All serving and retired personnel belonging to the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and the Indian mercantile marine service desirous of becoming members may be granted Associate Membership by the Committee on payment of Annual membership fees, which are to be fixed by the Foundation from time to time. In addition, Army and Air Force officers, officers from police and para-military forces, academics, diplomats, bureaucrats, members of the shipping industry and any other person with maritime background or interest in maritime security and desirous of becoming a member may be granted Associate Membership. Associate Membership shall be granted initially only for a period of one year and subsequently may be renewed, on request, for a period of three to five years, at the sole discretion of the Committee. Associate Membership may also be granted to NRIs and foreign nationals on case to case basis. The Associate Members will not have voting rights, but will receive the NMF journal and intimation about major NMF functions by Fastest Available Means (FAM).