Let’s look at the facts in DoD Instruction 1402.01, instead of listening to the opinions of the uninformed…
FACT 1: The policy applies to all non-appropriated and appropriated fund civilian positions in the competitive and excepted service, senior executive service and senior level positions, and scientific and professional positions. The policy also includes all permanent, temporary, term, part-time, flexible and intermittent positions.
FACT 2: ONLY applies to a member or former member of the Armed Forces who is entitled to retired, retirement, or retainer pay.
FACT 3: Retired members of the Armed Forces have a right to seek and be considered for Federal civilian employment. Such consideration shall be extended equitably and in compliance with merit system principles, which require that selection and advancement be determined solely on the basis of relative ability, knowledge, and skills after fair and open competition, ensuring that all applicants receive equal opportunity.
FACT 4: Full consideration shall be given to eligible and qualified DoD career and career conditional employees when appointing a retired member of the Armed Forces within 180 days of retirement.
FACT 5: The initiation of a recruitment action shall not be delayed nor shall a vacancy announcement be held open for the sole purpose of providing a retiring member of the Armed Forces a preferential opportunity to apply for or be appointed to a position.
FACT 6: Appointments or transfers of retired members of the Armed Forces to positions in any DoD Component during the 180 days immediately following retirement may be made under certain conditions.
FACT 7: Each appointment of a retired member of the Armed Forces during the 180-day period following retirement from active duty must comply with the spirit and intent of the law and this Instruction.
FACT 8: Why was the 180 day requirement reinstated? The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), relying on information from a United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) report on Veteran Hiring in the Civil Service: Practices and Perceptions, states that the purpose of it was to ensure that retired military members were not given civil service positions for reasons other than merit, a practice that can, over time, lead to unhealthy results for the civil service, and more immediately undermine long-standing merit principles that seek to ensure the most-qualified individuals are considered for federal employment.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
FACT 1: All military members, including retirees, can apply to federal jobs within the 180 period following retirement!
FACT 2: If a military retiree is selected for employment, it is the responsibility of the DoD Hiring Agency to comply with the spirit and intent of the Law and DoDI 1402.01.
FACT 3: The federal government hiring process normally takes 180 or more to hire applicants external to their organization.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
All military personnel, including military retirees, should apply to federal jobs during and immediately after their military transition!
Don’t wait 180 days to apply, Apply Now!