Legionnaires who recruit 50 or more new members (transfers do not count as new members) into The American Legion by the May target date qualify for enrollment in The American Legion’s elite Gold Brigade. These Legionnaires will be awarded unique gifts that designate affiliation with the Gold Brigade of The American Legion.
In 2013-2014, Gold Brigade recipients recruited nearly 7,500 new members into the Legion. Click here to see a list of the Gold Brigade Award recipients and the number of times they have earned the elite status.
First-time Gold Brigade members will receive a Gold Brigade patch, a special Gold Brigade cap pin, a Gold Brigade certificate, and a designer jacket or polo shirt or sweater with a Gold Brigade logo. Second time/repeat Gold Brigaders will receive a Gold Brigade patch and certificate, a hash mark for a jacket sleeve, and a designer jacket or polo shirt or sweater with a Gold Brigade logo. A Gold Brigader who has won the award for five consecutive years is eligible for a distinctive Gold Brigade blazer. A Legionnaire may only qualify once every five years. And a Gold Brigader who has earned the award for at least six consecutive years or more is eligible for a $150 check and a Legion cap with the inscription "Master Recruiter."
The American Legion also awarded 54 Legionnaires with the Silver Brigade Award. A Legionnaire who recruits 25-49 new members (transfers do not count as new members) into The American Legion by the May target date qualify for this award. A silver pin and certificate will be awarded. In total, the 2013-2014 Silver Brigade recipients recruited nearly 1,700 new members. Click here to see the Silver Brigade Award recipients.