The U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Web site can give you more information on veterans’ preference in hiring. Below are a few guidelines.
You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:
• 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on a future date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
• Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
• 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976, OR
• In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.
You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:
• have a service connected disability, OR
• received a Purple Heart.
If you are still unsure on your ability to claim veterans' preference eligibility, you may also visit the Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor.
Prior active but not retired
• You are able to have your prior active duty added to your civil service time for leave purposes and federal length of service awards.
• Please provide our HR office a copy of your DD214 member 4 copy if you haven’t done this already.
• If you are interested in having your active duty time count towards your federal service retirement, please fill out the linked RI-20-97 and provide this to our HR office.
• You are able to have your campaign and expeditions count towards your civil service time for leave purposes and federal length of service awards.
• Please provide our HR office a copy of your DD214 member 4 copy and fill out the linked SF813 form.