Veterans must have served at least 181 days on active duty and have been discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. Veterans who served less than 181 days may qualify if they were discharged for a service connected disability. Peacetime service includes the periods:
July 26, 1947 to June 26, 1950
February 1, 1955 to August 4, 1964
May 8, 1975 to September 7, 1980
NOTE: Veterans whose entire period of active duty was between September 7, 1980 (enlisted) or October 16, 1981 (officers) and August 1, 1990 must have completed 24 months of active duty or the full period (at least 181 days) for which called or ordered to active duty, OR if the time served on active duty was for a shorter period, they must have been discharged for reasons of “hardship” or “reduction in force”, or for a service connected disability.