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Eligibility for membership in The American Legion is set forth as follows: Any person shall be 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:
- December 7, 1941 - to the cessation of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States
- U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII)
- Members of the National Guard & Reserves are also eligible
- Please note this is for Legionnaires and not the SAL or ALA
All above dates inclusive, or who, being a citizen of the United States at the time of his entry therein, served on active duty in the armed forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during any of said periods; provided, however, that such service shall have been terminated by honorable discharge or honorable separation, or continued honorably after any of said periods; provided further, that no person shall be entitled to membership who, being in such service during any of said periods, refused on conscientious, political or other grounds to subject himself to military discipline or unqualified service.