The Veteran's Preference

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

Veterans should indicate on the Federal resume that they are eligible and are claiming veteran's preference when applying to government 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 an expedition for which a medal has been given, it also sets a standard for eligibility. During the Gulf War, any soldier who was on active duty is eligible regardless of where the active duty occurred.

To be qualified for the 10 point preference, a veteran must have served and gotten injured or earned a purple heart. Also, a spouse of a veteran unable to work or the mother of a veteran who died in service are eligible.

Students who have veteran's preference have priority over students that have the same qualifications. The preference is an employment 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 identical. The same standards apply whether your are a student or non-student.

The Bureau of Land Management website states that eligible veterans receive preference in competitive appointments and may be thought of for special noncompetitive appointments and merit promotion announcements. Once hired, the veteran's preference does not apply to other positions within the same agency.


Gail Esparan