Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs are vital to mission accomplishment and form an integral part of the non-pay compensation system. These programs encourage positive individual values, personal development, and aid in recruitment and retention of personnel. The MCCS programs provide for the physical, cultural, service and social needs of Marines and other members of the Marine Corps family. They also provide community support systems that make Marine Corps bases/stations temporary hometowns for this mobile population.
The MCCS Mission is to make significant lasting contributions to combat readiness through the personal and family readiness of our Marines and their families. MCCS maintains mission readiness and productivity through programs that promote the physical and mental well being of all members of the Marine Corps including active duty, reserve, retired and civilian.
MCCS is comprised of exchange activities, recreation programs and family services activities. The term MCCS includes all programs/activities under these areas unless stated otherwise. Since there are funding restrictions that apply through both policy and public law for certain programs/activities, a distinction must be made. There are those activities that are totally supported by appropriated funds (APF) and those that are authorized support from both APF and non-appropriated funds (NAF).
Components of MCCS include: Marine and Family Programs, Semper Fit, Business Operations and Retail
Where Does MCCS Money Go?
MCCS is a large, diverse organization within the Marine Corps whose sole mission is to enrich the lives of every Marine, Sailor and family member serving aboard the base. This involves more than 80 comprehensive programs.
MCCS is comprised of two funds:
Appropriated Funds (APF)
Tax dollars directed by Congress to the specific MCCS level activity
Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF)
Profits that are derived from retail, services and recreational activities within each base or station level command
Both are used to support MCCS activities and are divided into 3 categories:
Categories A and B activities are funded with varying percentages of both NAF and APF dollars, while Category C activities are funded primarily with NAF dollars.
Mission Sustaining Activities
These are activities that are considered to be the most essential in meeting the objectives of the Marine Corps. Examples include: physical fitness facilities, libraries, Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) programs and unit level sports. These programs are almost entirely APF.
These activities are closely related, in terms of supporting the military mission, to those in Category A. Examples include: auto skills, youth activities and outdoor recreation. They receive NAF generated revenues plus APF support.
These activities have resale business capability and can generate enough income to cover most, if not all, of their operating expenses. Examples include: exchanges, the golf course, movie theater, service stations, convenience stores and the marina. These activities operate almost solely on NAF monies.
Why Spend Money with MCCS?
Without patron buying power, it becomes a challenge to set aside the necessary monies to build, buy or enhance programs, events or construction projects. For MCCS to be an effective and efficient entity in providing outstanding QOL programs for service members and their families, continued patronage is vital.