If you’ve served active duty in the armed forces during any of the time periods listed here, and have been honorably discharged OR are still on active duty……
To be eligible for The American Legion, a man or woman must have served at least one day of active duty in one of the armed forces of the United States during one of the eligibility eras below.
- World War I – April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918;
- World War II – December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946;
- Korea – June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955;
- Vietnam – February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975;
- Lebanon & Grenada – August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984;
- Panama – December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990;
- Merchant Marines 12/7/41 – 12/31/46 (only eligibility);
- Persian Gulf – August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities as determined by the Government of the United States (This means that all military personnel now on active duty are eligible for membership in The American Legion).
Current and past members of the National Guard and Reserve may also be eligible for membership provided that they had periods of at least four months of duration for training in one or another of the aforementioned eligibility eras. Annual summer camps and weekend drills do not constitute eligible periods of service. Active duty is the key to Legion membership. A person need not have served overseas to be eligible, but must possess an Honorable Discharge (DD Fm 214).
Here is how to join:
Download and print a copy of the application form. Complete all areas of the application and sign it. Place the application and your preferred method of payment: Personal Check, Money Order or Cashiers Check for $35.00 in an envelope. DO NOT SEND CASH. Mail it along with a copy of you DD 214 to the Commander at the PO Box at the bottom of the page.