DEVIL DOG'S CREED
|I am an American: I was born in France. I have held the title of United States Marine, and understand the commitment of holding the title, Devil Dog. It is a tradition born at Belleau Wood in the year 1918, of a Force In Readiness and the "First To Fight". As a Devil Dog, I ask no quarter and give no quarter. I will do everything in my power to uphold the objectives of the Military Order of Devil Dogs and to carry out my duties to a swift and satisfactory completion.|
|The Military Order of the Devil Dogs is the fun and honor society of the Marine Corps League.|
|Promotes good fellowship amongst the members of different Marine Corps League Detachments. The Order provides amusement and entertainment at all gatherings of the League, when and where advisable, preserves and strengthens the principles and ideals of the League, and maintains true allegiance to the United States of America and its Constitution and laws. It fosters and extends American institutions of freedom and defends America against all enemies foreign and domestic.The Order is also very active in raising funds for children's hospitals, and associated charities.|
| The Military Order of Devil Dogs
is made up only of Members of the Marine Corps League. The
Order only accepts the most worthy of League Members.
How to Join:
|You must be a paid-up member in good standing in the Marine Corps League for a minimum of one year. The applicant must be active in his/her Detachment in the League, and must be invited to become a member in the Order. He/She must be recommended by the Detachment Commandant and be sponsored by two Devil Dogs or Pedigreed Devil Dogs. The applicant is then interviewed by the the members of the Pound at a Pound Growl (a meeting is called a Growl). If accepted, the applicant must undergo an initiation and swearing-in ceremony.|
|The Pound is on
a local level and is usually made up of members of different Marine
Corps League Detachments. On the State level there is the
Pack, and on the National level there is a Kennel. There are
three different degrees in the Order. The lowest degree is
that of a Pup. The next degree is that of a Devil
Dog. The highest degree is that of a Pedigreed Devil
Dog. The Pup wears a black ribbon, the Devil Dog wears a red
ribbon, and the Pedigreed Devil Dog wears a gold ribbon. The
ribbon is worn around the neck and a Dog Tag is attached to it.
The head of the Pound is called the Pound Keeper. The head of the pack is the Pack Leader. The head of the Kennel is also the head of all Devil Dogs and is called Chief Devil Dog.
The Order's many charitable donations not only help people in need, but also build good public relations for the Order, the League, and the United States Marine Corps.