Eligibility Requirements For Membership

Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces between the following dates:

  • April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918: (World War I)
  • December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946: (World War II)
  • June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955: (Korean War)
  • February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975: (Vietnam War)
  • August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984: (Lebanon/Grenada)
  • December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990: (Operation Just Cause - Panama)
  • August 2, 1990 to Present: (Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Iraqi Freedom)

Because eligibility dates remain open, all active members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion. WWII and Korean War members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Service are also eligible. All eligible veterans are welcome to join and become involved in community service. We welcome you to join Oakland Post 369.