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46 U.S. Code § 11202 - Qualified service

For purposes of this chapter, an individual shall be considered to have engaged in qualified service if, between August 16, 1945, and December 31, 1946, the individual—
(1) was a member of the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) serving as a crewmember of a vessel that was—
operated by the War Shipping Administration or the Office of Defense Transportation (or an agent of the Administration or Office);
operated in waters other than inland waters, the Great Lakes, and other lakes, bays, and harbors of the United States;
under contract or charter to, or property of, the Government of the United States; and
serving the Armed Forces; and
while so serving, was licensed or otherwise documented for service as a crewmember of such a vessel by an officer or employee of the United States authorized to license or document the individual for such service.
(Added Pub. L. 105–368, title IV, § 402(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3336; amended Pub. L. 116–283, div. G, title LVXXXV [LXXXV], § 8505(b)(12), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4752.)
Editorial Notes

2021—Pub. L. 116–283 substituted “an individual” for “a person” in introductory provisions and “the individual” for “the person” in introductory provisions and in par. (2).