This is a great question, as more Legionnaires are getting involved with our meetings and programs. I had to get use to the idea of wearing headgear indoors, where this is strictly prohibited in the military.
“A legionnaire is considered to be in uniform if wearing an official American Legion cap.” (Officers Guide and Manual of Ceremonies)
No - Please come with or with out Legion cap.
Yes, however, the cap must be taken off prior to the meeting, and not donned again until the meeting concludes.
We can help you get started with this at the Post. Basically, you go to https://emblem.legion.org/uniform_caps/legion.asp.
This is “Emblem Sales” where we get all our legion stuff.
The type Legion Cap we order at Post 287:
Cost at this time is $57.00
These guidelines apply to both state and national level meetings.
Bottom-line: no blue jeans.
National Adjutant Daniel S. Wheeler just put out a letter answering this question: Subject: Official Dress for National-Level American Legion and SAL Events
The official dress for national-level American Legion and SAL events is as follows. Definitions appear at the bottom. Commission chairmen and national staff should ensure the widest possible dissemination of this information.
American Legion Post 287