Membership Types and Requirements
1. Regular membership - those who are decended from Union Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and members of the Revenue Cutter Service during the Civil War (or directly decended from a brother, sister, half-brother, or half-sister of such soldiers. etc.) who were mustered and served honorably in, or were honorably discharged from, or died in the service of, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service of the United States of America or in such state regiments called to active service and subject to the orders of United States general officers, between April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865
They must never have been convicted of any infamous or heinous crime nor can the ancestor through whom membership is claimed ever have voluntarily borne arms agasint the government of the United States
2. Associate membership - those who are not directly decended from Union soldiers but who share in the goals and purposes of the organization and demonstrte a genuine interest in the Civil War.
They must also meet the requirements to have not been convicted of a infamous or heinous crime nor can they have ever voluntarily borne arms agasint the government of the United States.
An associate may vote and can hold any elected or appointed offices other than that of Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
3. Juniors - are young men 6-14 who are the direct decendants of Union Soldiers and meet the same requirements as those for regular membership.