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The Veteran’s Preference

Veterans’ preference is a program wherein veterans who have earned a honorable discharge will receive either a 5 or 10 point privilege.

Veterans should say on the Federal resume that they are eligible and are claiming veteran’s preference when applying to federal jobs. With the five-point preference, there will be 5 points added to the examination score if they were on active duty.

If a veteran served during a military campaign for which a medal has been authorized, it also is a standard for eligibility. During the Gulf War, any soldier who served on active duty is qualified regardless of where the active duty occurred.

To be qualified for the ten point preference, a veteran must have served and gotten injured or received a purple heart. Also, a spouse of a veteran unable to work or the mother of a veteran who became totally disabled are eligible.

Students who have veteran’s preference have priority over students that are equally qualified. The preference establishes a method by which consideration is given to veterans over other applicants for the same position. All eligibility prerequisites for any person applying for veterans benefits are the same. The same standards apply for students and non-students.

The VetGuide on the Bureau of Land Management’s site states that eligible veterans receive preference in excepted service appointments and may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments and merit promotion announcements. Once hired, the veteran’s preference does not apply to future positions within the same organization.

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