American Legion Education Institute
ALEI is free for all Legion Family members is the official training program for officers, members, Legion College applicants and those who simply want to expand their knowledge of the organization.
The last Tuesday of each month American Legion National Headquarters staff will present 60 to 90-minute sessions on topics aimed at post commanders and adjutants. Each session will be recorded and made available for later viewing.
National American Legion College
National Legion College is held at National Headquarters in Indianapolis where the students will receive instruction through classroom lectures and small group sessions.
Throughout the week the students will develop institutional knowledge, as well as build effective leadership and mentorship skills for every level of the organization. Several of the course topics include: effective leadership and communication; critical thinking and problem solving; membership engagement and retention; member training; meeting management; and resolution writing.
Service Officer School
NSO School is intended for Legionnaires who have recently become accredited as legal representatives by VA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) – or are in the process of becoming accredited. The American Legion’s legacy training program, Department Service Officer (DSO) School, is held twice a year and geared toward service officers with substantial experience.
The American Legion’s National Membership Workshop is held in July in Indianapolis. Attendees break into groups to hear presentations on membership recruiting and retention, welcoming new members, legislative priorities, veterans outreach, post/district revitalizations and more.
The annual American Legion Americanism Conference consists of sessions for program chairmen. For programs such as American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports and Oratorical competition, the focus is on rules and rule changes for the coming year. The conference also has sessions involving programs such as Boys State, Boy Scouts and the work of Department Chaplains.
Children & Youth Conference
The annual American Legion Children & Youth Conference in Indianapolis focuses on the organization's outreach to help young people with a "hand up" by providing information about youth welfare, health and safety, as well as troop and family support. Guest speakers, brainstorming, networking and sharing best practices are all a part of the conference, usually held the third weekend of September each year.