Welcome Veterans! At Social Security we offer plenty of career options for people who have proudly served in the armed forces. With so many diverse career fields available in our agency, your solid military experience and willingness to selflessly serve can translate into a very rewarding career in public service. We invite you to learn more about Social Security and the very special people on our team.
Veterans may be eligible for special hiring authorities that allow for special consideration during the normal selection process. There are different types of authorities and preferences. You will find information and links to resources on this page that can help you sort out the job search process from your unique view as a vet.
Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during specific time periods or military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans in competitive hiring selections. Are you eligible for veterans' preference?
If you are eligible for veterans' preference, find a position that interests click on Search & Apply, or find the red button on the top right hand side of each page. If the vacancy states that it is open to all sources and you are qualified for the position, you will receive veterans' preference accordingly. In order to receive your preference, you must send us proof of your military service along with your application (read the vacancy announcement to learn what documentation is required). Visit the veterans' preference section at the Office of Personnel Management's USAJobs website.
Veterans with certain military service records may be hired for positions at grades GS-11 and below without a competitive selection process, if they meet the qualifications for the job. Certain conditions of employment may apply to employees hired under the VRA program.
Like the VRA program, veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more may be hired into positions without a competitive selection process if they meet the qualifications for the job. Unlike the VRA program, there is no limitation on the level at which you may be hired.