NASA Recognizes Veterans’ Preference and Special Hiring Authorities
Many of the iconic figures at the agency–our astronauts–were former members of the armed services, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Jr and Guion Bluford.
However, veterans are not only found in the astronaut corps.
Across the agency, veterans deliver subject matter expertise, years of on-the-job training, and advanced skills in everything from information technology to transportation logistics and from supply-chain management to public relations. In addition, there are many opportunities for veterans and military spouses available such as in:
- Aerospace and Aviation
- Electronics Engineering
- Program Management
- Cyber Security
- Security Administration
If you’re a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for special hiring authorities for veterans’ preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options.
This term refers to individuals, who, as a result of military service or as a result of their connection to someone with military service, are entitled to special preference in the Federal Hiring process. This includes disabled veterans, spouses of disabled veterans, widows/widowers of deceased veterans, and parents of deceased veterans. If you are 10-point preference eligible, you may apply for employment consideration event if there are currently no open announcements for positions in which you are interested.
To check for eligibility or learn more about veterans’ preference visit USAJOBS page on veterans or the veterans’ preference page on fedshirevets.org. View this one-pager for more information on 10 Point Preference Eligibles.
FedsHireVets.gov provides detailed information to veterans, transitioning service members and their families, including veterans’ preference eligibility, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics. For more information on special hiring authorities for military spouses please go to USAJOBS – Military Spouses.
Veterans’ Hiring Authorities
If you’re a veteran, you may also be eligible for one of these special hiring authorities:
30% or More Disabled Veteran: An authority that allows an agency to non-competitively appoint any veteran with a 30% more service-connected disability to a temporary or term appointment.
Supporting Documentation: Upon request, you will be required to submit proof of veterans preference to include DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), Standard Form (SF-15) and proof required by SF-15. You can upload and save documents to your USAJOBS account.
How do I exercise this option? If you are interested in a vacancy announcement this is currently open, we encourage you to apply directly to the announcement on USAJOBS. If you are a 10-point veteran, you will be given preference in hiring in according with applicable federal policies.
If you are a 10-point veteran and wish to submit a late or unsolicited application, please submit an online inquiry to the NASA Shared Service Center Customer Contact Center. Please specify the Category as “Human Resources”, the Area as “Inquiry” and in the Description include that you are requesting to apply as a 10-point later filer and list the specific vacancy announcement for which you would like to be considered, if applicable.
For more information, visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans/veterans-preference.
Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA): An excepted authority that allows an agency to non-competitively appoint an eligible veteran to a two-year appointment at the GS-11 level or below. VRA eligibles may apply to merit promotion job announcements (those open to federal employees), if the job announcement is open to individuals outside that agency.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): A competitive appointing authority that allows eligible individuals to apply to merit promotion job announcements (those open to federal employees), if the job announcement is open to individuals outside that agency.
For more information, visit https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans/special-hiring-authorities.
Certain Military Spouses
A non-competitive appointment of certain military spouses to a competitive service position.
- Active Duty Spouse: Spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty.
- Spouse of a 100% Disabled Veteran: Spouse of a military member who was retired under Chapter 61 of title 10 U.S.C. with a 100% disability rating from the military; or was released from active duty with a disability rating of 100% from the Department of Veterans Affairs or a military branch.
- Widow/Widower: Un-remarried widow/widower of a service member deceased while on active duty (does not have to combat-related).
Marriage certificate and your spouse’s military documentation that shows you meet one of the above criteria.
Employee Resource Groups for Veterans and Military Spouses
NASA employees can join one of many Employee Resource Groups which support development activities and positive team dynamics. These groups are an excellent resource for information sharing, professional development, and networking.
The Veterans Employment Resource Group connects military veteran employees and their families along with allies together, creating a support network to help each other through the unique challenge’s veterans face. Veteran mentorship also focuses on introducing NASA values and organizational structure.
There are many benefit entitlements for veterans, military spouses, and their families. NASA offers benefits like retirement plans, health insurance and life insurance as well as financial wellness education and training to make the most of these benefits. Learn more here.
Join our Veterans & Military Spouses Talent Community
Sign up here to receive quarterly communications about job opportunities, career tips, and guidance from NASA employees on how to position yourself to join our team: https://go.nasa.gov/3PAEJKP.
Veterans Employee Spotlights
Check out some of our NASA veterans and military spouses who are out of this world:
Watch our #NationalHireAVeteranDay Q&A with NASA Veterans!
Our NASA Veterans answered questions on what it’s like to work at NASA and discuss helpful career and resume tips on how to better position yourself for a career with the agency. Watch the recording!
Meet Tyrone Dillard, a quality assurance engineer at NASA. He talks about his experience in the Marines and his transition to a career at NASA.
Meet Latasha Ferguson is a Lead Human Resource Specialist at NASA’s Shared Services Center (NSSC). She discusses her career journey to NASA as a military spouse.