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Veteran's most recent period of service, recode

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VET1 identifies the most recent period of service for individuals who served in the military forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) in time of war or peace, but who were not in the armed forces at the time of the survey.

VET1 is an alternative coding of VETLAST. In 2006 onward, veterans could report up to four periods of service. Thus, while the most recent period of service is reported in VETLAST (comparable over time), VET1 is harmonized with the three variables VET2, VET3, and VET4, which report the three additional periods of service for veterans. These four variables are available beginning in 2006.

Information for periods from basic monthly samples on periods of military service are available as unharmonized variables in UH_VET1_B1, UH_VET2_B1, UH_VET3_b1, and UH_VET4_B1.


VET1 is available beginning in 2006.


  • Civilians age 17+ who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2006 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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