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The SF-50 is the Notification of Personnel Action. It contains certain employment information useful to the applicant or if applying for another federal job. It is used by current and former federal employees.
Schedule A is a special appointing authority that agencies can use to non-competitively appoint individuals, including eligible veterans, who have a severe physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disability. For more information visit www.USAJOBS.gov, Individuals with Disabilities page.
A 5-point preference eligible is a veteran whose discharge or release from active duty in the armed forces was under honorable conditions and service meets the following criteria:
- During a war; or
- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including Afghanistan (Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF)), Bosnia (Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Joint Forge), Global War on Terrorism, Persian Gulf, and others may qualify for preference.
The SF-15 can be found on the OPM website. Go to https://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf
To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either:
- a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
- a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.
In general, veterans' preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) are eligible for veterans' preference. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
To be eligible, the veteran must be:
- in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; OR
- a disabled veteran, OR
- in receipt of an Armed Forces Service Medal or Global War on Terrorism Service Medal for participation in a military operation, OR
- a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years), AND
Military Spouse Non-competitive Appointing Authority (Executive Order 13473) allows agencies to appoint certain military spouses without competition. The authority does not entitle spouses to an appointment over any other applicant. For additional information visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx.
A 10 point preference eligible is a veteran or eligible family member of a veteran who served at any time, was discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions and:
- has a compensable service connected disability,
- has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs OR
- has received a Purple Heart.
There are basically three types of preference eligibles, disabled (10 point preference eligible), non-disabled (5 point preference eligible) and sole survivorship preference (0 point preference eligible).
There are no regulations that dictate when a service member can apply for a position with the Federal Government. However, agencies typically will not adjudicate veterans’ preference unless the service-member has a DD-214 or "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
It depends. If the applicant is eligible for both appointing authorities he or she should indicate their desire to receive consideration under both appointing authorities. However, the criteria for 30% or more disabled appointing authority are different from Schedule A Persons with Disabilities appointing authority. For additional information on the eligibility criteria visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx.
The FedsHireVets.gov website has a Resume Writing guide posted at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/links/Resume%20Writing%20Participant%20Handout.pdf. USAJOBS.gov Help Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/ OPM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF7j03wGV6A
Yes. A service-member who is on terminal leave pending separation from active duty under honorable conditions may accept a civilian position in the Federal government.
The SF-15 is used by Federal agencies to adjudicate an individual’s claims for veterans' preference. Veterans and certain family members who claim 10-point preference must fill out and submit the SF-15, to include supporting documentation when applying for Federal positions.
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