Veteran's Hiring Information


Air Force Civilian Services (AFCS) is, and has always been, committed to hiring veterans. While there are Federal laws providing hiring preference and special appointing authorities for veterans, more than ever, AFCS recognizes that hiring veterans just makes sense. By actively recruiting veterans, AFCS gains the value of their experience and provides them with a means to continue their service to our country. To meet veterans' employment information needs, the US Office of Personnel Management created a website to act as the preeminent source for Federal employment information for Veterans. Visit FedsHireVets.gov for post-military career information.

Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
VRA is an excepted hiring authority that allows AFCS to hire eligible veterans without competition, who meet any of the following requirements:
  • Served on active duty and received a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition
  • Served on active duty and received an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation
  • Have recently separated (within the last three years), and separated under honorable conditions (an honorable or general discharge)
  • Are disabled
  • Veterans can be given an excepted service appointment under this authority at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. After an individual successfully completes two years of service, that individual will be converted noncompetitively to a career-conditional or career appointment in the competitive service.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)

VEOA gives eligible veterans access to jobs that otherwise would have been available only to current competitive civil service (status) employees. Veterans are not accorded preference as a factor in the application process, but they are allowed to compete for job opportunities that are being filled under internal merit promotion procedures—they are not available to the general public. A VEOA-eligible who has competed under Air Force merit promotion announcements open to status individuals outside the AF workforce, and who is selected, will be given a career or career-conditional appointment. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran’s latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (an honorable or general discharge), and the veteran must be either a preference eligible OR have substantially completed three or more years of continuous active service.

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW)

Under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, active duty service members are treated as veterans and given preference-eligible status (when applicable) for purposes of appointment in the competitive service for up to 120 days prior to their actual discharge/release from active duty service. Along with the job application, a service member in this situation submits a “certification,” which is any written document from the armed forces that certifies he or she is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans
This hiring authority can be used to make appointments of eligible candidates to any position for which they are qualified, without competition. Unlike the VRA there are no grade-level limitations. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days; however, the veteran can be converted to permanent status at any time during the time-limited appointment without competition.

Eligibility applies to the following categories of veterans:
  • Disabled veterans who were retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more; and
  • Disabled veterans rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.
180-day Waiver

The 180-day waiver to appoint retired military members to civilian positions is back in effect as of December 23, 2016, when President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of fiscal year (FY) 2017. This does not mean retired military members cannot apply for federal positions. In fact, we highly encourage retired military members to seek employment with us. By law, retired military members have the right to seek and be considered for federal civilian employment to include our disabled veterans. This statute simply is in place to mandate documentation to show the superiority of the military members qualifications to other referred candidates.

Additionally, consideration must be in compliance with merit system principles. Which require selection and advancement predicated solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge, and skills after fair and open competition, thus ensuring all applicants receive equal opportunity.

Military members coming up on retirement or just recently retired bring to the table a work ready wealth of knowledge and experience that we want to capitalize on and retain for continuity and to proactively assure the success of our mission capabilities. They have displayed years of dedication, professionalism, outstanding work ethic and have embodied the team player orientation to cement our total Air Force concept.

As they transition from active duty to the private sector, they can take comfort in knowing that their past experience can easily transform to the many disciplines utilized in civil service today. Conversely, they can realistically vie for compensation commensurate with their military benefits and earnings.

They have served their country with pride and distinction and they need to know that they are still a valuable asset to our great nation and we gladly welcome them into continued service with federal employment opportunities!

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Individuals With a Disability


The Schedule A authority, specifically Schedule A 5 CFR 213.3102(u), enables AFCS to hire an eligible person in a more direct and stream-lined manner. To be eligible for Schedule A, you must provide a "proof of disability" letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability. You can get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Click here to see sample letters.

In addition to having the “proof of disability” letter, you must meet the qualification requirements, and must be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. You will need to provide a resume, transcripts if your education qualifies you for the position(s) you’re seeking, and a statement identifying the occupational areas and Air Force installations in which you’re interested.

When you have the appropriate documentation, you should contact the Air Force Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) at AFPC.EO.SELECTIVEPLACEMENT@us.af.mil to receive employment assistance and help with the application process. The SPPC will contact and provide your documents to the Disability Program Manager (DPM) or Civilian Personnel Section (CPS) at the local AF installations in which you’re interested. The SPPC will give you the contact information for the local DPM or CPS so you can work more directly with the local officials as they determine if opportunities are available for which they opt to use the Schedule A hiring authority.

If you are hired under the Schedule A authority, you may be converted to the competitive service after two years of successful job performance.

If you would like to learn more about the Schedule A appointing authority, you can click here and view "The ABCs of Schedule A for Applicants with Disabilities” or visit Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.


Active Duty Military Spouses


The Civilian Spouse of an Active Duty Airman may be Eligible for Civilian Employment with AFCS. We are transforming the hiring process for military spouses. Simplified and streamlined, military spouses can now receive priority placement directly when they apply for positions through USAJOBS.gov.

Military spouses are no longer required to go to the local Civilian Personnel Section to register for the Priority Placement Program to exercise their preference for hiring. This was a time-consuming process for spouses and the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) limited their registration options to only five types of occupational series.

