Veterans have advantages over nonveterans in a reduction in force (RIF). Also, special provisions apply in determining whether retired military members receive preference in RIF and whether their military service is counted. The guidance on this topic is contained within the VetGuide, which is also published on this site. For your convenience, we’ve provided a link to the specific section of the Guide on this topic. See www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#3.