Become a PMF
To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the
eligibility requirements in Section 2108 of Title 5, United States
Code. For more information on veterans' preference and their
application in Federal employment refer to the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management's (OPM's) Vet Guide at
addition, veterans may visit FedsHireVets,
the one-stop resource for Federal veteran employment
During the PMF application process, applicants will be asked if
they can claim veterans' preference.
If claiming veterans' preference during the application process,
applicants should follow the instructions provided in the
announcement for submitting supporting documentation. Applicants
claiming veterans' preference may continue to submit supporting
documentation (e.g., letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs) after the application announcement closes, as identified
under the application timeline. To submit such documents after the
closing, use the Fax Cover Sheet to fax directly to us. The fax
cover sheet can be found under the Become A PMF\Resources webpage during the
The following are some Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) regarding veterans' preference and documentation:
1. What types of supporting information can be submitted
when claiming Veterans' Preference?
Applicants must submit information which documents the veteran's
dates of military service, separation under honorable conditions
and any service connected disability (if applicable). Acceptable
forms of supporting documentation include:
Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable
- DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active
- Honorable or general discharge certificate
- Certificate of transfer to Navy Fleet Reserve, Marine Corps
Fleet Reserve, or enlisted Reserve Corps
- Orders of transfer to retired list
- Report of separation from a branch of the Armed Forces
- Certificate of service or release from active duty, provided
honorable separation is shown
- Official statement from a branch of the Armed Forces showing
that honorable separation took place
- Official statement from the Military personnel records center
that official records show that that honorable separation took
Documentation of Service Connected disability -
Form (SF 15) application for 10-point Veterans' Preference
- An official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs or branch of the Armed Forces,
certifying to the present existence of the veteran's service
- An official citation, document, or discharge certificate,
issued by a branch of the Armed Forces, showing the award to the
veteran of the Purple Heart for wound or injuries received in
- An official statement or retirement orders from a branch of the
Armed Forces, showing that the retired service man was retried
because of permanent service connected disability or was
transferred to the permanent disability retirement list
- An official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that the veteran is
receiving a nonservice-connected disability pension
2. What is a DD-214?
A DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty",
is issued to military members upon separation from active service.
It contains information about the veteran's dates of military
service and separation.
3. I lost my DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge
from Active Duty, how can I obtain a copy?
A copy of the DD-214 and other military service records can be
obtained from the National Archives. Visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
for additional information.
4. What is the Standard Form (SF 15) application for
10-point Veterans' Preference?
The SF 15
is used by Federal Agencies and OPM examining offices to adjudicate
individuals' claims for veterans' preference in accordance with the
Veterans' Preference Act of 1994. The form also includes
5. Where can I find more information about
For more information on veterans' preference and their application
in Federal employment refer to the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management's (OPM's) Vet Guide at
In addition, veterans may visit FedsHireVets
, the one-stop
resource for Federal veteran employment information.
Finalists with Adjudicated Veterans'
The list of Finalists on the public PMF website will
indicate "Yes" for those Finalists whose veterans' preference claim
was favorably adjudicated. Only registered
agency users can view the preference categories for
If a Finalist is a veteran and he/she expresses an
interest in working for an agency, that agency must apply the
provisions of section 302 of Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations,
when selecting and appointing candidates. For purposes of the
PMF Program, "expresses an interest" means that the Finalist has
applied to an agency's posted announcement for consideration
for appointment to a specific position. This does
not mean an agency must contact each veteran on the list of
Each applicant pool is unique. The applicant
pool consists of those Finalists who applied for a posted
If the agency selects a non-veteran Finalist over a
preference eligible veteran Finalist it must prepare a written
justification as to why the veteran Finalist did not meet the
criteria for the position. Decisions must be qualifications driven
and based on the specific requirements detailed in the
position. The written justification accomplishes two
- Veteran Finalists are entitled, upon request, to obtain a copy
of the reasons they were passed over in favor of a non-veteran
Finalist. The written justification is intended to satisfy that
obligation and thus should be written with the expectation that the
veteran Finalist who was passed over may request to review it.
- Additionally, if OPM officials audit the agency's PMF process,
the written justification serves as documentation that veteran
Finalists who was part of the agency applicant pool for said
position received proper consideration.
Application of veterans' preference during the appointing
agency's selection process is the responsibility of the appointing
agency. All Federal Agencies are aware of veterans' preference and
must have procedures in place to consider in their selection
process. Veteran Finalists may review the Vets Guide for more