Many federal job announcements are open to the general public, which means anyone may apply for the job; however, most announcements require American citizenship for basic eligibility if you wish to start a federal career. If the vacancy is for Status Candidates only, it is most likely open only to federal government employees and Military Veterans or who are eligible for Veterans’ Preference points. Some are restricted to current agency employees only. Read the vacancy announcement carefully to determine eligibility during your federal job search.
Note that to receive Veterans Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 along with an VA-determined disability rating documentation, as applicable.