One must prospect for an undetermined length of time before finally being approved for membership by your respective chapter's council. Once you're approved for membership, you need to turn in an application containing your name, address, phone number, etc., to your chapter president, along w/ a one time only $20 support donation. (patches aren't' free, the club depends on supporter donations in order to purchase member patches in bulk). As a patched-in member, you are required to own a black leather or denim (blue or black denim only) battle jacket (kutte) and display your required member patches in order to properly represent the club. Patches that you are required to own and display on your kutte are:
If at any point You step down or are asked to leave the club, you will be required to relinquish your club patches and return them to your chapter president. As long as you remain a member in good standing with the club, you will never be asked to return your patches.
Any other band, ethnic, cultural, military, nationality, political affiliations, sports team and flag patches are left to your discretion, but we prefer that you keep non-band patches to a minimum. Keep in mind that there are certain types of patches that are frowned upon e.g., patches displaying illegal drug references, anti-American sentiment, racism, etc. Band patches preferred fall under the category of NWOBHM, NWOTHM, Golden Age of Heavy Metal circa 1979 to approximately 1986, Speed Metal, Rock, Classic Rock, Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Traditional Metal, Classic Metal, Prog/Power, Symphonic Metal, etc. Hardcore, '77 Punk (not Neo-, Post, pop-Punk), are also accepted. Lifestyle patches are fine, as long as your lifestyle is not questionable or if it promotes immoral & illegal sexual practices, etc.
As stated before, we prefer that our members keep the non-band patches to a minimum of no more than 4 or 5. We are a heavy metal club, it's all about the music & the life style, so emphasize that on your battle jacket above everything else.
Once you are a fully patched member of the G.M.A. family, you MUST be active! You cannot become inactive or complacent. If you cannot be active offline for some valid reason, e.g., attending shows, pounding the pavement & promoting local metal & the G.M.A., attending chapter meetings, etc., then you must at least be active online via social media by sharing / reposting club events from various chapters, local metal shows, etc. You need to always try and interact with other club members and show camaraderie in the spirit of metal within your local metal community. If after reading this you feel that you want to take the first step towards becoming an active member, then contact your local chapter president or any G.M.A. member you interact with and ask them to point you towards someone in the club who is qualified to answer any of your questions.
Read our F.A.Q. section for more information.