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Member Services

Please note that Member Services phone representatives are available to assist you at 1-866-622-1775, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

  1. What are the Benefits of Membership?

  2. How do I join and obtain information about MCA&F?

  3. How do I find my membership number?

  4. When I renew MCA&F membership, will I receive a new membership card?

  5. How can I make updates to my personal information in my membership record?
    (i.e. Rank, address, phone number, email address)?

  6. How do I know when my MCA&F Membership will expire?

  7. How am I notified when it is time to renew my MCA&F Membership?

  8. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a question.

Subscriptions (Leatherneck and Gazette Magazines)

  1. When will I receive my first issue of the Leatherneck and/or Marine Corps Gazette magazine?

  2. If I move and submit a change of address, when will I receive my magazine(s) at my new address?

  3. When should I expect to receive my magazine each month?

  4. Are back issues available? How do I order them?

  5. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a question.

Affiliate Partner Benefits

  1. How do I apply for life and health insurance?

  2. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a question.

Marine Corps Service-Related Information

  1. How may I contact Marines with whom I have served?

  2. How do I apply for the Combat Action Ribbon and Korean Commemorative Medal for service during the Korean War?

  3. How do I get a copy of a Marine's service record?

  4. How can I determine awards a Marine has earned, and how can I get replacement medals?

  5. How do I find unit reports and histories of units in which a Marine has served?

  6. How can I get a copy or get a corrected copy of my DD 214?

  7. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us a question.

MCA&F Retail

Please note that MCA&F Store phone representatives are available to assist you at 1-888-237-7683, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Also Click Here to visit the Marine Shop FAQs page for more information.


Member Services


  1. What are the Benefits of Membership?

    MCA&F Membership offers a variety of benefits:

    1. A subscription to Marine Corps Gazette and/or Leatherneck magazine. These distinctive publications are dedicated to fostering the spirit and preserving the traditions of the Marine Corps, and through your membership, you are also supporting these endeavors.

    2. You can select a printed copy of one or both magazines, or you can choose the Online Only option. The Online Only option does not include a printed magazine, but gives you access to both digital format magazines via the Internet.

      Marine Corps Gazette is the professional journal for all Marines, dedicated to advancing knowledge, interest, skills, and espirit within the Corps.

      Leatherneck is the premier magazine of the United States Marine Corps, featuring articles on the rich history and traditions of the Corps.

    3. Opportunities to maintain a connection to the Marine Corps and fellow marines.

    4. Group Insurance available for qualifying members.

    5. Invitations to special events.

    6. Member Value Pricing at MCA&F retail locations and online at The Marine Shop.

    7. Computer Discounts at Dell and Apple.

    8. Discounts on Military historical tours.

    9. Car Rental Discounts.

    10. Special offers and Discounts through our retail partners such as Amazon.com. These partners can be found and accessed when you are logged in as a member. Click Here to view.

  2. How do I join and obtain information about the MCA&F?

    Click Here to Join. To speak with an MCA&F Member Services representative to sign up or get additional membership information, please call us at 1-866-622-1775.

  3. How do I find my membership number?

    Your membership number is available on the label of your print edition magazine cover. You can also call our Member Services Department to get you your membership number. You can reach our Member Services department at 1-866-622-1775.

  4. When I renew MCA&F membership, will I receive a new membership card?

    We do not send out new MCA&F membership cards for membership renewals, but if you require a replacement card you may call us at 1-866-622-1775 and we will be happy to send you one.

  5. Can you change my address or make updates to my personal information in my membership record (i.e. Rank, address, phone number, email address?

    Update your own contact information in your MCA&F membership record by logging in as a member at www.mca-marines.org . We can also make the updates for you if you prefer. Simply contact a Member Services representative at 1-866-622-1775 to update your information by phone.

  6. How do I know when my MCA&F Membership will expire?

    Your MCA&F Membership expiration date can be found on the home page of the member portal at www.mca-marines.org . You can also contact the MCA&F Member Services Department to get your membership expiration date at 1-866-622-1775. To avoid any lapse in your MCA&F membership you can sign up to have your renewal automatically charged to your credit card.

