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Neil Armstrong: United States Navy, officer and aviator. John Glenn: U.S. Marine Corps, aviator. Buzz Aldrin: U.S. Air Force.
Most of the iconic names we know from the pantheon of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) share a common background: they’re all military veterans. And while modern day service members can’t top being the first astronaut to walk on the moon, they can use resources and initiatives currently in place to launch themselves into a career with the fabled agency.
It can be done — easiest — through a specific designation with the Veterans’ Preference program, a system based on points designed to give vets an edge in job placement for competitive openings (positions that are announced publicly to a job seeker pool).
For more information on these points and how they work, click here.
The aforementioned designation is being “10 point preference eligible” — which is any veteran who isn’t retired who has either a recognized service-connected disability or a Purple Heart.
According to NASA, vets with this option “will be automatically referred for the first position for which [they] qualify, if such a position is available within 90 days of your application.”
For more information on this option and how to exercise it, what documents and proof are needed, USAJobs’ role as well as the agency’s policy on late applications, click here.
For more on veteran careers and employment, click here.