Honorable active service in the following uniformed services is considered military service for retirement purposes:
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
- Coast Guard
- Regular Corps or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service of the United States, if the service was performed after June 30, 1960
- Commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly Coast and Geodetic Survey and Environmental Sciences Services Administration), if service was performed after June 30, 1961
Active duty in the various Reserve components of these uniformed services is potentially creditable for retirement. Periods of active duty for training, such as summer camps, performed each year are creditable military service provided the training occurred before Federal civilian service began. (When an employee performs annual active duty training service while on annual leave or military leave from a Federal agency, the service is credited as civilian service.) Normal monthly drills are inactive duty and are not creditable for retirement.
Service in the following academies is considered creditable military service for retirement purposes:
- Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy;
- Cadet at the U.S. Military Academy;
- Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and
- Cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Service performed by Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps students when they are ordered to active duty or training duty (including summer cruises) as members of the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve is creditable.
Service performed after October 13, 1964 by Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students when they are ordered to active duty or training duty as members of the Army Reserve is creditable.
Service with the National Guard is potentially creditable military service and is reviewed on an individual basis.