To be eligible to become a Member of the American Legion you must currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any eligible war eras. National Guard and Reservists having been Federally activated (including basic training) during these same war eras also meet the eligibility requirements.
The eligible war eras are as follows:
- Dec. 7, 1941 to Today
- April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed a bill July 30 2019 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941.
The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.
The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
Now that the legislation has been signed, The American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are changed.
To become a American Legion Member click here for the regular application.
To become a American Legion Member Online click here.
If you would like to apply to be a Paid for Life member click here.