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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290

American Legion Online Training Program

ATTENTION: The American Legion Extention Institute (ALEI) course is being redesigned and renamed to "Basic Training" and will be available September 2017. The new version will be free to all members, but graduates will have to buy the pin from Emblem Sales and print their own certificates. Unless you are required to take the course, you may want to consider waiting until the new version is available. The graduate pin has been redesigned for Basic Training, so if you are a pin collector, you may want to hurry and pass this version before it is replaced.



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  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.  (Note:  Due to high traffic volume, you may experience some delays.  If you experience delays, please try again later.)

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 web-site:



The cost of the online course is $4.95 for members of the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion.  The registration fee is $9.95 for non-members. Payment can be accepted securely and conveniently on the course registration page.

The American Legion Extension Institute online training program replaces the series of printed booklets that had been printed and sold through National Headquarters.

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