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Eligibility

It’s Not The Price You Paid To Join…

It’s The Price You Paid TO BE ELIGIBLE

 

Here’s basic information as to the requirements and steps needed for becoming a Legion, S.A.L, Auxiliary or Riders Member. For information specific to joining Post 70, contact a Post 70 Officer.

To Become A Legionnaire

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).

  • A copy of your DD214 showing dates and character of service is required at the time of your membership application.

To Become An American Legion Rider

The membership requirements for the American Legion Riders are very straightforward. To become a member, you must…

  • Be a current member in good standing of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion.
  • Be a legally registered motorcycle owner of a motorcycle of at least 350cc engine displacement or the legally registered owner’s spouse within the state of registration
  • All operators must be properly licensed and insured in your state of residence (military equivalents acceptable as well)
  • All members must obey motor-vehicle laws in the state in which they are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger

To Become A Member of The S.A.L.

All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I or since December 7, 1941, 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 for membership in the Sons of The American Legion. There shall be no form 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.

To Become An Auxiliary Member

Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the:

(1) grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion; and

(2) grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who served in either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 and any time after December 7, 1941 who, being a citizen 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 either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge;

(3) 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 either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941 who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States during either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge; and

(4) 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 descendants) and/or spouse depends upon her membership in The American Legion.

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