REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF
DD 214 OR PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY.
Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:
1. Complete American Legion Membership application (available from the Post)
Fill out two (2) completed copies. Keep one copy for your records. Mail or bring the other copy to the Post Adjutant, together with your dues payment.
2. Copy of DD214, DISCHARGE or AD ORDERS (see below)
3. Membership Dues Payment (contact post for current amount). Make checks payable to our Post listed above. DO NOT SEND CASH.
4. If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be mailed to you.
5. Please see eligibility dates below.
Veterans applying for transfers from your current Post to our Post must submit the following:
a. Completed Member Data Form.
b. COPY OF DD214, DISCHARGE or AD ORDERS (see below)
c. COPY OF MEMBERSHIP CARD
6. Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year's membership.
If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
National Guardsman/Reservist must have served at least one day on federal active duty during any of the delimiting periods listed above, and either have an honorable discharge or currently be serving. The key to determining if a Guardsman/Reservist has been on federal active duty is the “Authority Line” on the activation orders of the Guardsman/Reservist. In both cases “Title 10, Subsection 672 or 12301” are orders from the Secretary of Defense and are federal orders.
*All Reserve components currently send their service members to “Basic Training” using Title 10, Subsection 672/12301 orders.
A person must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates above and honorably discharged or still serving honorably.
Guard and Reserve; most of the people that are serving or served during the dates above will have military service that qualifies (details).
Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
A copy of DD Form 214 or equivalent may be requested using SF-180 submitted to the government archives.
For any questions please contact our membership chairman or any member of the Post.
The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary is a veterans’ service organization focusing on three major areas: veterans, young people and the community.
Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Auxiliary Membership
Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941; or who, being citizens of the United States at the time of their entry therein, served on active duty in the Armed Forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during any of said periods, and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge; and to those women who of their own right are eligible for membership in The American Legion
A person who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary or S.A.L.
The American Legion Riders are members of the American Legion who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. Members of the ALR come from the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The American Legion Riders is not an M/C, and does not practice M/C rules or regulations. The American Legion Riders is family-oriented, just as is its parent organization: the American Legion.
Together, members of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family.
Get your application from the post or email us for more details.