Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center
Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
The VRA is
a special authority by which agencies may, if they wish, appoint an
eligible veteran. The candidate must meet the basic qualification
requirements for the position. The VRA is a convenient method of
appointment for both the agency and the veteran. However, use of the
authority is entirely discretionary and no one is entitled to a VRA
VRA appointees initially are hired for a 2-year period. Successful
completion of the 2-year VRA appointment leads to a permanent civil
individuals are eligible for a VRA appointment:
- Disabled veterans
a person who was separated under honorable conditions from active
duty in the armed forces performed at any time and who has
established the present existence of a service-connected
disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement
benefits, or pensions because of a public statute administered by
the Department of Veterans Affairs or a military department);
- 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 military operation for
which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and
- Veterans separated from active duty within
the past 3 years.
There is no
minimum service requirement, but the individual must have served on
active duty, not active duty for training.
If you are selected for a VRA and have less than 15 years of
education, you must agree to participate in a training or
Level of Jobs That Can be Filled
Agencies can use the VRA authority to fill white collar positions up
through GS-11 and equivalent jobs under other pay systems.
Conditions of Employment
VRAs are in the excepted service. After 2 years of substantially
continuous service under a VRA appointment, provided your
performance has been satisfactory, your appointment may be converted
to the competitive service, i.e., a permanent appointment.
You should contact the Federal agency personnel office where you are
interested in working to find out about VRA opportunities. Agencies
recruit candidates and make VRAs directly.
For a list of local agency personnel offices, consult your telephone
directory under "U.S. Government" for the nearest location and