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What is Veteran's Preference, and how is it used to hire people?

Veterans' Preference gives eligible veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements. In accordance with title 5, United States Code, Section 2108 ( 5 USC 2108) , Veterans' preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Please know that not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for veterans' preference- meaning you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. For additional information, you can visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/, or you can send an email to Recruiter@hhs.gov with Veteran's Preference Inquiry in the subject line.   

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Content last reviewed on August 13, 2015