Credit for military academy attendance


Q. Is time spent at a military service academy creditable for civilian retirement if the employee did not graduate?

A. Yes, time spent at one of the military academies is creditable, even if you didn’t graduate. The only exception to that rule is for foreign nationals who are receiving training under an agreement with a foreign government.


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  1. Hello, there are five service academies, with the USMMA being one of them. Is it true the service time at the US Merchant Marine Academy is not creditable for civilian retirement?

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