Local chapters were a core strength over many years until a number of them began to suffer from "age fatigue." Too many members were roughly the same age and too few younger Marines had been made to feel wanted or welcome by FMDA. We failed to reach out. Simple as that.
Some chapters are robust and some just "chug along" while others are immobilized or defunct. No chapter can be sustained or made stronger by the sun coming up. Members need to act. Has there ever been a Marine unit that didn't reflect (in full) the nature of its leaders? Hell, no.
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But FMDA is not merely a federation of chapters, we are a body of members who can either (1) join FMDA and choose to belong to a chapter; (2) join FMDA and choose not to belong to a chapter or (3) join FMDA and form a brand new chapter. To form a new chapter takes a couple of steps.
There is nothing to prevent you from joining FMDA and then forming a new chapter with at least twelve (12) members. Keep this in mind: members can belong to more than one chapter. Interested? Go to our Form a New Chapter page. Note: Marine units can create their own chapters.