Who We Are

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

As part of its mission focus, the Navy League of the United States:

  • Enhances the morale of sea service personnel and their families through national and council level programs.
  • Provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity.
  • Supports youth through programs, such as the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

Why Join

The Navy League gives civilians and veterans the opportunity to serve those that serve others.

The Navy League depends on passionate individuals like you to advocate for our mission. Local councils adopt ships and shore commands, reward and honor enlisted personnel, host dinners and celebrations for military personnel, and support family members left behind when spouses and parents are deployed. At the national level, membership allows you to help our legislative affairs team fight on behalf of our sea services and educate government officials. No prior military service is required to be a member. Spouses of those currently serving can join at no cost; just our way to thank you for all you do.


Navy League membership includes:

  • Membership in your local council
  • A subscription to Seapower magazine
  • Complimentary online training sessions
  • Invitations to local events and ship commissionings
  • Ability to join national committees to make policy changes and impact legislation
  • Exclusive member-only discounts with more than 20 companies