About the Military Order and Its Membership
The Military Order is a patriotic nonpartisan organization, which holds that it is nobler to serve than to be served. The Order was established in 1919 to promote the welfare of our Nation. Because it clearly is not a self-seeking organization, the Order is widely respected and listened to, throughout all branches of the Government and across the Country.
The Order provides an opportunity for Officers of all of the Uniformed Services to unite in a strong program to promote National Security, Patriotism, Good Citizenship and Service to Country.
The Order is comprised of over 155 Chapters across the nation. In acknowledgment of the local Chapter as the focal point for the work of the Order, the role of the elected staff and National Headquarters is one of support to the Chapter. The Chapters hold regular meetings to hear important speakers and to plan for the accomplishment of support of outreach programs in support of the Preamble of the Order.
Support for National Security
The Order sponsors ongoing programs by which you can help the nation maintain a strong military posture. Over the years, our consistent, effective support has helped with significant legislative, personnel, and hardware improvements in our national security position.
Youth Leadership and Patriotic Education Programs
You can help promote much-needed patriotic education in our nation’s schools through the Military Order’s patriotic education program. Thousands of citizens each year participate in programs sponsored directly and supported by the Order, including seminars at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and seventeen other sites across the Nation. In addition, the Order provides books and materials for students to learn about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and our Flag. Outstanding future leaders get an education that helps to keep alive our National Heritage and Free Enterprise System.
Reserve Officer Training Corps Support (ROTC)
America will always need qualified military leaders — regardless of the ebb and flow of military sentiment. You can play a part in developing this leadership through the Order’s active programs which support the military academies and ROTC. These programs help make students and the public aware of the advantages of military education, as well as recognize more than 5000 outstanding ROTC cadet students each year.
The Order provides support for both the Junior and Senior ROTC Programs each year. The Order also directly contributes to programs established to provide training and education for “Youth at Risk”. Support is provided during the school year and during summer camp programs. Awards are presented to outstanding cadets at annual ceremonies by Chapter members.
Respected Voice in Washington…and around the World
The Military Order enables you to unite with thousands of other citizens and know that you will be heard on matters of national security, law and order and other important issues. The Order presents its opinions to all branches of government…along with the facts and figures, resolutions, and important military expertise to strengthen the nation at home and abroad.
Accomplishments over the Years
Patriotic Education Committee… Formed to support and coordinate the many Patriotic Education Programs of the Order.
ROTC Programs… Early supporters of the establishment and growth of the programs during the years prior to World War II.
Congressional Charter… Provides recognition that MOWW is numbered among the most significant Veteran’s Organizations.
Boy and Girl Scout Programs… Provide support and recognition for the achievement of the highest level in the Scouting Programs.
Massing of the Colors… This colorful ceremony was instituted by MOWW and is now seen in communities across the Nation as a key patriotic event.
Distinguished Service Award… Presented each year to Nationally recognized patriots, who are honored for having rendered great service to our National Defense.
Armed Forces Day… Originally established as a result of the efforts of the Military Order as “ARMY DAY” in 1928. It became “Armed Forces Day” in 1950.
Purple Heart medal… The Order supported the re-establishment of the medal during the tenure of the Chief of Staff of the Army General Douglas Mac Arthur, who had also served as the elected Commander in Chief of The Order.
Members included; Pershing, MacArthur, Marshall, Truman, Westmoreland, Mundy, Boorda, Sullivan, and Reagan.
Officer Review Magazine… Published in ten issues annually, has received numerous awards over the years for articles written by members of the Order.