REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
IMPORTANT: EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.
If you are an eligible veteran applying for the first time membership, you must submit the following information to the Post Membership Committee:
- A completed American Legion Membership application by clicking “Print Application” . Print two (2) copiesof the application and keep one copy for your records. Mail the other copy to address on the application, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application) and copy of your DD-214 or Discharge . Applications are also available at the Post. DO NOT SEND CASH.
- If the information is correct on your application, your membership will be approved and your membership card will be mailed to you.
- Please see eligibility dates below.
If you are a Veteran applying for a transfer from your current Post to our Post, please must submit the following:
- Completed Member Data Form.
- Copy of your DD214 or Discharge
- Copy of your Membership Card
- Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year’s membership.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:
- April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918 (World War I)
- December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946 (World War II)
- June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
- February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
- August 24, 1982 – July 31,1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
- December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990 (Panama)
August 2,1990 through the date of an official announcement of cessation of hostilities in the Persian Gulf Operation,
"Enduring Freedom" and "War onTerrorism" ----- is covered under the Hostilities in the Persian Gulf which is an open date.
WORLD WAR II
Digest of Eligibility Opinions in which they are Eligible for Membership
Active Duty (honorable discharge,constitutional period)
Aliens (Honorable active duty,U.S. Armed Forces)
Allies,Service with (If citizen of U.S. at time of entry therein)
Armed Guard (Navy)-(Naval personnel manning defense ordnance,
Army Transport Service: (Administrative group comprised of military
personnel on active duty for the purpose of
administering troops being carried thereon)
Canadian Forces, Service with (If active duty, honorable termination,
constitutional period and U.S. citizenship time of entry)
Coast Guard (Active duty, honorable termination, constitutional period)
Coast Guard Academy (Cadets)
Coast Guard Beach Patrol (CGR)-(If active duty)
Coast Guard, Women's Reserve (SPAR's)-(If active duty)
Disability, Discharged (If active duty,honorable termination)
Marine Corps,Women's Reserve (If active duty)
Marine Officers' Training School
West Point, Annapolis, Coast Guard-Cadets
Nurses, Army and Navy
Officers' Candidate Schools (If member Armed Forces)
Over-Age (Discharged for)
WAAC's (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps). If served on or after May,1942
WAC's (Women Army Corps)-(If active duty)
Wasp ( Women's Air Force Service Pilots). If service between Sept. 10,
1942 & Dec. 20, 1944.
WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)-
(Naval Reserve if active duty)
National Guard & Reserve Eligibility
The National Guard and Reserve are reqired to meet the same
eligibility requirements as the time federal active veterans. To be
eligible, the National Guardsman/Reservist must have been Federally activated (including basic training) during the delimiting periods, and
either have an honorable discharge or currently be serving in the
Guard/Reserve or on federal active duty.
If a Guardsman/Reservist has been on or currently serving 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
The authority the Governor use to activate the National Guard
as an individual or unit is "Title 32" orders, i.e. Weekend Drills
and Annual Training. These are "NOT" federal orders. The Reserves
have similar reserve orders which are "Title 10, Subsection 270".
This authority code gives the reserve component the authority to
activate the reserves for Weekend Drills and Annual Training.
Note: A DD-214 will be issued for the time on federal active
duty or a DA-1059 for a completion of a school will be issued with a
character type of discharge. All Reserve components send their service
members to "Basic Training" using Title 10, Subsection 672/12301
During the Vietnam War, it was the practice of the Air Force
to call members of the Air National Guard to duty for temporary
periods, frequently for more than 10 days. The call is made with the
consent of the individual and the Governor of the state concerned.
The duty usually involves flying Air Force cargo from the United
States to Southeast Asia. Correspondence with the Chief of the
National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., has established that duty
of the type outlined herein is included in the term of "active duty"
in the sense that it is full-time duty in the active military service
of the United States. Upon the completion of such duty, as evidence
by the issuance of a Form DD-214 or other evidence of honorable
separation, the individual is eligible for membership in the American
Legion, provided, of course, that any part of the duty occurred
between December 22,1961, and May 7,1975.
U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force or Coast Guard Academies
" Cadets who served at the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force
or Coast Guard Academies during any of the delimiting periods set
forth under Article IV, Section 1 of the National Constitution and
whose service has been honorably terminated those individuals are
eligible for membership in The American Legion." Chapter 1 Section
101 (21) Title 38, United States Code provides as follows: The term "active duty" means service as a cadet at the U.S. Military,
Air Force or Coast Guard Academies or as a Midshipman at the U.S.
You must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates above and honorably discharged or still serving honorably.
For any questions please contact our membership chairman, or stop at the Post.