United States Code
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Computation: service creditable
Subject to subsections (b) and (c), for the purpose of computing the basic pay of a member of a uniformed service, his years of service are computed by adding—
all periods of active service as an officer, Army field clerk, flight officer, aviation midshipman, or enlisted member of a uniformed service;
all periods during which he was enlisted or held an appointment as an officer, Army field clerk, or flight officer of—
a regular component of a uniformed service;
the Regular Army Reserve;
the Organized Militia before
July 1, 1916;
the National Guard;
the National Guard Reserve;
a reserve component of a uniformed service;
the Naval Militia;
the National Naval Volunteers;
the Navy Reserve Force;
the Army without specification of component;
the Air Force without specification of component;
the Marine Corps Reserve Force;
the Philippine Scouts; or
the Philippine Constabulary;
for a commissioned officer in service on
June 30, 1922, all service that was then counted in computing longevity pay and all service as a contract surgeon serving full time;
all periods during which he held an appointment as a nurse, reserve nurse, or commissioned officer in the Army Nurse Corps as it existed at any time before
April 16, 1947, the Navy Nurse Corps as it existed at any time before April 16, 1947, or the Public Health Service, or a reserve component of any of them;
all periods during which he was a deck officer or junior engineer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
all periods that, under law in effect on
January 10, 1962, were authorized to be credited in computing basic pay; and
all periods while—
on a temporary disability retired list, honorary retired list, or a retired list of a uniformed service;
entitled to retired pay, retirement pay, or retainer pay, from a uniformed service or the Department of Veterans Affairs, as a member of the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
a member of the Honorary Reserve of the Officers’ Reserve Corps or the Organized Reserve Corps.
Except for any period of active service described in clause (1) and except as provided by subsections (b), (c), and (d) of section 1402 and subsections (b), (c), and (d) of section 1402a of title 10, a period of service described in clauses (2) through (7) that is performed while on a retired list, in a retired status, or in the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, may not be included to increase retired pay, retirement pay, or retainer pay. For the purpose of clause (5), periods during which a member was a deck officer or junior engineer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes periods during which a member was a deck officer or junior engineer in the Environmental Science Services Administration or the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
A period of time may not be counted more than once under subsection (a).
The periods of service authorized to be counted under subsection (a) shall, under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, include service performed by a member of a uniformed service before he became 18 years of age.
Notwithstanding subsection (a), a commissioned officer may not count in computing basic pay a period of service after
October 13, 1964, that the officer performed concurrently as a member of the Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, except for service that the officer performed on or after August 1, 1979, other than for training as an enlisted member of the Selected Reserve may be so counted.
Notwithstanding subsection (a), a period of service described in paragraph (2) of a member who enlists in a reserve component may not be counted under this section.
Paragraph (1) applies to the following service:
Service performed while a member of a reserve component under an enlistment under section 12103(b) or 12103(d) of title 10 before the member begins service on active duty under such section (including a period of active duty for training) unless the member performs inactive-duty training before beginning service on active duty or active duty for training;
Service performed while a member of a reserve component under an enlistment under section 513 of title 10 (other than a period of active duty to which the member is ordered under chapter 1209 of title 10 or another provision of law).
Notwithstanding subsection (a), the periods of service of a commissioned officer appointed under section 12203 of title 10 after receiving financial assistance under section 16401 of such title that are counted under this section may not include a period of service after
January 1, 2000, that the officer performed concurrently as an enlisted member of the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class program and the Marine Corps Reserve, except that service after that date that the officer performed before commissioning (concurrently with the period of service as a member of the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class program) as an enlisted member on active duty or as a member of the Selected Reserve may be so counted.
(Pub. L. 87–649,
Sept. 7, 1962, 76 Stat. 458; Pub. L. 88–647, title II, § 202(1), Oct. 13, 1964, 78 Stat. 1070; Pub. L. 89–718, § 49(a)(1), (b), Nov. 2, 1966, 80 Stat. 1121; Pub. L. 90–623, § 3(3), Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat. 1314; Pub. L. 93–545, § 2, Dec. 26, 1974, 88 Stat. 1741; Pub. L. 96–342, title VIII, § 813(b)(3)(D), Sept. 8, 1980, 94 Stat. 1104; Pub. L. 96–513, title IV, § 402, title V, § 516(3), Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2904, 2937; Pub. L. 98–525, title VI, § 607(a), Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2538; Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title V, § 501(c), Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1435; Pub. L. 102–25, title VII, § 702(b)(1), (2), (c), Apr. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 117; Pub. L. 102–484, div. A, title V, § 517(b), Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2407; Pub. L. 103–35, title II, § 204(a)(1), May 31, 1993, 107 Stat. 102; Pub. L. 103–337, div. A, title XVI, § 1676(b)(2), Oct. 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 3019; Pub. L. 104–201, div. A, title V, § 507(b), Sept. 23, 1996, 110 Stat. 2512; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1073(b), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1904; Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title V, § 551(c), Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 614; Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title V, § 533(e)], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–111; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title V, § 515(d)(1)(C), Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3236.)
cite as: 37 USC 205