Welcome to the Navy League of the United States
What is the Navy League? The Navy League is a group of 72,000+ patriotic citizens who believe that the United States of America must remain a strong maritime power to protect our freedom and our economic way of life.
History President Theodore Roosevelt, in 1902, asked business leaders in New York City to organize a group to communicate this message – and the Navy League was born. President Roosevelt also provided funding from his Nobel Peace Prize to support the establishment of the Navy League.
What does the Navy League do? • The NL Headquarters staff assists the leaders of the Sea Services – Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, US-Flag Merchant Marine – in communicating their needs to the Congress of the United States. National President Sheila McNeill talks with Senator John McCain.
Cont’d • Sponsors Sea-Air-Space, one of the largest Maritime Expositions in the world!
Navy League Councils The heart and soul of the NL is the 300+ local councils worldwide that directly support sea service personnel – our sailors, marines, coasties and merchant mariners.
GOALS • Educate community leaders and citizens about America’s need for strong sea services. • Support the men and women of the sea services. • Provide assistance to sea service families. • Support youth programs.
What separates the NL from other military-related organizations? • Our membership requires ONLY that you be a citizen, not necessarily a former member of the military; and • Our mission is to support active members of the sea services, not promote services for our members We are an active-duty service organization, rather than a veteran’s service organization.
Reasons to Join • You have served America for many years and now you are separating or retiring. • The NL provides you with an opportunity to stay connected with the sea services and to continue to serve our young warriors, their families and our youth. • If the Navy Marine Corps, Coast Guard or US-Flag Merchant Marine has helped you with your career, now you have a chance to give something back to the sea services.
Transition • The NL pioneered, in 1958, a program called Highline to assist separating sea service personnel in their transition to a civilian career. We expanded our program in the 1960’s to include spouses, providing assistance for families relocating to a new community – information on jobs, climate, housing, schools, religious facilities and cost of living.