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Are officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service considered members of the Armed Forces?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

958. Are officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service considered members of the Armed Forces?

Commissioned Officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (prior to 1965, the Coast and Geodetic Survey) or the Public Health Service are considered to be in the active service of the Armed Forces for the purpose of military service wage credits and the special insured status provisions only under the following conditions:

  1. Commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may be granted wage credits for time spent:

    1. On active duty with an armed service department; or

    2. On active duty on military projects determined by the Secretary of Defense to be areas of immediate military hazard; or

    3. In service in the Philippines if the individual was serving there on December 7, 1941; or

    4. On active commissioned service with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after July 28, 1945, and before 1957.

  2. Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service may be granted wage credits for time spent:

    1. On active commissioned service from July 29, 1945-July 3, 1952; or

    2. On active commissioned service, while on detail to a component of the uniformed forces, during the periods September 16, 1940 - July 28, 1945, and July 4, 1952 - December 31, 1956, inclusive; or

    3. On active commissioned service from July 4, 1952 - December 31, 1956, even if not performed while on detail to a component of the uniformed services.

Last Revised: Jan. 20, 2006


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