Stafford American Legion Post 290

American Legion Online Training Program

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 "Basic Training" Course (formerly known as the American Legion Extension Institute) was redesigned and renamed in September 2017. The new version is free to all members.  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:

Upon completion, a participant must pass a final online exam to print a certificate of recognition. 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: