Membership - Classes and Qualifications:
Membership in the Association shall consist of six (6) classes, as follows: Charter Members, Regular Members, Associate Members, Legacy, Active Duty Members and Honorary Members.
CHARTER MEMBERS: Charter Members shall consist of all officers and enlisted persons assigned to the 504th Parachute Battalion from 14 March 1941 through 24 February 1942), the 2nd Battalion 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (from 24 February 1942 through 02 November 1942) the 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and/or the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion (from 02 November 1942 through March 1945). Charter members shall also be life members, no dues being necessary to continue their membership in the Association.
REGULAR MEMBERS: Any officer or enlisted person, who has been assigned or attached to, and honorably served with, the 509th Parachute Infantry by whatever designation and whatever location since 1963, under competent orders, shall be eligible for membership in the Association. An applicant for membership shall first file with the designated representative of the Association, an application for membership on such forms as shall, from time to time, be prescribed, accompanied by payment in full of the then current dues. No applicant, having made proper application and possessing the foregoing qualifications shall be denied membership in the Association providing, however, that the Executive Committee may, in its discretion, refuse membership to any applicant who, at any time during or since their service, has been guilty of any conduct unbecoming a member of the 509th Parachute Infantry.
LEGACY MEMBERS: The widows and children of deceased Charter and Regular Members of the 509th Parachute Infantry.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Any family member of a deceased Charter and Regular Member of the 509th, other than Legacy Members, or any other individual who supports the aims and purposes of the Association may become a member of the Association with approval of the Executive Committee.
ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS: Any soldier currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard who is or has been assigned to a properly constituted unit of the U.S. Army organized under the heraldry and lineage of the 509th Parachute Infantry Association.
HONORARY MEMBERS: Any person, whose life and activities has fostered the ideals of the 509th Parachute Infantry to the general public or whose service to the Association has been exemplary, may be elected an HONORARY MEMBER of the Association by majority vote of the Executive Committee. Any member of the Association may propose a candidate for Honorary Membership by written recommendation to the Executive Committee, outlining detailed qualifications of the candidate. Each such recommendation shall be certified to any member of the Executive Committee not less than sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting of the General Membership. Any Honorary Membership may be withdrawn by a majority vote of the Association at a duly-constituted General Membership Meeting.
Any Members of the Association, as defined above, shall be entitled to one vote, in person, on each matter submitted to the vote of the membership.
Regular dues are as follows:
A. Charter Members-Free Life Membership;
B. Regular Members-$25.00 per year;
C. Legacy Members-$20.00 per year;
D. Associate Members-$25.00 per year.
E. Active Duty Members-$25.00 for as long as the individual is on active duty.
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509th Parachute Infantry Association
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