The SAME Half-Century Club

SAME-insigniaSAME celebrates the long, productive careers of SAME members who have been an active member in SAME for 50 years or more. Our heart-felt congratulations and thanks go out to these distinguished members who have been, and continue to be, such an important part of our Society.

Many of the members of the Half Century Club opted to purchase Life Memberships, which provide all the benefits of a regular membership, without the hassle of renewing each year. In addition, an SAME Life Membership is more cost effective over the life of one’s membership in SAME. To become a life member of SAME, please click here.

Please join SAME in congratulating the nearly 400 members of the SAME Half Century Club who have been an active member in SAME for 50 years or more (click here for a list of Half Century Club members).

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So why do so many SAME Members remain a member for so long? We’ll let the members of the SAME Half Century Club respond to that with their comments on what SAME Membership has meant to them.


"With memberships in several engineering professional societies, my membership of over 50 years in The Society of American Military Engineers has resulted in the most, the closest, the longest, professional associations and friendships in any of these societies. This is the only Society for which I continue to attend meetings regularly 20 years after retirement from both military and civil service careers. What a delight!!!"

Maj. Donald P. Samanie, P.E. , USA (Ret.)


"A great part of my military and civilian professional careers were spent on assignments and projects overseers. SAME was always present, directly or indirectly, providing professional and community support to me."

Cmdr. Bruno Carioti, P.E., USN (Ret.)


"I joined The Society as a young officer who knew practically nothing about anything, in the hope that from it and its publication [The Military Engineer] I might learn at least what military engineers were doing, where and how thye were doing it, and where they were getting the information on how to do it best...
"To my great sanctification, the organization, publications and chapters did, in fact, supply a lot of information."

Col. William W. Smith Jr., P.E., USA (Ret.)


"I am proud to be a professional soldier and I am proud to be a professional engineer. Only SAME allows me to celebrate both on a regular basis."

Col. Harry Lombard, P.E., USA (Ret.)


"It is hard for me to believe that my membership in The Society goes back almost 60 years, since early in WWII. Over those years, at posts throughout the world, it has been my professional and social fraternity.
"I have found the greatest asset of SAME membership to be the opportunity to get to know, and learn from, engineers of the other services and leaders in the construction industry. Thank you, SAME."

Col. James B. Meanor Jr., P.E., USA (Ret.)


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SAME Membership means many different things to many different people. But SAME Membership has something to offer everyone.

For more information on becoming an SAME member, go to www.same.org/join and find the membership category that’s right for you.

Be a Leader. Make Difference. Join SAME Today.

Academic Institution Membership

Shape tomorrow’s A/E/C leaders by enhancing their education with the experiences offered through an SAME Academic Membership.

SAME's network of more than 25,000 professionals, working in the public-sector and in more than 1,400 private sector companies--large and small--can strengthen the knowledge, skills and connections your academic institution can provide your students. These benefits help bring real-world experience into your classroom.

The SAME Academic Membership includes four openings for individual representatives to represent the academic institution at local, regional and national education & training events. These representatives must be faculty or staff of the institution, and SAME requires that one of the representatives must be a young member (less than 36 years of age).

An SAME Academic Institution membership costs just $200 a year. Included with this membership are subscriptions to our industry-leading publications The Military Engineer and the SAME Directory of Member Companies & Organizations, giving both your institution and your students a leg up in the A/E/C industry.

To join SAME at the discounted rate for an Academic Membership, click here to download the PDF application.

Public Agency Membership

SAME’s Public Agency Membership gives you the opportunity to network with professionals outside your service branch or organization--from both the public- and private-sectors--who are working toward a common goal that supports your mission. Public agencies include federal, state, city or local government.

Included with your Public Agency membership are ten openings for individuals as your member representatives. (SAME requires that six of those representatives must be in its Young Member category, age 39 or younger).

Each of the representatives will receive all the benefits afforded them as an SAME member including a subscription to The Military Engineer magazine, discounts on attendance to SAME events including the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, and access to the members-only section of the SAME website.

In addition, SAME Public Agency Representatives are encouraged to participate in one of SAME's many Councils or Committees--from Readiness & Homeland Security to Environmental to NCO--to provide their leadership and expertise in shaping the goals, direction and outcomes of the specific topics being addressed.

Whether on the local Post level, or on the national level, your five agency members will represent your organization's perspective at SAME events, ensuring that your voice is heard.

An SAME Public Agency Membership is just $75 for one year or $225 for three. Any federal, state, or local public agency with an interest in the goals and objectives of the Society of American Military Engineers, as stated in its Strategic Plan, may take advantage of this valuable membership.

At SAME, you can Be a Leader and Make a Difference. Join SAME Today.

Click here to download the PDF application.

Non-Profit Organization Membership

Any nonprofit organization may join SAME at a rate of $400 a year. 

Included with your Non Profit Organization membership are five openings for individuals as your member representatives. (SAME requires that one of those representatives must be in its Young Member category, age 35 or younger).

Each of the five representatives will receive all the benefits afforded them as an SAME member including a subscription to The Military Engineer magazine,, discounts on attendance to SAME events including the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, and access to the members-only section of the SAME website. In addition, your principal representative and Young Member representative will receive a copy of the annual SAME Directory of Member Companies and Public Agencies.

Whether on the local Post level, or on the national level at the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, your five agency members will represent your organization's perspective, ensuring that your voice is heard.

The Non Profit Organization membership fee of $400 may be waived if you wish to work with SAME as a Strategic Partner. Strategic Partnerships are arranged through the office of the SAME executive director. The details will be finalized and posted on the SAME website in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between SAME and the member organization.

Click here to download the PDF application.

Sustaining Membership (Private Sector)

Golden Eagle DinnerSAME Sustaining Memberships offer your company the opportunity to network with industry leaders in the public sector and uniformed services. Sustaining Member-only events, such as the annual Federal Programs Briefings featuring the Engineering Service Chief from each military branch, provides timely information about upcoming projects and contract opportunities.

Your Sustaining Membership includes six openings for individuals as your member representatives. (SAME requires that two of those representatives must be in its Young Member category, age 39 or younger).

All six representatives will receive all the benefits afforded them as an SAME member including a subscription to The Military Engineer magazine, discounts on attendance to SAME events including the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, and access to the members-only section of the SAME website. Your principal representative and Young Member representative also will receive a copy of the annual SAME Directory of Member Companies and Public Agencies.

In addition, SAME Sustaining Member Representatives are encouraged to participate in one of SAME's many Councils or Committees--from Small Business to International to Environmental to Readiness & Homeland Security--to provide their leadership and expertise in shaping the goals, direction and outcomes of the specific topics being addressed.

If you are an existing member and would like to renew, please click here.

If you would like to join, download the PDF application here or click here to begin the online membership application process.

Though SAME Sustaining Members do not pay local post dues, they are required to be affiliated with a local Post. In order to complete the application, first select a local Post with which you wish to be affiliated.

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