Who is Eligible to apply for the “Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)” On-the-Spot Hiring Authority?

The following veterans are eligible for a non-competitive VRA:
  • Disabled veterans. Disabled veterans are defined as veterans who are rated CPS (compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more), or rated CP (compensable service-connected rating of at least 10% but less than 30%).
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) was awarded; and
  • Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years.
  • For disabled veterans and those with a campaign badge or AFSM, all time restrictions on appointments have been eliminated. However, veterans who are not disabled and who do not have a campaign badge or AFSM may only be appointed within the first three years after their most recent separation. There is no minimum service requirement, but the individual must have served on active duty, not active duty for training.

Conditions of Employment: VRA authority can be used to fill positions up through the FG-11 grade level and positions at the equivalent under other pay systems (e.g., core comp or wage grade). The promotion potential or job category of a position is not a factor.

Documentation Required:

  • Submit with your application or before appointment a DD 214, Certificate of Discharge indicating either an honorable or general discharge, and
  • documentation of disability rating either from VA or a Branch of the Armed Forces; or documentation (indicating in the DD 214) showing you are in receipt of a campaign badge or service medal.