TN 19 (09-98)

RS 01702.330 1957-1967 DMWs Based on Military Service Dates


For the period 1957-1967, DMWs are to be credited, when possible, based on proven service dates rather than on reported earnings.

Military wages became covered by SS beginning 01/01/57. However, DMWs did not begin until 01/01/68. Not until 1972 were the DMW provisions extended back to 1957, by granting $300 per quarter for any amount of covered military pay. This resulted in an 11-year period, 1957 through 1967, during which military postings had not been identified as such and, therefore, DMWs were not automatically added to the earnings record.

Since there was no practical way retroactively to identify military wages reported during this period, it was determined that DMWs would be credited only upon the filing of an application or a recomputation request. DMWs serve no purpose until insured status or a PIA computation is at issue. However, because DMWs are (by law) to be based on reported wages, feedback would be required to identify military employers on all claims when MS was alleged for 1957-1967.

This workload is being avoided by crediting, when possible, DMWs based on proven service dates from 1957-1967 rather than on the quarters that wages were reported. This method of crediting DMWs has an error potential which must be avoided, as explained in RS 01702.334.

Do not develop 1957-1967 MS to credit DMWs if the maximum earnings are already posted for the year(s) of alleged MS; e.g., the high earnings of an officer, or covered civilian work in either the year the MS started or ended, or of a reservist or National Guard member who had a short period of active duty for training.

NOTE: The instructions in RS 01702.334 must be strictly adhered to in order to avoid an error in determining insured status or in computing a PIA.


1. How Military Wages Were Paid

During the 1957-1967 period, the regular military paydays were either once or twice a month, depending on the branch of service. In both cases, the last day of a month was always a payday. The wages paid were for service from the last payday up to and including the current payday.

2. The Quarter the Service Started

A person entering the service may or may not have been paid on the next regular payday since it depended on the number of days involved, and the policy and procedure of the particular branch and/or duty station. Therefore, if a person entered the service near the end of the last month of a quarter, we cannot be sure that wages were paid in that quarter.

3. The Quarter the Service Ended

A person released from active duty was always paid up to and including the day of release. Therefore, DMWs may always be credited in the quarter the service ended.

4. Reserve Active Duty and Active Duty for Training

If a reservist had an extended period of active duty covering two or more quarters, treat such service as regular active service for a DMW determination based on service dates.

A reservist on a short period of annual or other active duty for training, usually a week or two, was paid on the last day of the service for the entire period regardless of the regular service paydays.

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RS 01702.330 - 1957-1967 DMWs Based on Military Service Dates - 09/11/1998
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