Leatherneck Magazine

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December 1970 issue with Miss Alabama Ann Fowler in South Vietnam

Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines (or simply Leatherneck) is a magazine for United States Marines.

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was first published as a newspaper by off-duty Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico in 1917, and was originally named The Quantico Leatherneck. In 1918, "Quantico" was dropped from the name.

In 1920, with the formation of the Marine Corps Institute (MCI) by Commandant of the Marine Corps John A. Lejeune, Leatherneck became an official Marine Corps publication under the auspices of MCI, and was moved to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. In 1925, the format was changed from a newspaper to a magazine.

During World War II, many of the Marine Corps' combat correspondents were assigned to Leatherneck. In 1943, the Leatherneck Association was formed to govern the magazine, making it more autonomous and answerable only to the Commandant.

The magazine is sometimes referred to as the "Reader's Digest for Marines".[citation needed] Its name derives from the slang term "leatherneck" for a U.S. Marine, referring to the leather-lined collar or stock of the original Marine uniform.

Leatherneck was an official Marine Corps publication until 1972, staffed primarily by active-duty Marines. That year all active-duty positions were eliminated and the magazine returned to Quantico. In 1976, the Leatherneck Association merged with the Marine Corps Association (MCA). As of 2016, MCA continues to publish Leatherneck alongside another Marine Corps periodical, the Marine Corps Gazette.


"To be the magazine of Marines—yesterday, today and tomorrow."

Leatherneck today[edit]

Leatherneck is available in magazine form, online, and through a mobile application.

Col Mary Reinwald, USMC (Ret) became the first female editor-in-chief in 2014.

As of 2015, the magazine has over 40,000 monthly readers.

Staff and contributors[edit]

Leatherneck staff and contributors have included:


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