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    pop99 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jun 13, 2014, 05:36 PM
    Am I considered a veteran?
    Am I considered a veteran?

    I was in the ARNG between Nov. 1982 to Feb. 1985, a little over 2yrs, However I only went to basic training and my ARNG meetings. Did not go to AIT.

    Any Help would be appreciated.
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    cdad Posts: 12,701, Reputation: 1438
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    Jun 13, 2014, 05:58 PM
    Here you go.

    Re: Veteran Status Question

    Yes, you are a veteran. A veteran is a person who served at least 180 days in the active military, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve Component. The definition of “active service” does not include full-time duty performed strictly for training purposes (i.e., that which is referred to as “weekend” or “annual” training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities.

    Vet1985: No, BCT, AIT , OCS and other trainings do not count towards this 180 day accrument.

    Veteran Status Question - Army National Guard Forums

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    Catsmine Posts: 3,827, Reputation: 739
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    Jun 13, 2014, 06:01 PM
    Do you have discharge papers? A DD214 form or NGB -22. Those will identify your discharge status. The rule of thumb is that if you separated under honorable conditions you are a veteran.
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    Jun 13, 2014, 07:08 PM
    US Census Bureau definition: (my bolding)
    "Veterans are men and women who have served (even for a short time), but are not currently serving, on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, or who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. People who served in the National Guard or Reserves are classified as veterans only if they were ever called or ordered to active duty, not counting the 4-6 months for initial training or yearly summer camps. "

    Under this definition and under the def. provided by cdad above- (training time is excluded), you would not meet the definition of US Military Veteran.
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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,302, Reputation: 7692

    Jun 14, 2014, 02:18 AM
    It depends on what you mean, and what you want from the title Veteran. You can oin the VFW or the American Legion. You most likely not entitled to any benefits

    If you want to tell friends at work, you were, yep you were.

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