32 CFR Appendix A to Part 881, Glossary of Terms
Active Military Service - See 38 U.S.C. 106.
Civilian or Contractual Group - An organization whose members rendered service to the U.S. Air Force or a predecessor organization during a period of armed conflict. In that capacity the members were considered civilian employees with the Armed Forces or contractors with the U.S. Government, providing direct support to the Armed Forces. An example of such a group is the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, who were Federal civilian employees attached to the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
Discharge - Complete severance from the active military service. The discharge includes a reason and characterization of service.
Recognized Group - A group whose service the Secretary of the Air Force has determined was “active duty for the purposes of all laws administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs,” such as VA benefits under 38 U.S.C. 106.