Hi. Wanted to get some opinions on an issue that has bugged me. I've been applying to some federal jobs and, to this point, while I have always identified myself as a veteran, I haven't claimed 5-point preference. I wasn't in for OEF/OIF, but I have a National Defense Medal, because they continued to award them for the Gulf War until early 1992, i.e., while I was a mid. I know that the law (38 USC 1965) explicitly says that midshipmen/cadets are on active duty during their school time, so it seems like I can claim the 5-point preference. However, the DD-214 doesn't reflect Academy time; it only shows time after graduation (it does show the NDM, though). So here's my question: Can (or should) I claim the 5-point preference based on being in the Academy in 1991-1992? Thanks.