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Veterans' Preference

CBP is committed to supporting the employment of veterans and provides a hiring preference to eligible veterans.

At the Department of Homeland Security Veterans Recruitment and hiring event CBP recruiters speak with veterans who expressed interest in the jobs available within the CBP team in Washington D.C.
At the Department of Homeland Security Veterans
Recruitment and hiring event CBP recruiters speak
with veterans who expressed interest in the jobs
available within the CBP team in Washington D.C.
Photo by James Tourtellotte.

Preference consists of giving qualified, eligible veterans and advantage over others when recruiting under competitive external procedures, i.e. announcements open to anyone in the general public. Depending on the position being filled, veteran applicants may be placed ahead of other candidates in a ranking category. 

CBP will provide preference at the point of selection to eligible veterans who were discharged or released from military service under honorable conditions and must be eligible under one of the preference categories listed on the Office or Personnel Management (OPM) website or on the Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action

To determine eligibility, please use the Department of Labor's Veteran Preference Advisor.

Claiming Veterans' Preference

To claim veterans' preference, you will be prompted to indicate that you are a veteran during your application in USAJOBS. When you indicate that you are a veteran, you will also be asked to upload supporting documentation, which varies based on the preference type that you are claiming.

  • 5-Point Preference: DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member 4 Copy
  • 10-Point Preference: DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member 4 Copy and supporting documentation as listed on Standard Form 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference. Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter dated 1991 or later.
  • Currently Serving on Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces: A Statement of Service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave, and that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions. If you submit a statement of service at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member 4 Copy upon separation from the military.
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