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Frequently Asked Questions Veterans

I am still on active duty, when can I start applying for a Federal job?

There are no regulations that dictate when a service member can apply for a position with the Federal Government. However, agencies typically will not adjudicate veterans’ preference unless the service-member has a DD-214 or "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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