Modern Day Marine 2024: Any Clime and Place from Sea to Space



Marines participate in OBJ 1 Wargaming Convention at Modern Day Marine

APRIL 30 – MAY 2 All Day Starting at 8:30 AM

The OBJ 1 Wargaming Convention provides a focused venue for demonstrations, game play, and networking among military wargaming practitioners, designers, and industry. It will include computer-based games and table-top board games. More Information >>>



Senior Marines speak on the Marin Briefing Center Stage at Modern Day Marine

APRIL 30 – MAY 2 All Day Starting at 8:30 AM

The Main Briefing Center provides a platform for professional development content and presentations for the Marine Corps Community of Interest. Presentations include remarks by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, panel discussions with the Deputy Commandants and senior officials from the requirements, experimentation and acquisitions communities, and keynote addresses by geographic and functional combatant commanders and senior DoD/Department of the Navy leaders. The presentation schedule and topics will be available in spring 2024.



Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Speaks to Marines at the Semper Fidelis Reception at Modern Day Marine

THURSDAY 2 MAY 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

An informal happy hour style networking opportunity to close the final day of the show in the Marine Zone area for all industry and DoD constituent groups. Traditionally hosted by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the reception will include beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, and appetizer service.



Guest Speakers During the Military Spouse Summit and Luncheon at Modern Day Marine

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Military spouses will have the chance to engage in networking and educational opportunities during our annual Military Spouse Summit. The agenda comprises a luncheon, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a comprehensive employment and education fair. Session topics include military health care, employment, quality of life, housing, and dependent care and education. Participation is free and exclusive to military members and their spouses.



Marines at the Grand Gala & Awards Ceremony at Modern Day Marine

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Grand Gala, held at the The Westin Washington, DC Downtown, is a high value ancillary networking opportunity for exhibitors to connect with Marine Corps leadership, Marine Corps Systems Command personnel and their influencers in the government space. The event will commence at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM where we will honor the Dickey Chappelle and the Iron Mike Award recipients. Also in attendance will be Enlisted Award recipients and collective leadership from the MDM co-hosts, the Marine Corps Association and the Marine Corps League. All guests will enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Color Guard of the Marine Corps as well as a performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Learn more about the Dickey Chappelle and Iron Mike Awards and past recipients here. Attendance is restricted to exhibitors and members of the military. The required attire is black tie for civilians and Evening Dress, Blue Dress A, or equivalent for members of the military.



Commandant of the Marine Corps Speaks to Congressional Staffers and Members at the Congressional Breakfast at Modern Day Marine

THURSDAY 2 MAY 7:15 AM – 8:45 AM

The Modern Day Marine Congressional Breakfast will focus both lawmaker and appropriator attention on the conceptual strategic value of Force Design 2030 as a service level roadmap for rapid transition to a 21st century, naval integrated, “stand in force” for deterrence in restricted seas and complex littoral terrain. Invited guests will include the lawmakers, appropriators and affiliated professional staff who are most instrumental to informing and resourcing the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ vision for Force Design 2030. The breakfast will be followed by a private expo hall walk through and wargame demonstrations and game play. Attire is business formal for civilians and Service Charlies or service equivalent for members of the military. Attendance is restricted to exhibitors, non-exhibitors, and members of the military.



Marines and Attendees Listen to Guest Speakers in the Marine Zone at Modern Day Marine

APRIL 30 – MAY 2 All Day Starting at 9:00 AM

The “Marine Stage” is an expo hall presentation and networking venue in the midst of the “Marine Zone.” The Marine Zone is the area of the floorplan designated for Marine Corps research, experimentation, requirements & acquisitions organizations to display prototypes and interact with MDM participants in a centralized location. The Marine Stage provides Marine Corps and DoD subject matter experts and program managers with a purpose driven forum for short presentations that build awareness of programmatic requirements, gaps, and opportunities. The intent is to highlight Service level equity areas critical to the emerging Marine Corps mission set in order to spark substantive questions & meaningful discussion. The presentation schedule will be available in spring 2024.



Commandant of the Marine Corps speaks to USMC allies and partners at Modern Day Marine - New Event Partners & Allies Luncheon

TUESDAY 30 APRIL 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Allies & Partners Luncheon at Modern Day Marine offers a unique platform for U.S. Marines and other active-duty service members to engage with international partners and allies. This exclusive event provides a crucial opportunity to gain insights from senior officials, fostering a deeper understanding of the collaborative efforts shaping the future of our strategic partnerships. Attendees can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives, solidifying the bonds that contribute to the strength and unity of our global alliances.


WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This full day event offers transitioning service members and military spouses the opportunity to interact with potential employers, network with industry professionals, access employment resources, and learn the latest hiring trips and trends.