Military Order of the Devil Dogs of New Hampshire
The Military Order of the Devil Dogs is the Fun and Honor Society of the Marine Corps League.
WHAT It DOES
It promotes good fellowship amongst the members of the different Marine Corps League Detachments. The Order provides amusement and entertainment at all gatherings of the League, when and where advisable. It assists in the accomplishment of all programs and objectives of the League, 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 whatsoever. The Order is also very active in raising funds for different charities.
WHO BELONGS TO IT
The Military Order of the Devil Dogs is made up of only members of the Marine Corps League. The Order accepts only 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 at least one year). The applicant must be active in his or her Detachment in the League, and must request membership in the Order. He or she must be recommended by his or her Detachment Commandant and be sponsored by two Devil Dogs or Pedigreed Devil Dogs. The applicant is then interviewed by 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. Then he or she becomes a Pup in the Order.
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 a Pack, and on the National level there is the Kennel. There are three different degrees in the Order. The lowest degree is that of Pup. The next highest degree is that of Devil Dog. The highest degree is that of 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 called the "Pack Leader". The head of the Kennel is also head of all Devil Dogs and is called "Honorable Chief Devil Dog".
The Order's many charitable donations not only help people, but also build good public relations for the Order, the League, and the United States Marine Corps.