Veterans & Military Spouses

Continue your service to the nation and put your military experience to work! If you are a veteran or military spouse, you may be eligible for preference in hiring or expedited hiring authorities. Veterans’ preference was established by Congress to recognize those who have served our country. Veterans’ preference does not guarantee a veteran a job.

If you are not sure of your Veteran eligibility, visit the Office of Personnel Management’s Vet Guide or America’s Veteran for more information about veterans’ preference, how Federal jobs are filled, and unique veteran appointing authorities designed to help you find a job. If you were wounded or became ill or injured while on active duty, there are many resources and programs designed to help with next steps as you transition into the civilian work force.

Non-competitive military spouse hiring was implemented to expedite the recruitment and selection of spouses of the Armed Forces for appointment to positions in the competitive service of the Federal civil service. This authority does not convey preference, but it does allow military spouses to apply for positions announced to internal candidates, and to be appointed when they have no other appointing eligibility.

Army Civilian Service (ACS) provides world-wide opportunities. Stay in your current field of work or explore a new career with ACS!

Veteran hiring brochure

Navigating Civilian Employment: Army Reference Guide for Military Spouses & Veterans

Direct Hire Authority for Veteran Candidates for STEM and Technician Positions

DEVCOM ARL seeks qualified Veterans who are willing to accept the reward of challenging Scientific, Technical, Engineering, And Mathematics (STEM) positions

Foundational Research Competencies

  • Biological and Biotechnology Sciences
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Sciences
  • Humans in Complex Systems
  • Military Information Sciences
  • Network, Cyber and Computational Sciences
  • Photonics, Electronics, and Quantum Sciences
  • Sciences of Extreme Materials
  • Terminal Effects
  • Weapons Sciences

Link here for competency details: What We Do – DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory


  • Adelphi, MD
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • White Sands Missile Range, NM
  • Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Boston, MA
  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA

Telework or remote work may be considered dependent on mission requirements of the position.

Link here for specific mission responsibilities at each locations: Who We Are – DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

How to Apply

Interested candidates with a bachelor’s or higher degree in a STEM discipline OR candidates with experience in a Technicians/Technical Career Path (e.g., Engineering Technicians, Physical Science Technicians, Electronics Technicians) that directly supports science and engineering activities should forward their application material via email to

Applicants should state their name, “Veteran”, and the Research Competency of interest (refer to above) in the subject line of the email as well as attach their resume and other supporting documentation. Applicants should also state in the body of the email the geographic locations for which applying. Applicants should include the following in their resume and application submission: (1) A detailed description of accomplished duties for each period/place of employment; (2) Start and end dates of each employment period in the MM/DD/YYYY format and scheduled work hours per pay period; (3) Unofficial transcripts, statement from registrar or equivalent documentation ensuring completion of requirements for specified degree; and (4) Veteran applicants should include a copy of their DD-214 Member 4 Copy. If eligible for a 10-point veterans’ preference, also attach an SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference) plus proof required by that form (i.e., letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating percentage of disability).

Do not include social security numbers and birth dates on any documentation submitted. Applications will be kept on file for 90 days and all supporting documentation becomes the property of the Department of the Army and will not be returned once submitted.

Additional Details

This is a public announcement and may be used to fill anticipated permanent, flexible-length renewable term, modified term, or temporary vacancies with a full-time or part-time work schedule at various locations in ARL as vacancies occur for the duration of this announcement. Flexible-length renewable term appointments are time-limited appointments of more than one year, but not to exceed six years in duration and may be extended without limit in up to six-year increments without further competition. A flexible-length renewable term appointment may be noncompetitively converted to a career appointment. A modified term appointment must be more than one year, but not to exceed five years in duration and may be extended one additional year. Modified term appointments are not renewable thereafter but may be noncompetitively converted to a career appointment.

Qualified candidates must meet the minimum standards for the position as defined in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s operating manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions; or ARL’s demonstration project qualification standards specific to the position to be filled; possess a bachelor’s or master’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in a field of scientific or engineering study directly related to the position for which applying; and meet any selective placement factor identified for the position to be filled.

Salary is set commensurate with selectee’s background, experience, geographical location of assigned duty station, and other considerations.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Must obtain and maintain at least a Secret level security clearance.
  • Position may be designated for drug testing.  The incumbent may be subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment and may participate in random drug testing.
  • Work may require occasional travel away from the normal duty station via military or commercial aircraft.
  • Position may require work outside normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Position may require completion of a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.
  • A three-year probationary period is required.
  • Supervisory positions require a one-year supervisory probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.

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