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Opportunities for Veterans

Social Security offers career options for those who have formerly served our country in the military.

Special hiring authorities allow veterans to apply for careers without undergoing the normal selection process.

Visit our Career Search page to learn about current opportunities available to all candidates.

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Veterans' Preference

Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during specific time periods or military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans in competitive hiring selections. Are you eligible for veterans' preference?

If you are eligible for veterans' preference, find a position that interests you through our Career Search. If the vacancy states that it is open to all sources and you are qualified for the position, you will receive veterans' preference accordingly. In order to receive your preference, you must send us proof of your military service along with your application (read the vacancy announcement to learn what documentation is required). Visit the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS web site for details about veterans' preference.

Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

Veterans with certain military service records may be hired for positions at grades GS-11 and below without a competitive selection process, if they meet the qualifications for the job. Certain conditions of employment may apply to employees hired under the VRA program.

30 Percent or More Disabled
Veterans Program

Like the VRA program, veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more may be hired into positions without a competitive selection process, if they meet the qualifications for the job. Unlike the VRA program, there is no limitation on the level at which you may be hired.

To learn more about these opportunities for veterans, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website. To find out how to apply for employment with Social Security under these authorities, contact your region's personnel office.

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