Navigating the Federal Civil Service Hiring Process as a Veteran: Essential Documentation and Where to Find Them

If you are a veteran seeking a federal civil service job, there are several essential documents you will need to provide to qualify for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference is a federal hiring policy that gives eligible veterans a competitive edge in the hiring process. Here are the required documents and where to access them:

  • DD Form 214: The DD Form 214, also known as the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is the most important document for veterans. This form verifies your military service and includes details about your discharge status, dates of service, and military occupational specialty. You can request a copy of your DD214 from the National Archives website at


  • VA Disability Rating Letter: If you have a service-connected disability, you will need to provide a VA Disability Rating Letter to qualify for additional points on your civil service application. This letter verifies your disability rating and can be obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) eBenefits website at


  • SF-15: The SF-15, or Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, is a form that allows you to claim preference points on your civil service application. You can access the SF-15 form on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at


Other Documents: Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to provide additional documentation, such as transcripts, certificates, or military orders. Check the job announcement or contact the hiring agency for specific requirements.

Navigating the federal civil service hiring process as a veteran can be challenging, but having the right documentation can make all the difference. By providing the necessary documents, you can take advantage of veterans' preference and increase your chances of landing a federal job. Remember to keep your documents up-to-date and easily accessible to simplify the application process.

Good luck with your job search, and thank you for your service to our country!


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