April 19, 2012

Leaving the CORPS

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

 Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans is designed for veterans. Knowing about these authorities and identifying your eligibility will enhance your job search. These special authorities represent a few of many appointing authorities that agencies can use entirely at their discretion. Veterans are not entitled to appointment under any of these authorities. Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA)VRA is an excepted authority that allows agencies to appoint eligible veterans without competition. If you:

  • Are in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition.
  • Are a disabled veteran.
  • Are in receipt of an Armed forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation.
  • Are a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) and separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge).

You can be appointed under this authority at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment. After successfully completing 2 years, you will be converted to the competitive service. Veterans’ preference applies when using the VRA authority.

Agencies can also use VRA to fill temporary (not to exceed 1 year) or term (more than 1 year but not to exceed 4 years) positions. If you are employed in a temporary or term position under VRA, you will not be converted to the competitive service after 2 years.

There is no limit to the number of times you can apply under VRA.

You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15 [152 KB]), “Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference.”

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