Molly Marine Award

The Molly Marine Award consists of a challenge coin and certificate and is presented by WMA to one female graduate at the end of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC. Award recipients are selected by members of each graduating platoon as individuals who best exemplify the Espirit de Corps and ideal of excellence which is the hallmark of all Marines.

To find out more about Esprit de Corps, click here.



The Department of Defense "Lamp of Learning" ribbon and a WMA certificate is presented annually to outstanding Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets in high schools across the United States and overseas. Whenever possible, a member of WMA volunteers to present this award to the selected cadet(s).

To get more info on Marine Corps MCJROTC, click here to visit their website.

Awards Given out at Convention

WMA National Service Awards

At each Biennial Convention WMA awards the National Service Award to the member(s), chapters or individuals who have gone above and beyond extolling Marine Corps Values ans WMA purposes.

This is presented at the opening banquet. In 2014 WMA had three winners:

  • Valerie Breidenbaugh
  • Barbara Chagnon
  • WMA Motor City Chapter MI-2

Download the NSA Award winners here.

The Recognition and Awards Ceremony

WMA presents awards to chapters based on submitted entries. A panel of judges determine the winners based on the criteria listed in the R&A guidelines. Chapter Achievements Awards are based on a chapters' activity based on the WMA Purposes. Chapters will submit entries in the following categories and are presented with streamers for their chapter flags. These categories include:

  • Chapter Achievement
  • History
  • Newsletter
  • Chapter Website
  • Recruiting

Download the R&A guidelines here.

Ruth and Dick Broe Award

This, the highest Overall Outstanding Chapter Achievement award, is presented to the chapter who has accomplished the most in keeping the objectives of the Women Marines Association as demonstrated by their entries in the Chapter Achievement Categories. This award is presented at the closing banquet, the 2014 winning chapter was LA-1 Molly Marine Chapter.



Area Directors are teh points of contact for the Chapters regarding Recognition and Awards (R&A) information. Should you have questions that are not answered by the current edition of 'NOUNCEMENTS, the WMA ByLaws, or this guide, they should contact R&A Chair for that convention at See your Resource Manual and Directory for the current chair person.