The Navy League of the United States will be the preferred resource for the education of both the United States Congress and the American Public on our sea services.
The Navy League of the United States is a civilian organization dedicated to informing the American people and their government that the United States of America is a maritime nation and that its national defense and economic well being are dependent upon strong sea services United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and United States Merchant Marine.
1. Educate national leaders and the nation.
2. Support the men and women of the sea services.
3. Provide assistance to sea service families.
4. Support youth programs.
The Navy League of the United States was incorporated in 1902. An early benefactor was President Theodore Roosevelt, who donated to the cause a portion of the monies he received from the Nobel Peace Prize. He stated:
"It seems to me that all good Americans interested in the growth of their country, and sensitive to its honor, should give hearty support to the policies which the Navy League is founded to further. Further-more, there is a special need in a matter of such importance to all of us, which is not yet the special business of any of us, that a society should be formed to watch with a jealous eye the general interest.
For the building and maintaining in the proper shape of the American Navy, we must rely upon nothing but the broad and far-sighted patriotism of our people as a whole; and it is of great importance that there should be some means by which this patriotism can find an effective utterance. Your society offers just the means needed."
The Navy League has set forth the following objectives:
1. To foster and maintain interest in a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as integral parts of a sound national defense and vital to the freedom and economic prosperity of the United States.
2. To serve as a means of educating and informing the American people with regard to the role of sea power in the modern era and the challenges involved in maintaining strong national defenses.
3. To improve the understanding and appreciation of those who wear the uniforms of our armed forces and to better the conditions under which they live and serve.
4. To educate and train our youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine, through the support of an active and vigorous U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the promotion and recognition of the national ROTC/JROTC programs.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
We of the Navy League of the United States stand for a strong America, a nation morally, economically and internally strong.
We believe that the security of our nation and of the people in the world demands a well-balanced, integrated, mobile American defense team, of which a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine are indispensable parts.
We support all Armed Services to the end that each may make maximum contribution to the national security.
We know that in a free nation an informed public is indispensable to national security, and, therefore, we will strive to keep the nation alert to dangers, which threaten both from without and within.
We favor appropriations for each of the Armed Services, adequate for national security, economically administered.
We oppose any usurpation of the Congress' constitutional authority over the Armed Services.
We urge that our country maintain world leadership in scientific research and development.
We support industrial preparedness, planning and production.
We support efforts of our government to achieve worldwide peace through international cooperation.
We advocate a foreign policy, which will avoid wars--if possible; if not, win them!
We pledge our loyalty and allegiance to the Government and to the Flag of the United States, and will work toward the furtherance of the principles stated herein.
Navy Marine Corps Coast Guard Merchant Marine