Members are the backbone of any organization. In the American Legion, there is only one class of membership, and that is "Member". All of our members have the same organizational rights and responsibilities.


The most important benefit of membership is the camaraderie of continuing service to fellow veterans and your community. Additionally more personal benefits include:


If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion. National Guard and Reservists having been Federally activated (including basic training) during these same war eras also meet the eligibility requirements.

    • 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, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)

    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)


Joining is as basic as submitting an application and paying membership fees. This can be done in two separate ways:

    • Online - The process at the link will enroll you in the National organization and SD Department as a member "at large". You will have to further transfer into Custer Post #46 by contacting the Post Adjutant at 605-673-3930.

    • Locally - This process will enroll you in the National organization, SD Department, and Custer Post #46. It is initiated by completion and submission of below attached form to the Post Adjutant.


    • Online - The process at this link is very quick. It requires you have your membership number, credit card, and e-mail address. The online process instantly renews your membership. And it provides you with a certificate of renewal and temporary membership card. To complete the renewal, mail the payment notification to the Post Adjutant. He will then provide your annual membership card to you.

    • Locally - This is the traditional process. Notification is mailed to you from the National Headquarters. You then mail the completed renewal form with dues payment to the Post Adjutant. And he mails back your membership card. Though the method is reliable, it does take time. And until National Headquarters receives notification of renewal, it will continue to send renewal notices. If confused about your renewal status, always call the Adjutant.


Most important is "service". Members proudly serve God and Legionnaires. It is up to you. Join or renew today!