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The American Legion Family, consisting of our Legionnaires, along with our Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary, is dedicated to God and Country and the preservation of our national values, respect for our Flag, the observance of law and order, and the nurturing and education of our youth in their path to responsible citizenship and service to the Nation.

Boys State

Tar Heels Boys State is a leadership program where young men from across the State learn the principles of good government at the city, county and state levels.  Individual American Legion Posts sponsor all delegates and must approve the selection of all delegates to Tar Heels Boys State.  Sons of the American Legion squadrons, local businesses, charitable organizations, fraternal organizations, clubs, parents and schools can nominate delegates to a sponsoring Post as well by agreeing to pay the required application fee.


Eligibility requirements:

  1. Only males who have completed their junior year of high school 

  2. Only young men with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools should be considered

  3. If handicapped, the sponsoring Post must have the approval of the Program Director to ensure that all necessary arrangements can be made

  4. Delegates who have attended a previous session are not eligible to attend a second session

For information, contact:

Marc McMullin

Girls State
Trooper Program

The Girls State Program, which is held in every state in the nation, is a project of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Tar Heel Girls State is sponsored bye the North Carolina Department of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The ALA Tar heels Girl State is a week-long practical study of the structure and operation of North Carolina State Government.  The non-partisan program takes a hands-on approach to learning how state and local government functions. "Citizens" develop an understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship by creating and living under their own mock government.

Applicants must be endorsed by an American Legion Auxiliary Unit or American Legion Post and must be:

  1. A high school junior at the time of selection

  2. In the top third of their class academically

  3. A resident of North Carolina and a legal resident of the U.S.

  4. Mature individuals, capable of setting priorities 

  5. In good physical condition

For information, contact:

Shirley Gerrior


Doris Abbott

The purpose of the North Carolina Legion Student Trooper Program is to create an association between our young people and the men and women who are responsible for enforcing the laws of our State. The program is conducted at the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh. Cadets participate in morning physical training, close order drill, a wide variety of instructional sessions to include police skills, drug detection, firearm safety, and precision driving.  Also the cadets take tours of the Capitol, Legislative building,  Governor ‘s Mansion  and the Highway Patrol Headquarters and Communications Center. Each student must be sponsored by an American Legion Post, and the sponsoring Post is responsible for the tuition, currently at $200 per student.


Applicants who have completed their junior or senior years will be considered for admission to the program.  Applicants must be of good moral character, demonstrate qualities of Americanism and leadership and present a neat appearance.


Due to rigorous training involved in the program, those who may require special medication or handicapped accommodations cannot be accepted.  A completed medical form must be submitted with the application fee.  Students are advised to begin a physical conditioning program before arriving at the training center.

For information contact:

Tom Quarton

JROTC and School Awards
Oratorical Contest

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $203,500 in scholarships can be awarded each year contributed by local veteran nonprofit posts and state departments.

For information, contact

Tom Quarton

The American Legion is a strong supporter of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs across the country. Legion posts are urged to present medals available through American Legion Emblem Sales to the top JROTC and ROTC students in their area.


Post 10 is actively involved in recognizing and awarding the top JROTC units and students in our local high schools.


For more information, contact:
Jack Bell
Chairman, Post 10 Americanism Committee

JROTC Awards Gallery
Battleship North Carolina, 1 May 2024
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