Commander-in-Chief Welcome

A Letter from the Commander-in-Chief

Welcome to The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) website.

The Military Order of the World Wars is patriotic, nonpartisan Veterans Service Organization (VSO) whose motto is, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” MOWW was founded at the suggestion of General of the Armies John J. “Blackjack” Pershing 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic (civic) education, and military and public service. The purpose of our Order is found in the 9 tenets described in our Preamble.

MOWW chapters provide opportunities to support veterans of all ranks and service, youth patriotic (civic) education, college ROTC and high school JROTC, Scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order, national and homeland security programs, and inculcate and stimulate love of our country and flag.

We want you serving alongside us. Eligibility is open to active duty, retired and former commissioned or warrant officers of the uniformed services of the United States: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Coast Guard, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Family members who are directly related to eligible officers within two degrees of consanguinity (i.e., spouse, son/stepson, daughter/step-daughter, grandson and/or granddaughter) are also eligible as Hereditary Members. Since 2021, this includes parents who are veterans as well.

The motto of MOWW is “It is Nobler to Serve than be Served.” This sums up our Companions’ commitments of MOWW to our Veterans, families, youth, and our country. If you want to continue to serve our nation in a meaningful and impactful way, consider joining our Order. If you have any questions about MOWW or want to locate a chapter near you, please go to the “Find a Chapter” section on this website’s homepage.


91st Commander-in-Chief
The Military Order of the World Wars