To be eligible to join The American Legion, a man or woman must have served at least one day of active duty in one of the armed forces of the United States during one of the eligibility eras below.
They are as follows:
World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korea - June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam - February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
Lebanon & Grenada - August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984
Panama - December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities as determined by the Government of the United States (This means that all military personnel now on active duty are eligible for membership in The American Legion).
Current and past members of the National Guard and Reserve may also be eligible for membership provided that they had periods of at least four months of duration for training in one or another of the aforementioned eligibility eras. Annual summer camps and weekend drills do not constitute eligible periods of service. Active duty is the key to Legion membership. A person need not have served overseas to be eligible, but must possess an Honorable Discharge with a form DD-214.
If you had active duty during one or more of the war eras above, this is what you need to do to join the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291.
1) Completed application form.
2) Copy of your DD-214.If you do not have it, Click here to order your DD-214 online. If you use the online application form you can upload it along with your application. You need the DD-214 prior to applying.
3) Check for $155 for new members or $130 for Transfers made payable to: "American Legion Post 291."
If you are not comfortable using our on-line application you can click here to download an application that you can print and mail to us, or you can call
(949) 673-5070 and request for an application be sent to you in the mail.