  7. How am I notified when it is time to renew my MCA&F Membership?

    We want to make sure there is no lapse in your MCA&F Membership and that you do not miss any issues of your benefit magazine ( Leatherneck or Marine Corps Gazette ) so we send out the first renewal notice 90 days prior to the expiration of your membership. If we don't hear from you, then we'll send out additional notices 60 days and 30 days prior to expiration. If we haven't received your renewal by your last issue, we will attach a cover wrap to that last issue as another reminder to renew. If you want to ensure your MCA&F Membership does not ever lapse, you can sign up for our Easy Pay program which automatically charges your MCA&F Membership renewal to the credit card you provide. You also will not receive any renewal notices when you are on Easy Pay.


Subscriptions (Leatherneck and Gazette Magazines)


  1. When will I receive my first issue of the Leatherneck and/or Marine Corps Gazette magazine?

    You will receive your first issue in approximately 6 to 8 weeks after your order has been received and processed.

  2. If I move and submit a change of address, when will I receive my magazine(s) at my new address?

    Address changes need to be processed and in place at least 1 month in advance of the effective date. For example to change your address for the June issue of your magazine, the address change needs to be processed prior to May 1 st . You can update your own contact information by logging in as a member at www.mca-marines.org , or if you prefer, you can call 1-866-622-1775 and a Member Services representative will be happy to update your address information for you. Also if you have an address change which recurs each year, we are happy to set up a seasonal address change for you.

  3. When should I expect to receive my magazine each month?

    The magazines are mailed to arrive during the first week of the month. You should normally receive your copy by the 10th of each month. Foreign addresses may take longer.

  4. Are back issues available? How do I order them?

    Yes, back issues are available. If you are a new member or renewing, you may request your term to start with a prior month if issues are available. If you are looking for a Leatherneck or Marine Corps Gazette from up to 10 years ago, you may purchase them for $5.95 each by calling 1-866-622-1775. Covers only are also available for $2.00 each. We have most issues from the past 10 years.


Affiliate Partner Benefits


  1. How do I apply for life and health insurance?

    You may visit www.mcainsurance.com to view information on the benefits and features of the Supplemental Health Care Plans available exclusively to Marine Corps Association & Foundation members and apply for insurance programs online. You may also contact MCA&F insurance administrator Customer Service directly at 1-800-368-5682 for details or questions.


Marine Corps Service-Related Information


  1. How may I contact Marines with whom I have served?

    You can locate other Marines on the Internet thru www.thefew.com , or www.usmc.mil , and click on “other links,” then “Marine organizations” and then, “mailcall USMC web groups.” The World Wide Locator at Quantico Marine Corps Base may be of help and can be reached at 703-784-3941. In addition, Leatherneck magazine publishes requests in the “Sound Off” column each month. You may contact Leatherneck through our web site, or call 1-800-336-0291 during business hours.

  2. How do I apply for the Combat Action Ribbon and Korean Commemorative Medal for service during the Korean War?

    Requests for the medal should be sent to U.S. Navy Liaison Office, National Personnel Records Center, Rm. 3475, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132. Include a copy of the discharge or separation document, or form DD214.

  3. How do I get a copy of a Marine's service record?

    Write to the National Personnel Records Center c/o Marine Corps Dept., 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 or phone 1-800-318-5298. Include your name, serial number, and/or social security number and date of birth.

  4. How can I determine awards a Marine has earned, and how can I get replacement medals?

    Contact Awards Branch at 703-784-3934 or write to Commandant of the Marine Corps, HQUSMC MMMA, Marsh Center, 3280 Russell Rd., Quantico, VA 22134. Include social security number and/or Service number, along with your signature. Please be specific in your request.

  5. How do I find unit reports and histories of units in which a Marine has served?

    If you're in the area you may visit Marine Corps Historical Center located 1254 Charles Morris St SE, Washington, DC where they have an archive of historical information and a reference section. You may also call 202-433-4253 or visit their web site at http://www.chinfo.navy.mil.

  6. How can I get a copy or get a corrected copy of my DD 214?

    You can obtain a copy or receive a corrected copy of a DD 214 by writing:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Or you may also call at: 314-801-0800 or send a FAX to 314-801-9195.

When sending in your request, make sure you include your full name; SSN(Service number too if you served when we used separate service numbers); mailing address; daytime telephone number; branch of service; what you want- DD 214; reason for the request.
There is also a Web site where you can go online and make your request- please take a look at: 
http://www.archives.gov/research_room/vetrecs/index.html