In this chapter:
The term “dependent”, with respect to a member of a uniformed service, means—
his unmarried child (including an unmarried dependent stepchild or adopted child) under 21 years of age;
his dependent mother or father;
a dependent designated in official records; and
a person determined to be dependent by the Secretary concerned, or his designee.
The term “missing status” means the status of a member of a uniformed service who is officially carried or determined to be absent in a status of—
missing in action;
interned in a foreign country;
captured, beleaguered, or besieged by a hostile force; or
detained in a foreign country against his will.
The term “pay and allowances” means—
basic allowance for housing;
basic allowance for subsistence; and
station per diem allowances for not more than 90 days.
(Added Pub. L. 89–554, § 5(b), Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 625; amended Pub. L. 99–145, title XIII, § 1301(g), Nov. 8, 1985, 99 Stat. 737; Pub. L. 100–26, § 8(e)(10), Apr. 21, 1987, 101 Stat. 287; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title VI, § 603(d)(1)(D), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1782.)