National American Legion College Dates: November 1-6, 2020
The American Legion National College enhances knowledge and appreciation of The American Legion and teaches the core values and contributions of the organization, its Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion and many subordinate programs. The National Legion College prepares young Legionnaires for leadership positions in posts, districts, counties, and departments through education, development, and motivation. The curriculum challenges student leaders to think critically and creatively about issues confronting the Legion.
Legion College Course Structure
The curriculum centers on self-taught, small-group sessions supervised by graduate facilitators, staff members, contracted professional speakers and national officers. Students review The American Legion’s core values, develop new ideas and consider the future. An emphasis is placed on programs, management techniques, and leadership skills necessary to increase the visibility of programs, growth in membership, and public awareness of the Legion and its corresponding organizations.
Leadership and Communication
National leaders launch the week with sessions and lectures focusing on mentoring, recognizing and building leadership traits, and putting good leadership practices to use. These skills and techniques are practiced and reinforced throughout the week in a small-group environment and in student-led meetings and presentations. Small-group workshops provide students with basic leadership training in a volunteer environment. Core subjects include mentoring, leadership styles and opportunities, time management, conflict resolution, and legal issues.
Throughout the week, students learn the basics of developing communication strategies to promote American Legion programs, combined with the workshops and hands-on exercises. Topics include public outreach, media relations, “Reconnect” with today’s active-duty and reserve personnel, schools and community relations.
Salesmanship and Marketing Developed skills make students more valuable to their posts and departments. Students’ employers also directly benefit from students’ increased effectiveness and productivity. Teachings include community networking strategies, public-relations techniques, marketing and salesmanship programs, and image-building techniques.
For more information, contact The American Legion National College at (317) 630-1376.
Eligible candidates for National American Legion College are Legionnaires with military service from 1982 or later*. Candidates must also complete The American Legion Extension Institute prior to submitting their application.
*Beginning with the 2007 class, if a Department sends a fully qualified attendee, they may send a pre-1982 war era Veteran as their second attendee to the College.
Application deadline is July 1. Applications will be reviewed by the Department Leadership Committee and two candidates will be selected for submission. A panel made up of National Vice Commanders will review the applications and select the 50 best-qualified attendees. Once students are selected, the Internal Affairs staff will contact them directly regarding transportation and all materials they will need weeks before the class begins.
The Department of Iowa will pay the registration fee for two students selected to attend.
Cost of airfare will be paid by The American Legion. All travel arrangements must be made through the national travel office. If travel is by automobile, reimbursement shall be at the current IRS authorized mileage rate round trip from point of departure to destination, not to exceed the least expensive airfare from the nearest airport.
Hotel accommodations will be paid by The American Legion. All students will be housed at the Sheraton Hotel located in downtown Indianapolis. Students will be paired with a roommate unless they elect to pay for a private room.
Students will be responsible for out-of-pocket incidentals and garage parking at the Sheraton.