What To Know About the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment

The Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment

If you are a veteran looking for a job, you need to know about the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment. This is an excepted authority that allows eligible veterans who meet the basic qualifications to be exempted from the traditional competitive hiring process and placed into an appointed hiring status. 

This appointment will help expedite the hiring process for veterans as well as helping to maintain a highly skilled and diverse workforce. This will give veterans a chance to more easily get into the civilian workforce or make a career change. This is available to veterans who meet the criteria. 

Who is eligible for the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment?

These types of veterans are eligible for this appointment:

  • Disabled veterans.
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign, or expedition, for which you received an authorized campaign or expedition badge or medal.
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which you were awarded an Armed Forces Service Medal.
  • Veterans who have separated from active service within the last three years.

What to keep in mind when it comes to the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment

  • The highest grade you can use this with is GS-11 or equivalent. 
  • Separating service members can use their military fitness test and military medical examination to get credit for successful completion of the required CBP medical qualification and fitness test requirements. You will need to provide medical records and a possible supplemental health history questionnaire. 
  • Veterans can also meet the criteria to receive a waiver for the polygraph examination. 
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can apply under VRA. 

What documentation do you need?

You will need to provide the correct documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. 

This includes:

  • Copy of DD214 or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

And for those that are claiming a 10-point preference: 

  • Standard Form SF-15.
  • Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
  • Any supporting documents that are needed. 

How do you apply for the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment?

To apply you would need to go to the Apply Now website and click on the VRA announcement that corresponds to the position you are interested in.  

The VRA can help veterans more easily find a job after military life is over. Take advantage of this benefit if you are eligible. You can read more about the program on the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment page.