REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION
IMPORTANT: EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF
DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.
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Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:
1. Complete American Legion Membership application by clicking on "APPLICATION" button.
Print two (2) completed copies. Keep one copy for your records. Mail the other copy to above address, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application). Applications are also available at the Post.)
2. COPY OF DD214 DISCHARGE (Click this link for DD214 Discharge Application)
3. Membership Dues Payment. Dues. (Amount Shown on Application). 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 OR DISCHARGE
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.
- Eligibility -
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILTY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces
as described below:
Per Title 36 of the US Code, Chapter 217, Section 21703,
An individual is eligible for membership in the corporation [The American Legion] only if the individual—
(1) has served in the Armed Forces of—
(A) the United States at any time during—
- the period from April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918; or
- any time after December 7, 1941; or
(B) a government associated with the United States during a period or time referred to in subclause (A) of this clause and was a citizen of the United States when the individual entered that service; and (2) was honorably discharged or separated from that service or continues to serve honorably during or after that period or time.
The United States Space Force was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, signed by the President on December 20, 2019. It became Public Law No: 116-92,
‘‘§9081. The United States Space Force
‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established a United States Space Force as an armed force within the Department of the Air Force….
(c) SPACE FORCE AS AN ARMED FORCE.—Section 101(a)(4) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting ‘‘Space Force,’’ after ‘‘Marine Corps,’’.
Thus, as amended, Section 101(a)(4) of title 10, United States Code reads:
(4) The term “armed forces” means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard.
Therefore, as title 10 of the United States Code now includes Space Force as an “Armed Force” and our federally chartered membership criteria uses the same wording [“has served in the Armed Forces….any time after December 7, 1941”] there are no necessary acts required to extend membership to all who have served or continue to serve in the United States Space Force.
For any questions please contact our membership vice commander, phone, or come by the Post.
Click on the "Application" menu button for an online application form.