Form SF-15 "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference"

What Is SF-15?

Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, is a legal document needed to claim a 10-point veteran preference. Then, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determines if the applicant meets the requirements to receive this preference. This is a document for veterans (military retirees and individuals who have been honorably or generally discharged) and relatives of these veterans only.

Alternate Name:

  • Standard Form 15

This form was released by the OPM and the latest version of the form was issued in October 2013 with all previous editions obsolete. You can download a free fillable SF-15 through the link below.

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What Is SF-15 Used For?

Veterans may have an edge in getting a civil service job using the preference points and veteran's recruitment appointment rule.

This preference applies to hiring from civil service examinations. First of all, to claim the preference, you must be a veteran who has served and was discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions. Ten points are added to the passing examination score of any eligible individual:

  • You have served and have a present service-connected disability;
  • You have served and receive compensation, pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or disability retirement benefits;
  • You have received a Purple Heart;
  • You are an unmarried spouse of a deceased eligible veteran;
  • You are a spouse of an eligible veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability;
  • You are a parent of an eligible veteran who is permanently disabled or died in service.

The SF-15 Form is used to apply for this preference along with the supporting documentation.

How to Fill Out SF-15?

Form SF-15 instructions are as follows:

  1. Write down the full name and home address of the person applying for the preference.
  2. Provide the veteran information - full name, the branch of service, and period of service. If applicable, add the date of separation or release from the active duty.
  3. Indicate the type of 10-point veteran preference you want to claim. You have to answer the questions associated with each claim - whether you are currently married to the veteran, have you ever remarried, is your spouse totally and permanently disabled, etc. Depending on the basis of your claim, you will be asked to attach certain documents listed on the second page of the form.
  4. State the veteran's present occupation or military occupation at the time of separation. Specify if the veteran has been employed by the federal civil service identifying the position, agency, and dates of employment. If the veteran has resigned, separated, or been disqualified from a position because of a service-connected disability, submit the related documents. If the veteran receives a civil service retirement pension, answer yes in the appropriate box.

You may attach the following documents to the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference:

  • Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty;
  • Separation and retirement orders;
  • Documents that establish transfers to the reserve corps;
  • Official statements from the military personnel records center;
  • Official statements from the VA certifying the service-connected disability or a disability pension;
  • Official certificate showing the award of a Purple Heart;
  • Documentation of a veteran's death - certified copy of the death certificate, and DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty;
  • Statements from the physicians showing the percentage of the disability;
  • Documents that prove the veteran's inability to work due to the service-connected disability;
  • Court decree of the annulment of remarriage.

Where Do I Send My SF-15?

Certain disabled veterans, veterans who have served on active duty, and their closest relatives are entitled to preference over non-veterans in hiring from competitive lists. Note that the entitlement to veterans' preference does not guarantee you a job but SF-15 can give you an advantage in the hiring process. Submit Standard Form 15 to the agency where you are applying for federal employment along with the supporting documentation and job application.

