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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Post 1000?

Post 1000 is the Department of California Headquarters Post. It is an administrative post where new members are assigned when they join The American Legion, through National Headquarters, Direct Membership Solicitation (DMS) program. As an administrative post there are no meetings or activities, although Post 1000 members are entitled to the same membership benefits as Legionnaires who belong to a local post. Post 1000 members can visit local posts as a guest. Of course, Legionnaires can choose to remain in the Post 1000 but we recommend that they visit local posts and if they find one they like, they are free to apply for transfer (it’s easy…just talk to one of the officers to get it started). It’s a great way to get involved with your local community.

Local posts may also contact members of Post 1000 living near them and invite Post 1000 members to join their local post. A post or district revitalization program occurs at a specific time and place where post Legionnaires gather to contact all the local Post 1000 members by phone to invite them to join their local post.

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.

What is DMS?
The Direct Membership Solicitation (DMS) program is a membership recruitment tool of The American Legion that has been in effect since 1982. Eligible veterans are offered an introductory rate of $25.  This is the primary way Post 1000 membership grows as those who take advantage of the DMS program are placed in Post 1000. The renewal rate is the same as the headquarters post (Post 1000) rate in the department where they live. The current Post 1000 annual dues are $47.00. The individual must certify their eligibility on the application they return to national by indicating the dates they served on active duty, their character of discharge, their branch of service and their birth date. 
How can I find out what my post officer's jobs are ?
Your post constitution and by-laws contains the best information for your specific post. Both these document and your post's standing rules are available from your post adjutant. The District 16 Member Handbook is a good resource for information about officer duties. Member Handbook
Where can my post get blank ammo for our ceremonial rifles?
Veterans’ Organizations Can Receive Free Ceremonial Ammunition, from the Joint Munitions Command provides blank ammunition and clips to American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, Disabled American Veterans chapters, as well as other veterans’ organizations free of charge, to perform military funeral honors, parades, and other events. Visit this web site for more detailed information: http://www.jmc.army.mil/CeremonialAmmo.aspx
What is the Annual Legion Legislative Day?
This explanation of the Legion Legislative Day was written by Pete Conaty, Department Legislative Advocate, "The culmination of the Department’s grass roots advocacy is the Annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol, which is the premier opportunity for Legionnaires to establish and maintain relationships with local legislators, key staff members, and policy consultants. These all day events feature speakers from the Legislature, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and other state agencies that offer services to veterans, and key legislative staff and consultants. Legionnaires circulate through the Capitol and visit their local Senators and Assemblymembers, introduce themselves, and leave behind informational materials and talking points regarding American Legion and the Department’s supported bills. This is a great opportunity to educate legislators and staff on issues important to veterans and to establish a working relationship which can sometimes evolve into a Legionnaire becoming the go-to person regarding veteran’s issues."
What does "Ex-Officio" mean?
What is the difference between a commission and a committee?
Department Commissions and their members are appointed by the Department Executive Committee (DEC). Commissions oversee specific areas of operation and specific programs of The American Legion directly linked to their Commission. Commissions report their progress to the DEC during executive committee meetings and through commission "call-ins" during the year.  Committees, on the other hand, have members appointed at the Districts level and meet during conventions to hear reports from the commissions. Committee members vote on proposals made to or by the commission and make recommendations to delegates attending the convention.



Some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) are those asked about acronyms. The American Legion is no exception as we have our fair share. When people do not know the meaning of an acronym, whether a TLA*, FLA* or SLA*, they can block effective communication. When using an acronym in your writing you should always define it the first time you use it in your document. A simple example of how to define the acronym - Three Letter Acronym (TLA), Four/Five Letter Acronym (FLA), or Six Leteer Acronym (SLA) . This is especially true when you mean Five Letter Acronym (FLA) and everyone else thinks you mean Four Letter Acronym. :-)

The American Legion has their own set of acronyms, here are few:

Below you will find links to a number of Frequently Asked Questions found on The American Legion national web site.

The American Legion's, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web pages: