The Key Wives Network has evolved over the last 15 years within the Marine Corps. It began with the increasing percentage of married Marines and the realization that issues concerning family members impact on a Marine's ability to focus on the duties assigned. The Key Wives Network proved its value during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm when many units deployed with little advance warning. Family members left behind relied on each other for information, help, referrals, and support. In recognition of the valuable contribution made by the informal networks, General Carl E. Mundy Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, formalized the Key Volunteer Network within the Marine Corps.
Just as the Network has evolved over time, so has the role of the Key Volunteer. Overall, Key Volunteers are better trained today and are more professional in the execution of their duties than those of any previous time. They are also keenly aware of their role as a conduit for communication between the families and the unit. The unit Key Volunteer Network is a reflection of the CO and his/her priorities; its strength lies in its ability to assist the unit by serving the needs of its families.
Key Volunteer Network Commanding Officer's Guide NAVMC 2917
Key Volunteer Network Key Volunteer's Guide NAVMC 2918
Key Volunteer Network Key Volunteer Coordinator's Guide NAVMC 2919
Key Volunteer Network Key Volunteer Training Guide NAVMC 2920