About the American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.  It is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Eligibility Requirements for Membership

What are the eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion?

Thanks to the LEGION ACT (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act), Congress expanded the current eligibility period to cover Dec. 7, 1941, to the present, and includes the current war campaigns.  Previously, there were seven declared war periods. Now there are two, the current war period dating back to World War II and another war era covering World War I.  No other restrictions to American Legion membership changed.

I'm currently on active duty. Am I eligible?

Yes, you are a veteran. All current active duty military are eligible for membership.  The membership fee is waived for active duty members.