The Veteran's Preference

by fred 8. April 2010
Veterans' preference is a program where veterans who have received a honorable discharge will receive a five or ten point privilege.
Veterans should indicate on the resume that they are entitled to and are claiming veteran's preference when applying to federal jobs. With the 5-point preference, there will be 5 points added to the examination grade if they were on active duty.
If a veteran served during a campaign for which a medal has been given, it also is a standard for eligibility. During the Gulf War, any person who was on active duty is qualified no matter where the active duty took place.
To be eligible for the ten point preference, a veteran must have served and gotten injured or earned a purple heart. Also, a spouse of a deceased veteran or the mother of a veteran who died in service are eligible.
Students who have veteran's preference are given priority over students that have the same qualifications. The preference is a method by which consideration is given to veterans compared to other applicants for the same position. All eligibility prerequisites for any person applying for veterans benefits are similar. The same standards apply whether your are a student or non-student.
The VetGuide on the Bureau of Land Management's website says that eligible veterans receive preference in competitive appointments and may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments and merit promotion announcements. Once employed, the veteran's preference does not apply to other jobs within the same agency.

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