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Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.
In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel.
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Most likely - the credits were automatically added to your record for serving between 1968-1971.
But for serving during 1967 - you would need specifically inform the Social Security Administration.
Whether your social security benefits will be increased depends on your total earning record - and you definitely need to contact the SSA.
You can call toll-free at 1-***-***-**** (TTY 1-***-***-****).
Or you may want to visit a local SSA office.