Legionnaire Training

The American Legion is comprised of war time veterans of the United States Military. Every veteran receives training from the they moment they enter basic training and training remains a frequent activity until they seperate from service. Quality training is very important to the long-term success of The American Legion.

The video "This is The American Legion" provides an overview of The American Legion that is appropriate for new Legionnaires that wear the blue Legion caps.


"This is The American Legion"

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919. Nearly a century later we still uphold our original mission to serve our fellow veterans, their families and our communities. This video will help you learn more about how The American Legion continues to serve.

Who We Are, Member Orientation

"Who We Are" is a member orientation video, that brings together a series of short videos produced by The American legion. It between the videso, we include additional information about The American Legion to better explain: "Who We Ar and What We Do."

(Click graphic image to watch video, ~24 minutes)

Who We Are Video flier

Preamble, The American Legion Constitution

The Preamble of our Constitution is the written essence of who we are, it contains our basic values, time tested for almost 100 years. This why the Preamble is recited during the opening of meetings of The American Legion. Our Preamble contains important ideals, it defines a set of missions and battles that can never be decisively won or lost – only fought for. It serves as a vision for your post leadership to craft a mission statement from which you can establish short and long term goals.


For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


This video provides an articulate and clear explanation of the Preamble to The American Legion Constitution.

The Gavel

The gavel is a symbol of authority that helps ensures orderly meetings of The American Legion. Here is a simple esplanation of what the gavel taps mean.


One Tap
Two Taps
Three Taps
Series of Sharp Taps

Legion Cap

According to Resolution No. 46, passed in spring 1965 by the National Executive Committee,

"A Legionnaire is considered to be in uniform
if wearing an offical American Legion Cap."


Please wear your uniform cap when attending Legion meetings and doing the good work of The American Legion.

Post Legionnaires wear a blue cap with gold braid. Those Legionnaires serving in leadership roles beyond the post wear uniform caps of differing colors. All officers are expected to wear an official Legion cap and the official badge of office.

What does "Blue Capper" mean?

This simple explanation of the term "Blue Capper" is presented by Charles Schmidt,
2016-2017 National Commander, The American Legion.

Post 1000 Uniform Caps

Post 1000 members are not eligible to purchase an American Legion uniform cap. Purchase of a uniform cap is reserved for Legionnaires registered in a local post.