Crossing Over: From Military to Civil Service
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Our 36,000 civilian employees are delivering positive impacts for today and tomorrow. We offer challenging professional, technical, and administrative opportunities in the U.S. and abroad—each building on a strong tradition of public service extending back more than 200 years.
Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
- VRA is an excepted authority that allows agencies, to appoint eligible veterans without competition. Eligible candidates are in receipt of a campaign badge for service or Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation or recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) and separated under honorable conditions.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (VEOA)
- VEOA is a special hiring authority, which gives eligible Veterans access to positions that otherwise may have only been available to current competitive service employees. Applicable candidates have an eligible preference or a veteran who completed 3 or more years of active service.
Direct Hire Authority (DHA)
- DHA is a hiring authority that gives a Federal agency the ability to fill vacancies when a critical hiring need or severe shortage of candidates exists without regard to sections of title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.). Some of the ways that DHA expedites the hiring process is by eliminating the need to post job announcements on USAJOBS.
Explore More USACE Career Opportunities