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The shipyard uses the Veteran's Recruitment Appointment authority to fill job openings. We have an ongoing need through the year for mechanics of various crafts, engineers, engineering technicians, and physical science technicians with shipboard experience.

Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority

The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can, if they wish, appoint eligible veterans without competition to positions at any grade level through General Schedule (GS) 11 or equivalent. (The promotion potential of the position is not a factor.) VRA appointees are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise in the competitive service. If the agency has more than one VRA candidate for the same job and one (or more) is a preference eligible, the agency must apply the veterans' preference procedures prescribed in 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 302 in making VRA appointments. A veteran who is eligible for a VRA appointment is not automatically eligible for veterans' preference. After two years of satisfactory service, the agency must convert the veteran to career or career-conditional appointment, as appropriate.

If you have reinstatement or VRA eligibility and meet the qualification requirements, you may apply directly to PHNSY & IMF for any of our job openings.

If you do not have reinstatement or VRA eligibility, apply through


Former Federal employees who previously attained career status; former Federal employees with veterans' preference who previously attained career-conditional status as a civilian employee in any Federal agency; OR former Federal career-conditional employees (without veterans' preference) who separated from Government service within the past three years are eligible to be reinstated. Supporting documentation is required: Copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50. 


Veterans' Recruitment Appointment:

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA): To be eligible, a veteran must have served in the Armed Forces on active duty (not active duty for training or inactive duty as a Reservist) and received other than a dishonorable discharge. The following veterans are eligible for VRA appointment:

  • Disabled veterans
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war 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 United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal (ASFM) was awarded; and
  • Recently separated veterans. Recently separated veterans are defined as those who have separated from active service within the last three years.

Supporting documentation: DD-214 member number four (4) copy showing type of discharge. Additionally, veterans claiming 10-point veterans' preference will need an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, and applicable supporting documents, as noted on the form.

NOTE: Veterans' preference information and forms may be located on web sites such as
www.opm.gov or www.dol.gov/vets


Click the links below to obtain additional information on veterans recruitment alternatives and entitlements



Crediting Post-1956 Military Service Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS) Retirement Benefits

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)
Retirement Benefits


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