Department Training


As everyone knows training is the lifeblood of any organization. There are study courses for The American Legion as well as specialized training available. It is recommended that every District and Division conduct training at every Convention. The Department Adjutant, the Director of Internal Affairs, the Department Judge Advocate, other Department Officers, Training Committee Members and other Legionnaires are available to conduct training on Legion procedures, programs, or whatever is needed. If you would like to conduct training at your Fall or Spring Convention submit a written request to Department Headquarters requesting the training topic and instructor, remember the earlier you submit your request the better chance you will have of being able to conduct that training.


PURPOSE: To provide an active training program that increases membership, raises retention and provides new opportunities for participation at all levels.

To provide a set of standards and support of proven techniques.

To help members learn and enjoy the many aspects of being active Legionnaires, ensuring they are better able to serve the organization, community, state and nation.


EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES: It is important that trainers set a good example by looking sharp, speaking clearly and avoid sounding monotonous.  They should be organized, courteous, and timely and become familiar with training material, equipment and the training location.

Trainers should ensure that classrooms are away from distracting activities and have proper lighting, temperature and furnishings.

Only approved training resources found on the Department website or official American Legion booklets, pamphlets, CD’s, and DVD’s should be used.

All lesson plans and instructional materials will be provided and updated by the Department Training Committee.  Trainers composing their own plans and presentations should provide them to the Department Training Committee for review prior to any training session.


The Department Training Committee should ensure that training is scheduled at the Fall DEC and the Mid Winter Conference.


Division and District Training Chairpersons should ensure that training occurs at every Division and District Convention and support efforts for additional training throughout the year.  They should provide sign-in and critique forms and submit both to the Department Training Committee for logging and review.


Division Commanders should ensure that the ALEI is offered yearly within their Divisions.


Posts are encouraged to conduct training in some form at every regular Post meeting.  Post Training Chairpersons should maintain training records reflecting the subject, time and name of trainer and submit the information to the District Training Chairman who will log and report it at the District Conventions and furnish it to the Department Training Committee for information.

When planning training at the Post level, trainers are encouraged to utilize all Department of Texas training products located on its website and official American Legion guides and publications such as the “The American Legion-Guide to Post Training and the Post Officer’s Guide” to ensure that information used is current and factual.



Each year there is a District & Division Commanders School held in Austin for all District and Division Commanders. This training is open to anyone to attend; it is a great opportunity for future leaders to begin learning about The American Legion and the Department of Texas. Only the District & Division Commanders will receive school materials.

This year’s District and Division Commanders School will be held on July 27 – 29, 2018 at the Omni Austin Southpark Hotel. Training will begin on Friday, July 1st at 1:00 pm.


The American Legion’s official training program for officers, members, Legion College applicants and those who simply want to expand their knowledge of the nation’s largest veterans service organization is now available online.

The American Legion Extension Institute has been rewritten, updated, streamlined and enhanced with videos, digital photos, clickable links, a historical timeline and additional features. To register and take the course, visit (Due to high traffic volume, you may experience some delays. If you experience delays, please try again later.) The program should take less than two hours to complete. It is divided into six sections, with a quiz at the end of each one, followed by a final exam.

The sections closely follow the Legion’s Four Pillars of service. They include:

    • History & Organization
    • Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
    • National Security
    • Americanism
    • Children & Youth

Upon completion, a participant must pass a final online exam to receive a digital certificate of recognition; a lapel/cap pin will also be delivered to those who successfully complete the course. The names of those who have passed will be recorded and indexed at The American Legion National Headquarters. Graduates will have the option to click a box upon completion to recognize their accomplishment on The American Legion national website:

The online course is $5.00 for members of The American Legion and Sons of The American Legion. The registration fee is $10.00 for non-members. Payment can be accepted securely and conveniently on the course registration page.

We will be holding ALEI Training at the following locations for those that wish to attend and take the course without going online, the registration fee will be collect at the training event site on the day of the training.  

Upon completion, all participant will receive a certificate of recognition and a lapel/cap pin from the National Headquarters.