Marine Corps Executive Forum
The Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF) was created by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to strengthen the connection between America’s Marines and civilian leaders of businesses, organizations, academia, and faith-based groups in communities large and small throughout the country.


mcef overview

The Marine Corps Executive Forum strengthens the connection between America’s Marines and civilian leaders of businesses, organizations, academia, and faith-based groups in communities large and small throughout the country. Since 2006, the program has exposed civilian leaders from across the United States to the Marine Corps’ operational capabilities, current programs, and future initiatives.

During the program, participants have the rare opportunity to experience Marine Corps activities firsthand, becoming immersed in our culture while engaging with Marines. This exclusive program is limited to 20 participants per iteration, and four forums will be held in 2024. The forums will be held in the Washington, D.C. area 14 June, 19 July, 2 August and 23 August.

2024 dates


14 june 2024
Application due 9 March
19 july 2024
Application due 28 April
2 August 2024
Application due 4 may
23 august 2024
Application due 25 May


Program Information

Washington, D.C.

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Upon arrival, participants tour various locations key to learning the ethos, overall structure, and goals of the Corps. A typical day during the National Capital Region forum might include a tour of the Pentagon, live-fire demonstration at Weapons Field Training Battalion in Quantico, MV-22 Osprey orientation indoctrination flight, walking tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and attend an Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington - home of the Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps. 

As part of the program, participants also have an opportunity to partake in an open discussion with Marine Corps leadership on Corps’ key issues and priorities.


Applications should be submitted via email to MCEF@usmc.milPlease indicate “Marine Corps Executive Forum Application” in the subject line and attach the completed application as a PDF. Selected applicants will be notified by email no later than three weeks prior to the program commencement. The email will include an official invitation providing details and logistics.

To be considered, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application. Application deadlines are as follows:

» 14 June - Application due 9 March

» 19 July - Application due 28 April

» 2 August - Application due 4 May

» 23 August - Application due 25 May


Following their experience at the program, alumni continue their connection to the Marine Corps through involvement with organizations such as Marine For Life and the Wounded Warrior Project. Alumni also stay connected with each other, and current and prospective participants via the Marine Corps Executive Forum Facebook and LinkedIn groups. 

Program participants must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Business/civic leader or industry expert
  • In good health and able to stand up for 30 minutes at a time over a 12-16 hour day.
  • Able to financially afford transportation and lodging costs associated with traveling to and from the program location.
  • Have the permission and support of employer participation.
  • Committed to attending the forum if selected. 
Participants cannot:
  • Be employees or retirees of the Department of Defense, military or civilian services.
  • Have served in the military in either an active duty or reserve capacity within the last 10 years.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the Marine Corps
  • Work for or be affiliated with a Department of Defense contract.
  • Be associated with the media (unless working in a business operations or management capacity).
  • Have attended a service academy.





"The MCEF exceeded my expectations, and I had high expectations going into the day. As I reflect on what had the greatest impact on me, I cannot shake the unmistakable bond all of the Marines had. Clearly the Corps attracts, trains, retains and otherwise produces high achievers. I look forward to recruiting a few of your colleagues!”

- MCEF Participant


“I was very impressed with every Marine I came across. Marines are articulate, leaders, fit, squared-away, respectful, well mannered, demonstrate advanced knowledge in their area of operation, and all around well-rounded. Marines truly are special. I'm now an empowered and educated ambassador for the Marines. After this experience, I will tell every business owner/H.R. person: Hire a Marine.  I think you can train a Marine to do just about any job you have. They are leaders, very hard working, polite and doers."

-MCEF Participant




Contact the Marine Corps Communication Directorate, Community Relations Branch via


we are now accepting applications for 2024!