In the Federal Government’s strategy to recruit and employ Veterans, the FedsHireVets.gov website was created to give resources and directions to Veterans seeking employment information. FedsHireVets recognize that Veterans have the experience, skills, and leadership abilities that make them ideal candidates for many federal jobs. Federal jobs can be a natural transition for many Veterans. They can offer more stability than employment in the private sector.
FedsHireVets offers information and resources regarding the federal employment process. On the website you can find over a thousand job opportunities and useful reference materials for Veterans programs with Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 5-point preference and who is eligible?
A 5-point preference eligible is a veteran whose discharge or release from active duty in the armed forces was under honorable conditions and service meets the following criteria:
- During a war; or
- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after Jan. 31, 1955, and before Oct. 15, 1976; or
- During the Gulf War from Aug. 2, 1990, through Jan. 2, 1992; or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning Sept. 11, 2001, and ending on Aug. 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including Afghanistan (Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi Freedom (OIF)), Bosnia (Operations Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, and Joint Forge), Global War on Terrorism, Persian Gulf, and others may qualify for preference.
The Veteran must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge.
How do I determine if I am eligible for Veterans’ preference?In general, Veterans’ preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Only Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) are eligible for Veterans’ preference.
If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
- How many types of preference eligibles are there?
There are basically three types of preference eligibles, disabled (10 point preference eligible), non-disabled (5 point preference eligible) and sole survivorship preference (0 point preference eligible).
For more FAQ, information and resources, visit FedsHireVets.gov
Written by Heather Martin and edited by Michaela Yesis, student interns working with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team.