Generally, anyone who has served in the military, and was discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable. Anyone who has enlisted with any branch of the military after September 7, 1980 must serve or have served continuously for 24 months to be considered on “active duty” and be eligible for the benefits and services that are governed by the Department. Anyone who has enlisted and been discharged before serving continuously for 24 months, or has failed to complete the time of service they were ordered to complete, whether 24 months in length or more, will not be allowed to benefit from the laws administered by the Department.
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