.  


The Marine Corps Association was formed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on 25 April 1913, by Marines of the 2d Provisional Brigade. John A. Lejeune, then a lieutenant colonel, headed the MCA&F’s first executive committee. 

In a statement signed by members of the committee, Lejeune and his fellow officers declared the MCA&F would publish the history of the Marine Corps and disseminate information concerning the aims, purposes and deeds of the Corps, and the interchange of ideas for the betterment and improvement of its officers and men…” That objective continues to drive the association today and the creation of the Marine Corps Association Foundation in 2009 allows MCA&F to expand our reach and message to Friends of the Corps.

To be the preeminent association and foundation for ALL Marines and friends of the Corps dedicated to development and recognition of professional excellence and expanding awareness of the rich traditions, history, and esprit of the United States Marine Corps.

Active duty, Reserve, retired and Marine veterans are all eligible for membership in the MCA&F. The MCA&F understands and respects the achievements and sacrifices made by Marines and their families while serving this great nation. Once a Marine, always a Marine!

The MCA&F will continue to meet the needs of our members in the technology-driven 21st century with an expanded web experience, online access to Leatherneck Magazine and the Marine Corps Gazette and enhanced services and awards for Marines.



Professional Events

Professional Reading Program & Uniforms

MCA&F sponsors a range of events in direct support of our continuing mission. 

As a member of the MCA&F, you will receive discounted member pricing to attend select MCA&F hosted events such as the Retiree and Professional Luncheons, the MCA&F Ground Dinners, the MCA&F Ground Logistics award and MCA&F C4 Awards Dinner, Sea Services Forum and other symposia. 

MCA&F publishes two iconic publications, the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck—Magazine of the Marines.

The Marine Corps Gazette is the professional journal for ALL Marines. Leatherneck Magazine is the premiere magazine of the Marine Corps…yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

Become a member today and help support our efforts in advancing leadership and recognizing the excellence of today’s Marines.

Flagship Publications

Awards Program

MCA&F is a member-based organization dedicated to professional development, recognition of excellence, and building awareness of the rich traditions, history and esprit of the United States Marine Corps.

We accomplish this in a variety of ways:

Professional Development

The MCA&F is the premier provider of all in-print books listed on the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program. The MCA&F has stores in two locations: The MARINE Shop in Quantico, Va., and in Camp Lejeune, as well as online at 

The MARINE Shop is also the source for high-quality uniforms for all ranks and includes state-of the-art tailoring for all customers. 

As a member of the MCA&F, you will have the opportunity purchase books at membership discount prices.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation is committed to acknowledging the professional accomplishments of Marines and Sailors. Your membership dollars make it possible for our morale-building award program to recognize outstanding achievements of active duty Marines and supporting Sailors serving globally.

Our non-profit arm, the Marine Corps Association Foundation, supports Marines through five programs which provide unit libraries, commanders’ forum events and professional military education trips to Marines throughout the world.