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FAQ

Welcome to our Questions & Answers (Q&A) Page. These questions were asked by those seeking information about employment opportunities in the Department of Defense (DOD). We will continue to add questions and post our answers as we receive them. If your question has not been answered, please do not hesitate to Ask Us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

1. If I am a civilian can I get a Government job?
2. How do I apply for Federal jobs with the Department of Defense?
3. How do I check on the status of a position I applied for?
4. When can I expect to hear from someone after I have applied for an announcement?
5. Whom can I contact if I am disabled?
6. I am a Veteran. How does Veterans Preference work?
7. How can I find out about job fair information?
8. Are there job opportunities for students?
9. Where can I find scholarship information?
10. Where can I get personal career advice?


Q1: If I am a civilian can I get a Government job?

A: Yes. The Department of Defense (DOD) employs nearly 800,000 civilians in non-military jobs. Civilians do challenging work and receive great rewards. One of these careers can be yours!

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Q2: How do I apply for Federal jobs with the Department of Defense?

A:

  1. On this website, click on Search for Jobs.
  2. Search the database for jobs that are of interest to you and are in a location where would like to work.
  3. Once you find a job of interest, read the announcement carefully and follow all instructions on who may apply and How to Apply.

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Q3: How do I check on the status of a position I applied for?

A: After you have successfully applied for a position on-line, the status of your application can be found in your Application History in your on-line account. You can also inquire about the status of your application by contacting the agency point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement.

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Q4: When can I expect to hear from someone after I have applied for an announcement?

A: Generally, you will hear back from the agency in about 15-30 days after the closing date of the announcement.  If not, please contact the point of contact listed in the vacancy announcement.

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Q5: Whom can I contact if I am disabled?

A: Each DOD agency has Selective Placement Program Coordinators that you may contact for assistance. A list of Selective Placement Program Coordinators can be found at http://apps.opm.gov/sppc_directory/searchlist.cfm

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Q6: I am a Veteran. How does Veterans Preference work?

A: See the Veteran's Preference page for detailed veteran's information.

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Q7: How can I find out about job fair information?

A: Contact local colleges and universities as well as the State employment office, and visit the calendar for DOD sponsored events.

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Q8: Are there job opportunities for students?

A: Yes. The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. For information, please visit: Pathways Programs.

As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics. Pathways Programs consist of:

  • Internship Program — Current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.
  • Recent Graduates Program — Individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program — The PMF Program is the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This program is for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years.

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Q9: Where can I find scholarship information?

A: Scholarships and fellowships provide assistance to high school and college students/graduates. To view DOD scholarships and fellowships available, click on links below:

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Q10: Where can I get personal career advice?

A: Contact the Defense Applicant Assistance Office (DAAO) at 1-888-DOD-4USA or dod.applicants@mail.mil.

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