THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI
IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA

Membership Criteria

The 1783 Institution of the Society stipulates the conditions for membership.  “All the officers of the American Army, as well as those who have resigned with honor after three years’ service in the capacity of officers, or who have been deranged by the resolutions of Congress upon several reforms of the army, as those who shall have continued to the end of the war, have the right to become parties to this Institution.…”  A provision was also made for descendants of Continental officers who died during the war to become members. 

Male descendants of officers of Virginia state troops or Virginia Navy (not militia) may apply for hereditary membership in the Virginia Society.  (Each state society approves candidates for membership in the respective society, thereby admitting members to the General Society.)  Only one descendant and his successors (age 21 or older) may represent an eligible officer at any time.

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