SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home949. Definition of Member of a Uniformed Service

949.1 Who is considered a member of a uniformed service?

You are considered a member of a uniformed service if you are any of the following:

  1. An appointed, enlisted, inducted, or retired member of:

    1. One of the armed services without a specified component; or

    2. A component of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, including any of the following Reserve components: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve, the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service, the U.S. National Guard, the Air National Guard of the U.S., and, under limited circumstances, the National Guard or Air National Guard of the States or the District of Columbia;

  2. A commissioned officer (including a retired commissioned officer) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service;

  3. A member of the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve;

  4. A midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, and a cadet at the U.S. Military, Coast Guard, or Air Force Academy;

  5. A member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and the Naval or Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps, when ordered to annual training duty for 14 days or more, and while performing authorized travel to and from that duty; or

  6. In route to or from a place of final acceptance for entry upon active military or naval service, provided that you:

    1. Were ordered or directed to proceed to such place; and

    2. Have been provisionally accepted for duty, or have been selected for active military, or naval service under the Universal Military Training and Service Act.

949.2 Is a temporary member of the Coast Guard Reserve considered a member of a uniformed service?

No. A temporary member of the Coast Guard Reserve is not considered a member of a uniformed service.

Last Revised: Jun. 30, 2004