SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home950. What does “active duty” mean?

The term “active duty” means:

  • full-time duty (other than active duty for training) performed by a member of the uniformed services;

  • full-time duty (other than for training purposes) as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its predecessor organization the Coast and Geodetic Survey, or in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service;

  • service as a cadet at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, or as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy; and

  • authorized travel to or from the duties described above.

Last Revised: Nov. 29, 2005