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How long do you have to serve to be considered a veteran?

i was told you have to serve for a long time. is that true? how long do you have to serve to be considered a veteran?

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FirstBorn1

A veteran is one who has served in the armed forces and has an honorable or general discharge.
To be considered a Veteran, you must have served at least one tour of duty as an active service member.

PS. Thankyou to all our veterans and service members.

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Thankyou..... I am a veteran and did not know Starbucks did not support our troops...BOYCOTT Starbucks for sure. I'm heading back......I'm almost there..... Lol
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There are numerous definitions of what a veteran is, & it gets a bit confusing. You could be in day 1 of basic fall down, break your back & be taken care of for the rest of your life by the VA. So you can be a vet with 1 day under your belt & receive 100% disability. Each branch & its reserve components all offer retirement after 20 years of service, there are exceptions, some are offered & except early retirement. If you complete your military hitch which varies in length from 2 to 6 years with reserve or guard time added in , you are a vet. National Guard & Reservist can be included as vets if they've been called up or served for 6 continuous months of active duty, excluding your primary training, drills & AT. As a reserve soldier you can also gain vet benefits if injured during drill or AT, known as LOD. So there are varying degrees of being a vet, that should be clear as mud. But no, you can be a vet after your first day

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When you join any branch of military it will be for a specific time such as 2 years 3 years whatever the branch requires, after serving that time and stay out of trouble you will receive an honorable discharge. then you are a bona fied veteran. The Army has a minimum requirement of 3 years, the navy and marines make you serve 4 years, military service is a good way to earn college credits and learn disipline as well. so good luck in your new carrier and if you want to stay out of trouble do like you dad told you, take their shit and keep you mouth shut and you'll be fine

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