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Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA)

The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint an eligible veteran without competition to positions through the GS-11 grade level or equivalent level.  The candidate does not have to be on a list of eligibles, but must meet the military service and basic qualification requirements for the position being filled.  The following individuals are eligible for a VRA appointment: 

  • Disabled veterans;
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized;
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and
  • Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years.

There is no minimum service requirement, but the individual must have served on active duty, not active duty for training.

Conditions of Employment

VRAs are appointed in the excepted service.  After 2 years of substantial continuous service in a permanent position under the VRA, the appointment will be converted to the competitive service, providing job performance is satisfactory.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions in the "Applying for Jobs" section of our site.  In addition to a resume or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), you must provide a certificate of release from active duty (DD-214) or other proof of eligibility.


30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans Program

Federal agencies have the authority by law to give noncompetitive appointments to any veteran who has a service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  There is no grade limitations to such an appointment.   Applicants must meet all qualification requirements for the position to which appointed.

Conditions of Employment

Applicant must serve initially under a temporary appointment for at least 60 days.  After successful performance, the Agency may convert the employee to a permanent position.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions in the "Applying for Jobs" section of our site.  The applicant will need a copy of a letter issued after 1990 documenting a service-connected disability of at least 30% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense. Portal to U.S. government agencies Privacy Policy | Website Policies & Other Important Information | Site Map
Last reviewed or modified Monday Jan 14, 2008
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