Founded in 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute is the independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Your membership ensures that the Naval Institute carries on its vital mission as The Independent Forum of the Sea Services—a place where free and independent debate may flourish.

The U.S. Naval Institute is a non-profit membership association serving a community of individuals who participate in an open forum to debate key issues in the Sea Services. We serve our members by providing a monthly journal, Proceedings, and other benefits such as our daily news service USNI News; blogs, newsletters, and mobile apps; discounts off all titles from the Naval Institute Press; as well as a discounted subscription rate on our award winning bi-monthly Naval History Magazine. Naval Institute members also have access to our archive, and networking and professional development programs via our conferences and events.

The Naval Institute shall remain:


A non-profit member association, with no government support, that does not lobby for special interests;


An independent, professional military association with a mission, goals, and objectives that transcend political affiliations;


Ideas and debate flourish through its respected journals, Proceedings and Naval History, its conferences, its books and its online content, in support of those who serve.

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