The term ‘Priority of Service’ refers to the specific rights that veterans and eligible spouses of veterans have in all employment and training services provided through the Department of Labor (DOL) funded public workforce system. Specifically, veterans and eligible spouses have the right to take precedence over a non-covered person in obtaining all employment and training services funded through DOL. Depending on the type of service, this may mean veterans and eligible spouses receive services earlier in time or instead of non-covered persons. Priority of Service applies to all employment and job training programs funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor.
A veteran who is eligible or spouse of an eligible veteran who is entitled to receive Priority of Service is a person who has served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released from service under any condition other than a dishonorable discharge. This definition includes Reserve united and National Guard units activated for Federal Service.
Service providers should have processes in place at the point of entry to the system to identify veterans and eligible spouses who are entitled to Priority of Service. Refer to the following Employment and Training Administration’s Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) and Training and Employment Notice (TEN) in the implementation of Priority of Service:
Feds Hire Vets is the single site for Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and Federal hiring officials. This site can assist frontline staff providing services to Veterans interested in obtaining Federal employment.
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The Employment and Training Administration partners with the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at the Department of Labor to provide services to Veterans, each year VETS provides an Annual Report to Congress. In the Annual Report VETS documents its activities for the year, including new initiatives as well as data related to priority of service in the public workforce system.
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This protocol was created by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) for implementing Priority of Service (POS) to veterans and their eligible spouses. This protocol provides technical assistance to the public workforce system at all levels, including American Job Centers, local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), State Workforce Agencies, and other targeted grant programs, to help them enact policies and procedures to ensure that POS is implemented fully and effectively for veterans and their eligible spouses. This protocol was released to the public workforce system in Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 15-10.
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