Beginning April 1, 2019 in lieu of registration, military spouses will exercise their priority placement preference by applying for vacancies of their choosing on USAJOBS.gov. Current enrollees should have received notification regarding their registration in the Department of Defense (DoD) Priority Placement Program (PPP) and future changes to the program.

Military spouses who meet the best qualified standard are referred to the hiring manager with preference and can also be invited to participate in an interview, when applicable. Ultimately, this change standardizes military spouse procedures, simplifies the employment process and empowers military spouses to exercise their preference selectively.

This is one of the most positive and exciting changes we have seen in a long time for our military spouses.

When submitting an application, military spouses must complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification checklist from Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS) website. This form must be submitted each time you apply to a Department of Defense (DoD) position on USAJOBS in order to receive military spouse preference. Click HERE to find this form.

For more information on how to exercise your preference when applying for a job, please view this WEBSITE or contact the local Civilian Personnel Section. The Air Force hires individuals in nearly all occupational areas and provides numerous opportunities for employment. If you are eligible and qualified, you can apply for available positions. If you are a person with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability, you have an additional avenue you can pursue: a Schedule A special hiring authority.

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Programs for Students


Air Force Premier College Internship Program
  • 500 paid full-time positions are available to current college and university sophomores and juniors, and to graduate students who are currently enrolled in a full-time graduate program and who can provide documentation that they will have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours prior to starting the summer internship. These positions last 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2019 and are offered in over 45 locations around the country. It's worth repeating, these are paid full-time positions.
  • You will be working shoulder to shoulder with current AFCS employees on challenging and rewarding projects and making a real contribution to the mission of the U.S. Air Force-invaluable real-world experience as you plan your future.
  • Even better, these Premier College Internships may qualify you for a permanent full-time position at AFCS once you complete your degree. A full-time offer will include a career development plan, a great salary, and all the benefits Federal employees enjoy.
Paid Internships
  • Paid Internships are open to students enrolled at least half-time in a variety of qualifying accredited educational programs at high-school through graduate levels. Students can work part-time or full-time in jobs related to their field of study or interests.
Summer Hire Program
  • For students looking for temporary summer employment and the opportunity to gain valuable and marketable work experience during the summer months, the Summer Hire Program is a terrific option. Not to mention you’ll be earning money while being exposed to the life and culture of AFCS.
SMART Scholarships: Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation
  • These scholarships provide students currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the STEM disciplines paid tuition and other educational expenses, a generous cash stipend, health insurance allowance, and paid summer internships at AFCS. For more information, contact us at secp@randolph.af.mil or visit this link for additional information.

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Programs for Recent Graduates


AFCS uses Pathways Recent Graduates appointments to fill positions in the COPPER CAP Program (COP), which focuses on Contract Specialists, and the PALACE Acquire Program (PAQ), which fills positions in many career fields. These programs have educational requirements and may also require a minimum grade-point average or a willingness to relocate.

COPPER CAP (COP)

  • Designed to prepare college graduates for careers at AFCS as Contract Specialists, COPPER CAP interns are assigned to work with professional Contracting Officers and receive formal on-the-job training in all aspects of contract management, including market research, requirements definition, solicitation preparation, price justification, negotiation and award, and administration of contracts.
  • Contract Specialists are at the heart of the complex process of supplying and sustaining the Air Force with everything from satellites, electronics, and high-performance aircraft to supplies and services necessary for the day-to-day operation of military installations around the world.
  • Applicants to the COP program must have a minimum of a four-year degree and 24 semester-hours of business courses.
PALACE Acquire (PAQ)
  • The PALACE Acquire Program offers permanent full-time positions in a wide range of occupations following a 2 to 4-year period with a formal training plan designed for both personal and professional growth.
  • Promotions and yearly salary increases are granted based upon performance and supervisory approval. Upon successful completion of the formal training plan, the PALACE Acquire Program offers a permanent position at AFCS, making it a great way to start your professional life.
  • A degree is required for the PAQ program—associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and professional, or a vocational or technical degree, or certificate within the preceding two years. Those with a master's degree or with a bachelor's degree and professional experience may qualify for higher-level opportunities. Some programs may require a minimum grade-point average or a willingness to relocate.
  • Eligible veterans, who were not able to apply within two years of completing their degree due to active duty military service obligation, may have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.
Science And Engineering PAQ
  • This is a development program that leads to a permanent engineering or scientist position after successful completion. Bachelor of Science graduates begin a well-planned, three-year development and training program, which includes one year of graduate studies relating to selected STEM disciplines.
  • The first and third years of this program involve work experience, while the second year is dedicated to full-time paid graduate studies—including a full salary.
  • We also offer eligible candidates sign-on bonuses and repayment of qualifying federally insured student loans.
  • Qualified applicants with relevant Master of Science or Bachelor of Science degrees supplemented by one year of professional engineering or science experience may be placed in a two-year on-the-job training program that leads to a promotion to journeyman-level engineer or scientist.
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
  • PMF is a flagship two-year leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. Designed to prepare you for a leadership position in the federal government, the program attracts and selects from among the very best and brightest candidates.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you could be converted to a full-time employee.
  • Qualifications for the programs vary, so check this link for additional information.

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