Navy Wives Clubs of America, Inc.
NWCA is the Navy Wives Clubs of America Incorporated. It is the country’s only national organization of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard enlisted spouses and the ONLY one officially recognized by the United States Navy (BUPERSINST 5760.1A). In October 1984, NWCA was granted a Federal Charter by the United States Congress.
NWCA was chartered on June 3, 1936, in the state of California and has grown in chartered clubs throughout the world. Because of its vastness, it is divided into regions.
Membership in NWCA is open to all spouses of enlisted personnel serving in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and the active reserve units of these services. It is also open to spouses of those who have been honorably discharged with pay or retired and to their widow/widowers.
Membership is also available to those who do not fall into the above categories. Consult the national bylaws for full information on all types of membership in NWCA including associate, spouse, honorary, life and member-at-large.
The purpose of NWCA is to:
- Promote a friendly, sympathetic relationship among the spouses of enlisted men and women of the United States Sea Services.
- Extend relief and assistance to needy members and other families of the sea services.
- Foster a spirit of fellowship among its members and military friends.
- Maintain and grant charters to local clubs adhering to the purposes, principals and policies of the organization.
- Promote the organization and its aims and purposes.
The advantages of membership in NWCA:
- Meet new friends who share the same problems of military life and who are willing to assist you when you are in need.
- Participate in worthwhile activities that help benefit both the military and civilian communities.
- Members can help you to settle into your community by introducing you to neighbors and friends.
- Transfer into other chartered clubs when your spouse receives a set of orders.
- Give local information to incoming transfer members
- If transferring to an area where there is no NWCA club, an individual may become a member-at-large.
- Members enjoy a mutual fellowship and can make lifelong friends.
- Members and their children may receive educational benefits through varied scholarships.
- Opportunity to work towards a national chairmanship or office.