The Office of Personnel has created a “Veteran’s Guide” to help those agencies ensure they are giving veteran’s the right preferences, this guide is the all tell all on seeing if a veteran has status or not. Yes, you read that right, just because you are a veteran doesn’t mean that you automatically are able to apply for government jobs. In order to apply you have to be a veteran and stipulations apply.
First thing is first, you must be a veteran or have some other kind of veteran status. This is just one of many criteria one must meet to become eligible for veterans status. To receive preference, a veteran must have been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This is crucial because, if you have a dishonorable discharge you are disqualified from veteran status.
Note: Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled veterans upon being discharged or separated from the military.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS)
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
When veterans with 10 point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CP) status apply for federal positions, 10 points are automatically added to their application scores & their application automatically is placed at the very TOP of the list. 30 Percent Disabled Veterans are also eligible to receive “recruitment” hiring. Meaning, if an agency wants to hire a disabled veteran the agency can do so using the Veterans Recruitment Appointments (VRA). If you have any additional questions about your application or to see if the agency you have applied to has any VRA openings, contact the human resources office of the agency for which you applied.
Veterans Job Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/index.aspx
Veteran’s Guide: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp