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As a member of the military, you understand the importance of a mission. Much like you, the workforce at NSA is proud, patriotic, and knows the importance of NSA’s commitment to keeping the Nation safe. If you are dedicated, educated, and mission-oriented, NSA has exciting career opportunities that fit your military training.
Whether you have retired or are transitioning into civilian life, you want to make sure your military benefits are part of a future career plan. NSA is committed to honoring your military service. Here’s how:
A new employee with at least three years of active duty military service would automatically go into a six hour leave category. This does not apply to retired military personnel. Retired military may get credit for some of their military service. However, service must have been performed in a war or military campaign and would have to be verified by the military branch in which you served.
Credit Toward Retirement
If you have prior active duty military service, you may be eligible for credit toward retirement. By paying three percent on your military earnings plus interest, you may be eligible for civilian credit for your military time, as well as early retirement. Interest starts to accrue on the amount owned two years after your entry on duty (EOD).
Visit our benefits page for more information about all of the incredible benefits you’ll receive at NSA, including flexible work hours and paid time off.
Veterans' Preference laws in hiring were created by Congress in order to prevent Veterans seeking Federal Employment from being penalized because of time spent in military service. Veterans' Preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment, and acknowledges the later obligation owed to disabled veterans.
At the National Security Agency, there is no delineation between the preference-eligible and non-preference eligible applicants. They compete equally for positions. Veterans' preference laws, however, do not guarantee Veterans a job. All applicants must satisfy all pre-employment processing requirements before a final job offer is extended by the National Security Agency. These laws do not give veterans' preference in internal agency actions such as promotion, transfer, reassignment, and reinstatement.
Anyone wishing to claim Veterans' Preference during the National Security Agency employment process must provide all required documentation upon request.
Types of Preference (and documentation necessary)
5-Point Veterans' Preference Eligibility
*A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980 must have served continuously for 24 months active duty, or the full period called or ordered to active duty.
10-Point Veterans' Preference Eligibility
Other Eligibility Requirements
As someone who is transitioning out of the military, the skills you learned while serving our country are beneficial to a career at NSA. NSA is looking for experienced professionals for the following exciting career fields:
To further enhance your career development, NSA offers a variety of specialized academic programs.
All applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
For more answers to your questions, please visit the FAQ section.
How to Apply
Applicants can expect the hiring process to include medical screening, a polygraph interview, drug test, and an extensive background investigation. Depending on your specific circumstances and the security clearances that must be obtained, this process may take six months to one year.
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 16, 2013 | Last Reviewed: Aug 16, 2013