The Scottish–American Military
Society (SAMS) was founded and chartered in
North Carolina, April 12, 1981, as a non-profit organization with the following purpose:
“To preserve and promote Scottish and American Armed Forces customs, traditions, and heritage”, by:
- Providing a forum for exchange of military history and genealogical information
- Conducting public education programs
- Presenting military student honor awards
- Supporting Scottish activities at Highland Games
- Making contributions to qualified scholarship funds or institutions
- Making appropriate charitable contributions
- Providing a fraternal atmosphere for members
The Society was founded as a veterans organization. The membership is composed primarily of veterans of Scottish ancestry who have served –– or are serving –– in the Armed Forces of the United States and the Commonwealth. If you support the purposes shown above, we would welcome your membership if you qualify. Membership is open to honorably discharged veterans or active duty or reserve military persons who have served or are serving with any branch of the United States or Commonwealth Armed Forces.
Honorary life memberships are given to members who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or the Victoria Cross.
See the membership page for more details...
Appropriate uniform for members while representing S-A.M.S.:
- Cover (i.e. Balmoral, Glengary, etc)
- Shirt of your branch of service
- Kilt hose
- Brown or Black shoes
- Personal/Unit awards
Please download the S-A.M.S. Dress Code for a more detailed explaination of the appropriate uniform.
SAMS, also known as SAMS-OWN produces a quarterly journal. The Patriot is full of interesting articles and photos about military and veterans activities –– especially those relating to Scottish and American armed forces customs, traditions and heritage.