Battlefield Studies

USMC Professional Military Education Battlefield Studies and Staff Rides for Marine Operating Forces and Supporting Establishment worldwide are made possible through tax exempt contributions.

In 1996, the Marine Corps University Foundation formally expanded Professional Military Education (PME) funding beyond the Marine Corps University at Quantico and began supporting the Operating Forces and Supporting Establishment worldwide through the Command Support Program.  Solely through the generosity of private donors, the Marine Corps University Foundation provides available funding annually to Marines worldwide. The PME Program provides Marines funding for battlefield studies, staff rides, visiting scholars, and other professional military events.

Charitable tax free contributions allow Marine Corps University Foundation to support active duty Marines and their professional military education for over 21 years.

Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico personnel conducted a 7.6-mile hike and professional military education event at the Antietam National Battlefield at Sharpsburg, MD.  This was sponsored through tax deductible donations to MCUF.


Battlefield studies and visits, staff rides, lectures, academic chairs, visiting scholar programs, and other professional military events are made possible through tax deductible gifts provided by individual members, Corporate Members, Marine friends, and former Marines helping Marines.

To request funding for a PME event, view the PME Program Requirements. Each unit is allowed one Professional Military Education opportunity per calendar year.

To donate to Marine Professional Military education- so Marines worldwide can participate in Battlefield Studies, click below:

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax exempt gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Active Duty and Reserve Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. The Marine Corps University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Marine Corps University Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty Marines. Semper Fi!