The question on the FAFSA is: “Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?”
According to the FAFSA website, you would answer “Yes” if you:
(1) have engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. armed forces, or are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies
(2) were released under a condition other than dishonorable.
Answer “No” if you:
(1) have never engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. armed forces,
(2) are currently a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) student or a cadet or midshipman at a service academy,
(3) are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or
(4) were engaged in active duty in the U.S. armed forces but released under dishonorable conditions.
Please note: National Guard and Army Reserve members, if you have only participated in basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), you will answer “No” to this question.