10 U.S. Code § 971 - Service credit: officers may not count service performed while serving as cadet or midshipman

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(a) Prohibition on Counting Enlisted Service Performed While at Service Academy or in Navy Reserve.— The period of service under an enlistment or period of obligated service while also performing service as a cadet or midshipman or serving as a midshipman in the Navy Reserve may not be counted in computing, for any purpose, the length of service of an officer of an armed force or an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.
(b) Prohibition on Counting Service as a Cadet or Midshipman.— In computing length of service for any purpose, service as a cadet or midshipman may not be credited to any of the following officers:
(1) An officer of the Navy or Marine Corps.
(2) A commissioned officer of the Army or Air Force.
(3) An officer of the Coast Guard.
(4) An officer in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.
(c) Service as a Cadet or Midshipman Defined.— In this section, the term “service as a cadet or midshipman” means—
(1) service as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, or United States Coast Guard Academy; or
(2) service as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 85–861, § 1(20),Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1442; amended Pub. L. 90–235, § 6(a) (1),Jan. 2, 1968, 81 Stat. 761; Pub. L. 98–557, § 17(a),Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 2867; Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title VI, § 652(a)(1)(A), (2),Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1461; Pub. L. 104–201, div. A, title V, § 581,Sept. 23, 1996, 110 Stat. 2537; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1073(a)(13),Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1900; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title V, § 515(b)(1)(D), (2),Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3233, 3234.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
971 50:1414. June 25, 1956, ch. 439, § 4, 70 Stat. 333.

Amendments

2006—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 109–163substituted “Navy Reserve” for “Naval Reserve” in heading and “Navy Reserve” for “Naval Reserve” in text.
1997—Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 105–85substituted “Commissioned Corps” for “commissioned corps”.
1996—Pub. L. 104–201, § 581(c)(3), struck out “enlisted” after “count” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–201, § 581(a), (c)(2), inserted heading, substituted “while also performing service as a cadet or midshipman or serving as a midshipman” for “while also serving as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, or the United States Coast Guard Academy, or as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy or”, and inserted before period at end “or an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104–201, § 581(b), amended subsec. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (b) read as follows: “In computing length of service for any purpose—
“(1) no officer of the Navy or Marine Corps may be credited with service as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy or as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, or United States Coast Guard Academy;
“(2) no commissioned officer of the Army or Air Force may be credited with service as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy or as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, or United States Coast Guard Academy; and
“(3) no officer of the Coast Guard may be credited with service as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy or as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, or United States Coast Guard Academy.”
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104–201, § 581(c)(1), added subsec. (c).
1989—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–189, § 652(a)(1)(A), struck out “, under an appointment accepted after June 25, 1956,” after “Naval Reserve”.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 101–189, § 652(a)(2)(A), struck out “, if he was appointed as a midshipman or cadet after March 4, 1913” after “United States Coast Guard Academy”.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 101–189, § 652(a)(2)(B), struck out “, if he was appointed as a midshipman or cadet after August 24, 1912” after “United States Coast Guard Academy”.
1984—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 98–557added par. (3).
1968—Pub. L. 90–235designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b).
Transfer of Functions

For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468 (b), 551 (d), 552 (d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.
Application of Subsection (a) to Service Under Appointment Accepted Before June 26, 1956

Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title VI, § 652(a)(1)(B),Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1461, provided that: “The limitation in section 971 (a) of title 10, United States Code, shall not apply with respect to a period of service referred to in that section while also serving under an appointment as a cadet or midshipman accepted before June 26, 1956.”

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