MCCS Board of Directors Story
The Marine Corps Community Service (MCCS) Board of Directors was created in 1996 to involve senior leaders in the oversight and long range planning of Quality of Life (QOL) issues. The Board serves as the decision making forum for MCCS related issues that have an impact on the Marine Corps above the individual command or base level.
The Board is made up of 17 members from every command and base Corps wide.
Board members from HQ USMC include the Deputy Commandants for Programs and Resources (Chair), Manpower and Reserve Affairs (Vice Chair), Installations and Logistics, and the Director, Fiscal Division. Marine force commanders, include U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Expeditionary Force (I or II MEF), Marine Corps Installations - East, Marine Corps Installations - West, Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Commanding General Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Nonvoting and Ex Officio Members of the board include the Counsel for the Commandant, Director of the Personal and Family Readiness Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and a Board Recorder.
The MCCS Board advises the Commandant on QOL matters and makes decisions on development and distribution of funding for MCCS appropriated (APF) and non-appropriated fund (NAF) programs, and monitors military and NAF construction program development and execution.
The Board is also responsible for development and execution of a five-year strategic plan, establishment of program standards and measures of effectiveness, and execution, tracking, and reporting of resources.
Based on recommendations from the five standing committees, the Board develops and implements major policies affecting MCCS programs and markets the MCCS strategic vision to DoN, DoD, and Congress.
Four standing committees support the MCCS Board of Directors, Budget Oversight, Construction, and Investment Oversight. The committees perform detailed analysis and make recommendations to the Board. To ensure that each installations has input in shaping the services provided by MCCS, every installation commander is represented on one of the committees.
How to present an issue to the Board of Directors
Many of you may have ideas or issues regarding MCCS programs that would help improve the quality of life of Marines across the Corps. But how do you get your ideas or issues in front of the people who make the decision on MCCS programs.
The first step would be to contact your base or command MCCS Director. The local director will work to validate the request or solve the problem using local resources or support mechanisms.
Ideas or issues that cannot be resolved at the local level can be forwarded to HQ USMC MCCS where it will be assigned to one of the 4 standing MCCS Board of Directors Committee for review and recommendations.
The committee uses established guidelines to make recommendations to the Board, who ultimately makes the decision on the issue.
A good example of how the MCCS Board works involves a recent request to increasing funding for MCCS Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) type activities provided to Marines working on Inspector-Instructor staffs, on Recruiting Duty and serving in the Ready Reserve, and the Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR).
Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) and the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) requested an increase in the amount of NAF for MWR type activities. Based on research done by MR and the Equity Committee, the per capita distribution was increased 50% from $60 per Marine per year to $90 in 2001 and it's slated to go to $120 in 2002. The Board also approved per Marine support for SMCR unit Family Days-days designed to focus on family readiness issues. Thanks to the efforts of MARFORRES and MCRC, this idea has become reality and resulted in a major policy change for the Marine Corps.