Military spouses must contact the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) to schedule a counseling session to request registration into the Military Spouse Preference Program. Registration can only be completed by the CPAC.
Military spouses who are appointable to a position in the competitive service exercise their preference by registering in Program "S" of the DoD Priority Placement Program (PPP). After completing the registration process the Military spouse must follow the established procedures by applying to a specific vacancy announcement. Program "S" applies only for employment within the United States.
Spouses must be in one of the following categories to be appointable:
- A current Federal career/career-conditional employee
- Serving under a VRA or Schedule A handicapped appointment
- Have Reinstatement eligibility under Executive Order (EO) 12721, Eligibility of Overseas Employees for Non-competitive Appointment
- Have appointment eligibility under Executive Order (EO) 13473, Military Spouse
- Or, have competitive service eligibility based on employment under other merit systems.
Spouse preference eligibility begins 30 days prior to the sponsor's reporting date to the new duty station and continues until the spouse accepts or declines a continuing appropriated or non-appropriated fund position from any Federal agency in the commuting area or eligibility expires due to time restrictions for individual categories. Spouse preference eligibles must indicate whether they are interested in temporary positions. MSP eligibility for the Priority Placement Program (PPP) expires two years after the issue date of the Servicemember's PCS orders.
Spouses should ensure they have the following documents with them to register for preference:
- Copy of an SF-50 documenting current or previous appointment(s)
- Sponsor's PCS orders
-Copy of last performance appraisal, if current Federal employee. Performance/Conduct cannot be less than satisfactory
-EO 12721 paperwork showing eligibility (if returning from an overseas area, other than Alaska or Hawaii)
-DD 214, Member copy #4 or #2
-SF 15, if claiming 10 point preference and letter from the Veteran's Administration showing the percentage of disability
-Transcripts may be necessary if education requirements apply
-Licenses/certifications; if applicable