​​​​The American Legion

Riddle-Hutcheson Post 77

Bentonville, Arkansas

Constitutional Eligibility Requirements for membership in The American Legion


​Any person is eligible for membership in The American Legion who was a member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force of the United States and assigned to active duty at some time during any of the following periods:


  • Aug. 2, 1990 to Today                (Gulf War / War on Terrorism)
  • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990   (Panama)
  • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984    (Lebanon / Grenada)
  • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975      (Vietnam War)
  • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955    (Korean War)
  • Dec. 7, 1942 to Dec. 31, 1946     (World War II)
  • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918     (World War I) 


​All date are inclusive ... provided, however, that military service must have been terminated by honorable discharge, or honorable separation, or continued honorably after any of the listed periods; provided, further, that no person is entitled to membership who, being in military service during any of the above periods, refused on conscientious, political or other grounds to subject them self to military discipline or unqualified service.


Constitution requirements with reference to allied armies


​Any person is eligible for membership in The American Legion who, being a citizen of the United States at the time of entry therein, served on active duty in the armed forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during any of the listed periods ... provided, however, military service was terminated by honorable discharge or honorable separation, or continued honorably after any of said periods,  Only full U.S. citizenship prior to service with an allied army entitles one to membership.  The attainment of U.S. citizenship subsequent to such service does not fulfill the requirement.,