American Legion Membership Eligibility Requirements
For membership in The American Legion, you must be currently serving or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military and served at least one day on active duty during one of the following periods: (Eligibility periods are established by the U.S. Congress)
12/7/41-12/31/46 – World War II
6/25/50-1/31/55 – Korean War
2/28/61-5/7/75 – Vietnam War
8/24/82-7/31/84 – Lebanon
12/20/89-1/31/90 Grenada & Panama
8/2/90 to the Present. (Termination of this eligibility period to be determined by the U.S. Congress)
Also eligible for membership if: 1.Your basic training time was on federal activation orders and during one of the above periods. 2. Your activations were for training or for missions; check the title and subsection of your activation orders. 3. For Legion membership, the term “active duty” as used in our national constitution includes “active duty for training.” 4. Legion guidelines further defines National Guardsmen and reservists as eligible under services to federal activation orders Title 10, Subsection 672 or Subsection 12301, created following Desert Storm to replace Subsection 672. The activation order is the authority line. Non-eligible activation orders are Title 32 for the National Guard and Title 10 Subsection 270 for the reserves.
Please note: You will need to provide a copy of your military discharge papers (DD214 or equivalent). If you cannot locate your copy, you will need to contact the National Archives & Records Administration for a replacement copy. Or access vetrecs.archives.gov to order copies of military records electronically.
All non-electronic requests must use Standard Form 180 or request the information in a letter. Standard Form 180 is available as a PDF file on the NARA website. The NARA site provides complete information on information required to process your request