The Society of  American Military Engineers (SAME) provides its more than 29,000 members extensive opportunities for training, education and professional development through a robust offering of conferences, workshops, networking events and publications.

The Society of American Military Engineers has established strategic partnerships with several non-profit associations whose missions align with that of SAME. The partnerships allow SAME members to take advantage of the licensure, certification, continuing education and networking opportunities offered by these organizations at discounted rates.

The Lake Michigan Post draws its local membership from the civilian and military communities of northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. It serves the military community primarily located at Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois.

The major commands at Great Lakes are Naval Station, Great Lakes; Naval Service Training Command; Naval Recruiting Training Command, Great Lakes; Training Support Center, Great Lakes; NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic-Public Works Department, Great Lakes; Military Entrance Processing Command; Navy Operational Support Center, Great Lakes; Marine Air Control Group 48; 9th Marine Corps Recruiting District; Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center; U.S. Army Reserve Recruiting Command and Reserve Officer Training (ROTC) Command for the Midwest; and Navy Band Great Lakes.