Military and Naval Service Law and Legal Definition

According to 22 CFR 19.2 (Title 22 - Foreign Relations; Chapter I - Department Of State, Subchapter B – Personnel; Part 19 - Benefits For Spouses And Former Spouses Of Participants In The Foreign Service Retirement And Disability System), Military and naval service means “honorable active service:

(1) In the Armed Forces of the United States;

(2) In the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service after June 30, 1960; or

(3) As commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or predecessor organization after June 30, 1961.

However, this definition does not include service in the National Guard, except when ordered to active duty in the service of the United States.”