Post Guides and Publications

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The American Legion National Constitution and By-Laws

 

The American Legion National Constitution and By-Laws.  The Constitution of an contains the fundamental principles which govern our operation.  The Bylaws establish the specific rules of guidance by which the Post is to function. The constitution will serve to:

 

  • Clarify our purpose

  • Delineate basic structure

  • Provide the cornerstone for building an effective group

  • Allow members and potential members to have a better understanding of what the organization is all about and how it functions. 

 

The Constitution covers the fundamental principles but does not prescribe specific procedures for operating your organization.  Bylaws set forth in detail the procedures we must follow to conduct business in an orderly manner.  They provide further definition to the Articles of the Constitution and can be changed more easily as the needs of the organization change. 

2018 Officer's Guide And Manual of Cerem

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The American Legion 2018 Officer's Guide and Manual of Ceremonies

 

The Officer’s Guide is intended as the principal handbook issued by National Headquarters to help American Legion officers fulfill their responsibilities. This handbook combines in one volume a guide to post offices, operations and procedures; the Manual of Ceremonies, in which ceremonies prescribed by the National Trophies, Awards and Ceremonials Committee are described; and an appendix including The American Legion Constitution, eligibility requirements, parliamentary procedures, a suggested post constitution and by-laws, and more.

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The American Legion

2018 Post Adjutant's Manual

 

The Officer’s Guide is intended as the principal handbook issued by National Headquarters to help American Legion officers fulfill their responsibilities. This handbook combines in one volume a guide to post offices, operations and procedures; the Manual of Ceremonies, in which ceremonies prescribed by the National Trophies, Awards and Ceremonials Committee are described; and an appendix including The American Legion Constitution, eligibility requirements, parliamentary procedures, a suggested post constitution and by-laws, and more.

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American Legion Brochures

 

Link to the brochures of The American Legion.

Click - Why You Should belong to the American Legion  Brochure

Click - Why You Should belong to the American Legion  Brochure

Click - American Legion Fred Brock Post 828 Brochure

Click - American Legion Amercanism Brochure

Click - American Legion Magazine

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Department of Texas

Constitution and By-Laws

 

Link to the Constitution and By-Laws for The American Legion Department of Texas.

Click - Department of Texas Constitution & By-laws

Click - Department of Texas Forms & Pubs Web Site

Department of Texas

Forms and Publications

 

The Department of Texas provides a service for Post Adjutants and interested members, where members can download some of the more commonly requested publications and forms from the Department Headquarters web site. The forms and publications are downloadable in the following formats, Microsoft Word , Adobe Acrobat PDF, and Adobe Acrobat Fill in.

 

Examples of some of the publications and forms contained on the site are listed below:

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Post Operations Manual and Post Building Guide

 

This Post Operations Manual is divided into three sections. These sections should be used in conjunction with each other, since they are all part of good management.

 

  1. The first section concerns itself with the planning of the physical structure of the facilities needed to accommodate an active, growing American Legion Post. 

  2. The second section concerns itself with the social part of an American Legion Post-the lounge.  There are sections on government, duties of a manager, labor costs, beverage control, food service and other points of lounge operation. 

  3. The third section serves as a guide to the utilization of proven principles of financial accounting.  This accounting serves the purpose of informing the members, officers, trustees, house committee and managers of the Post the results of the Post home operation and financial condition.

Protocol and Planning Guide

 

Although this planning guide was published by the Depart of Wisconsin, the principles and guidelines generally apply to all Posts.  This is a good resource when planning American Legion Functions.

