MEMBERSHIP BENIFITS, ELIGIBILITY & PROCESS
The obvious benefit of membership in the Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob d. Hayes Detachment is to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Marines and FMF Corpsmen. We also help preserve the history and traditions of the Marine Corps through fitting acts such as participating in Parades, Color Guards, funerals, and conducting other ceremonies such as the Marine Corp Birthday Ball. The detachment participates in the community through recognizing upstanding citizens within the community with awards, such as those presented at an Eagle's Court of honor. Most importantly, as Marines we were taught from day-one that we take care of our own and never leave a
Marine behind. As members of the LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment we are demonstrating our commitment to that principal through fund raising efforts, outreach and community contacts to help support any Marine, FMF Corpsmen or their families in Denton County.
Types of Memberships
There are two types of entry-level memberships available to those interested in becoming members of the Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment. They are:
Regular Membership is available for those with honorable service as Marines or FMF 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 principles and purposes of the Marine Corps League, including those who have served honorably in other braches of the Armed Forces of the United States. Upon acceptance, associate members will receive a membership pin and a membership card, and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as regular members with the exception of those outlined under, "Associate Membership Restrictions."
Regular Membership Eligibility Criteria
Regular membership in the Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacab R. Lugo 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 of 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;
Marine Corps Device or Warfare device authorized for wear on the service ribbon.
Regular Membership Supporting Documentation
A photocopy 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 photocopy 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, providing 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.
The LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment annual membership dues are $42, payable at the time a regular or associate membership application is submitted.
Those eligible and interested in becoming a regular member should complete the regular membership application. Those desiring membership as an associate member should complete and submit the associate membership application. Both applications can be found in the "Semper Fi" Magazine or on the national Marine Corps League website. The application should be printed, signed and mailed, along with the necessary supporting documentation and annual membership dues to:
LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment
P.O. Box 3478
McKinney, TX 75070
The following is a link to the Application of Membership:
The LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment Adjutant/Paymaster will review all membership applications and supporting documents and advise applicants as to the date, time, and location of the next meeting. At the next meeting, all applicants will be introduced to the membership and will be permitted to remain at the meeting as visitors. At the point in the meeting where membership applications are reviewed and voted on by the membership, applicants will be dismissed from the meeting to preserve the integrity and confidentiality of the voting process. Following this process, applicants will be asked to return to the meeting and will be informed as to the results of their application. Those denied membership will receive a full refund of their membership dues that were provided with their application.
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 LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment. It is encouraged for members to purchase the red cover to wear during meetings and any events so that the public can recognize our organizational pride. It is also encourage for those with the means, to purchase the full uniform for wear during funerals Color Guards and other events. 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's "Semper Fi Store" or through other authorized vendors. A detailed description of each uniform can be found on the uniform pages. Links to the "Semper Fi Store" and the "Marine Shop" can be found on our "uniforms" page.