Requirements

The American Legion
Membership Requirements

 

 If you have served federal active duty in the United States 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 are determined by the Government of the United States.

**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
 

A copy of your DD214 showing dates and character of service is required at application.

This information is available online at www.legion.org/national/join/about


 

To join the SAL you must be a male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons but does not include in-laws) of...

All male decedents, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in Service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, and the War on Terrorism, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of the American Legion, or who died subsequent to their Honorable Discharge from such service, shall be eligible fore Membership in the Sons of The American Legion.

There shall be no forms or class of membership except an active membership.

 

A copy of The American Legion membership card or DD214 of the Veteran through whom you are qualified is required at application.

This information is available online at https://www.legion.org/sons/about

 


 

To join the Auxiliary you must be a woman who...

Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, 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 woman who is eligible for American Legion membership is eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary regardless of whether or not she is a member of The American Legion. However, eligibility of her female relatives (sister, mother, direct decedents) depends upon her membership in The American Legion.

    As with the Sons this does not include In-Laws.

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A copy of The American Legion membership card or DD214 of the Veteran through whom you are qualified is required at application.

This information is available online at https://www.alaforveterans.org/Members/Membership/