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Military spouses

If you're a military spouse, you may be eligible to apply using a non-competitive process designed to help you get a job in the federal government.


Federal agencies can use the military spouse non-competitive hiring process to fill positions on either a temporary or permanent basis.

You're eligible if you are:

  • A spouse of an active duty member of the armed forces.
  • A spouse of a service member who is 100% disabled due to a service-connected injury at the time of separation from military service.
  • A spouse of a service member killed while on active duty.

You are no longer eligible if you remarry.

You must meet certain criteria for each of these eligibility categories. Learn more about the specific criteria for military spouses.

Your eligibility does not entitle you to a job within the Federal Government. You must still apply and meet qualification standards and additional requirements, such as a background investigation.

How do I know a job is open to military spouses?

In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. When a job is open to Military Spouses you'll see this icon: There may be other groups listed that can also apply.

You can also select the Military spouses filter in search. Your results will display all jobs open to military spouses.

Documents you may need

    For example, a marriage certificate
  • DD 1300
    Report of Casualty

    Military spouses who are widows and widowers, and are not remarried, of military service members who were killed on active duty.

Upload and submit through USAJOBS

You can upload and save documents to your USAJOBS account. Once uploaded, you can submit these forms with your job application as needed. Sign into USAJOBS or learn how to upload documents.

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Military spouses

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