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The Jacksonville Council of the Navy League of the United States is Florida's Flagship Council. We were chartered in 1954 as the first Navy League Council in Florida. We are proud to be members of this Council and all this patriotic, education organization encompasses.
The Navy League is a civilian organization of more than 50,000 members dedicated to keeping the American people and government officials informed about America’s national security requirements, and their relationship to our economic prosperity. The Navy League focuses particular attention on the Sea Services component of our great defense team. The United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and US-flagged Merchant Marine.
MISSIONS & ACTIVITIES
We have been assigned three specific missions.
Enhance the morale of active duty Sea Services personnel and their families
Inform Congress and the American people of the importance of strong US seapower
Support and educate young people about the Sea Services through youth programs like the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Naval Junior ROTC, and others
The Jacksonville Council of the Navy League of the United States is charged with responsibility to the stated missions of the national organization in our local area. We hold what amounts to a franchise to do our best to advance those causes. We depend on passionate individuals to help us perform at a high level. Working together we can accomplish remarkable things that benefit our local area as well as strengthening the sea services we depend upon for national defense.
Our value as a Navy League council is measured by our performance in accomplishing them; nothing else.
ADVOCACY FOR SEA SERVICE RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT
We have a specific duty to inform the citizens of northeast Florida as well as our business, civic and elected governmental leaders about the vital importance of locally based sea service activities to the local economy. Taken together, our sea services generate the largest single industry contribution to our local economy; more than 15 billion dollars of beneficial economic impact annually. While we might regard this contribution as reasonably secure, there is always pressure to increase the efficiency of military spending. This has led to major realignments of resources in the past that have sometimes hurt us significantly, largely because of political pressures favoring other areas. Guarding against such losses in the future depends upon maintaining close and supportive relationships with our congressional representatives. Accomplishing that is largely based on keeping the importance of the sea services in top-of-mind awareness among local leaders and citizens alike. The most effective advocacy comes from bottom up. Keeping it coming is our job as Navy Leaguers.
SUPPORT OF SEA SERVICES FAMILY MORALE
Imagine how tough it is to raise a family when one parent or the other is gone for months at a time; often on missions that include the possibility of injury or death. Given the nature and location of threats to our national security, such sea service deployments are getting longer and longer while assignments ashore are getting harder and harder to find. The result is what seems like ever increasing pressure on sea service families to hold it together.
PROMOTING BENEFICIAL YOUTH ACTIVITIES
Since we all recognize that our nation's future depends on our youth of today, it makes perfect sense that we do everything we can to aid the development of positive character traits in young people that increase their ability to become productive adults. In the Jacksonville Council, we make our contribution to helping young people develop into tomorrow's leaders at three specific levels.