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Sergeant-at-Arms Guide

 

Although this SAA guide was published by The American Legion Department of Florida  District, the Department of Texas has adopted the principles and guidelines generally since they apply to all Posts.  This is a good resource for incoming Sergeant-at-Arms and Protocol Issues

Post Membership Team

Training Guide

 

In the past, the National Headquarters of The American Legion has conducted Membership Workshops, Conferences, Seminars and the like at National, Regional, Department and local levels.  We constantly strive to keep the Membership Team of The American Legion up-to-date with the many recruiting and retention tools and methods that are available, such as the materials contained in this guide. Legionnaires tell us one of the main problems is getting the word out to the membership workers in a timely, motivated, informational and workable manner. It is with this in mind we have developed the Post Membership Training Guide consisting of a four part-training manual:

 

  • Part I - Membership -- Self-Evaluation & Equating a Post‟s Performance

  • Part II - Membership Retention & Renewals

  • Part III - Special Programs & Recommendations

  • Part IV - Successful Membership

  • (Sample letters, programs, diagrams, and techniques now used by other Departments, Posts and Districts)

 

As programs change, the guide will be revised. New guides will be distributed at the annual National Membership Workshop. (This Guide can also be downloaded from the Legion web site at www.legion.org). Information contained in this guide could be used as training tools for Department, District and Post membership workshops and conferences. The Post Membership Training Guide is suitable for all levels of Membership Teams.

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Guide to Post Training

 

Teaching our members how to effectively execute the programs and functions of The American Legion is critical to our success. We must mentor new members, whether they are veterans of WWII, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, the Gulf War, or fresh from combat ops in Iraq or Afghanistan. They must know how and why the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ organization operates, and be able to lead us into the future.

Click - The Cap Etiquette Guide

Cap Etiquette Guide

 

The following is from the American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana...
 

  • The left side (emblem side) of the cap is reserved only for the Legion emblem, city, county, district or state lettering

  • If desired, the following items may be placed on the right side of the cap:

    1. additional lettering, restricted to either the name of a Post, or to an officer title (such as "Past Commander"),

    2. ​cap insignias or badges (for Past or Present officers),

    3. consecutive membership insignia, membership stars, and/or authorized Legion or military services decorations.

  •  Names or nicknames of individual members cannot be used on caps.

  • The Legion Uniform Cap should be worn by its members only when in attendance at official Legion meetings or ceremonies, or as official guests at patriotic or other civil functions, or by individuals when officially representing The American Legion on public occasions.

  • A member is considered to be in uniform if wearing an official Legion Uniform Cap. Therefore, it is not proper to wear the cap while eating a meal at an official Legion or civic luncheon or dinner.

  • The cap should be worn in a place of worship only by the Guard of Honor, Color Guard and Commander of same while in marching order or standing guard. When returned to and seated in pews, the cap should be removed.

  • Legion posts marching in formation into a place of worship should uncover, at the door, hold the cap with the right hand over the heart until the arrival in the pews and commanded to take seats, remaining uncovered during the entire service. At the close of the service, upon command, the post shall arise, the members holding the cap with the right hand over the heart will march out of the place of worship, and recover after marching through the door.

  • Legion members not in formation will uncover upon entering the place of worship and remain uncovered during the entire service, and will recover after leaving the place of worship.

  • When at a funeral, the cap should be held over the heart as one approaches the casket, and is not at any time worn in a place of worship (except by the Guard of Honor, Color Guard or Commander of same while in marching order or standing guard). At the graveside, the cap should be held in the right hand over the heart during the entire service. In cold and inclement weather, the cap should not be worn.

  • In Legion meetings, the cap should be worn except during moments of the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, and when standing in silent reverence in memory of departed comrades, when the cap should be held with the right hand over the heart.

  • Female members of the Legion should wear their caps in the manner prescribed for female personnel of the armed services.


The local Post is the core unit of The American Legion from which many of the Legion programs and activities start. Legionnaires at the post level are identified as "blue cap" Legionnaires. At the District level, these members are still "blue cap" Legionnaires but have a white crown to distinguish their position. At the State Department level, officers wear a full "white cap", while National officers wear the "red cap" of that top level. If a member has multiple caps, such as both a Post "blue cap" but also a Department "white cap", it is appropriate to wear the cap that you are representing. Example: If attending your local Post meeting, but with Department news to report, the "white cap" would be appropriate. However, if serving on the Honor Guard of your local Post for a function, the "blue cap" would be worn.

Complaint Form

 

This form is  used in filing complaints at the Post.   It is designed to be downloaded and completed electronically for emailing.  We will also provide hard copies for use by others at the Legion.  

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