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APPLICATION FOR 10-POINT VETERAN PREFERENCE
(TO BE USED BY VETERANS & RELATIVES OF VETERANS)
Form Approved:
O.M.B. No. 3206-0001
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
PERSON APPLYING FOR PREFERENCE
1. Name (Last, First, Middle)
2. Home address (Street Number, City, State and ZIP Code)
VETERAN INFORMATION (to be provided by person applying for preference)
3. Veteran's name (Last, First, Middle) exactly as it appears on Service Records
4. Periods of service
Branch of service
Date entered active duty
Date Separated or Released from Active Duty (if applicable)
TYPE OF 10-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE CLAIMED
Instructions: Check the block indicating your veterans’ preference claim. Answer any questions associated with a block. The Required Documentation column refers you to information provided on
the back of this form regarding the types of documents that are acceptable proof of your claim for preference. (Please note that eligibility for veterans’ preference is governed by 5 U.S.C. 2108,
2108a, and 5 CFR part 211. All conditions are not fully described on this form due to space restrictions.
Required Documentation
(See reverse of this form.)
5. Veterans' preference based on non-compensable service-connected disability; award of
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ---- -- →
the Purple Heart; or receipt of disability pension under public laws administered by the
A and B
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
6. Veterans' preference based on a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ---- -- →
A and C
more as determined by the DVA or disability retirement from a Military Service Department.
Yes
No
a. Are you currently married to the
7. Veterans' preference for a living veteran's spouse based on the fact that the veteran,
veteran? If No, you are not eligible
because of a service-connected disability, has been unable to qualify for a Federal
C and H
for preference.
Government job, or any other position.
a. Were you married to the veteran at
the time of death? If No, you are
8. Veterans' preference for a veteran's widow or widower.
not eligible for preference.
A, D, E, and G
(Submit G when applicable.)
b. Have you ever remarried? (Do not
count annulments.) If Yes, you are
not eligible for preference
a. Are you married?
9. Veterans' preference for a mother of a veteran who has a service-connected disability
Disabled Veteran
that is permanent and totally disabling, or who is deceased provided you are or were
C, F, and H
married to the veteran's father and
b. Are you separated? If Yes, go to
• your husband is totally and permanently disabled;
question D.
• you are widowed, divorced, or separated from the veteran's father and have not remarried;
c. Is your husband totally and
Deceased Veteran
or
permanently disabled?
A, D, E, and F
• you are widowed or divorced from the veteran's father and have remarried, but are now
d. Did the veteran die on active duty?
widowed, divorced, or separated from the husband of your remarriage.
If No to C or D, you are not eligible
for preference.
PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT
The Veterans' Preference Act of 1944 authorizes the collection of this information. The information will be used, along with any accompanying documentation to determine whether you are
entitled to 10-point veterans' preference. This information may be disclosed to: (1) the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the appropriate branch of the Armed Forces to verify your claim; (2)
a court, or a Federal, State, or local agency for checking on law violations or for other related authorized purposes; (3) a Federal, State, or local government agency, if you are participating in
a special employment assistance program; or (4) other Federal, State, or local government agencies, congressional offices, and international organizations for purposes of employment
consideration, e.g., if you are on an Office of Personnel Management or other list of eligibles Failure to provide any part of the information may result in a ruling that you are not eligible for
10-point veterans' preference.
Public burden reporting for this collection of information is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to OPM Forms Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C. 20415; The OMB Number, 3206-0001, is currently
valid. OPM may not collect this information and you are not required to respond, unless this number is displayed.
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APPLICATION FOR 10-POINT VETERAN PREFERENCE
(TO BE USED BY VETERANS & RELATIVES OF VETERANS)
Form Approved:
O.M.B. No. 3206-0001
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
PERSON APPLYING FOR PREFERENCE
1. Name (Last, First, Middle)
2. Home address (Street Number, City, State and ZIP Code)
VETERAN INFORMATION (to be provided by person applying for preference)
3. Veteran's name (Last, First, Middle) exactly as it appears on Service Records
4. Periods of service
Branch of service
Date entered active duty
Date Separated or Released from Active Duty (if applicable)
TYPE OF 10-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE CLAIMED
Instructions: Check the block indicating your veterans’ preference claim. Answer any questions associated with a block. The Required Documentation column refers you to information provided on
the back of this form regarding the types of documents that are acceptable proof of your claim for preference. (Please note that eligibility for veterans’ preference is governed by 5 U.S.C. 2108,
2108a, and 5 CFR part 211. All conditions are not fully described on this form due to space restrictions.
Required Documentation
(See reverse of this form.)
5. Veterans' preference based on non-compensable service-connected disability; award of
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ---- -- →
the Purple Heart; or receipt of disability pension under public laws administered by the
A and B
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
6. Veterans' preference based on a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ---- -- →
A and C
more as determined by the DVA or disability retirement from a Military Service Department.
Yes
No
a. Are you currently married to the
7. Veterans' preference for a living veteran's spouse based on the fact that the veteran,
veteran? If No, you are not eligible
because of a service-connected disability, has been unable to qualify for a Federal
C and H
for preference.
Government job, or any other position.
a. Were you married to the veteran at
the time of death? If No, you are
8. Veterans' preference for a veteran's widow or widower.
not eligible for preference.
A, D, E, and G
(Submit G when applicable.)
b. Have you ever remarried? (Do not
count annulments.) If Yes, you are
not eligible for preference
a. Are you married?
9. Veterans' preference for a mother of a veteran who has a service-connected disability
Disabled Veteran
that is permanent and totally disabling, or who is deceased provided you are or were
C, F, and H
married to the veteran's father and
b. Are you separated? If Yes, go to
• your husband is totally and permanently disabled;
question D.
• you are widowed, divorced, or separated from the veteran's father and have not remarried;
c. Is your husband totally and
Deceased Veteran
or
permanently disabled?
A, D, E, and F
• you are widowed or divorced from the veteran's father and have remarried, but are now
d. Did the veteran die on active duty?
widowed, divorced, or separated from the husband of your remarriage.
If No to C or D, you are not eligible
for preference.
PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT
The Veterans' Preference Act of 1944 authorizes the collection of this information. The information will be used, along with any accompanying documentation to determine whether you are
entitled to 10-point veterans' preference. This information may be disclosed to: (1) the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the appropriate branch of the Armed Forces to verify your claim; (2)
a court, or a Federal, State, or local agency for checking on law violations or for other related authorized purposes; (3) a Federal, State, or local government agency, if you are participating in
a special employment assistance program; or (4) other Federal, State, or local government agencies, congressional offices, and international organizations for purposes of employment
consideration, e.g., if you are on an Office of Personnel Management or other list of eligibles Failure to provide any part of the information may result in a ruling that you are not eligible for
10-point veterans' preference.
Public burden reporting for this collection of information is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to OPM Forms Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C. 20415; The OMB Number, 3206-0001, is currently
valid. OPM may not collect this information and you are not required to respond, unless this number is displayed.
Standard Form 15
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DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED - READ CAREFULLY
Please submit photocopies of documents because they will not be returned.
A. Documentation of Service and Separation.
For spouses and mothers of disabled veterans, who checked item 7 or
9, submit the following:
Any official document or statement from the Armed Forces showing
separation, discharge or release from active duty is under honorable
An official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of
conditions (Honorable or General Discharge). Note: Only the branch of
Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying:
service in which the individual served can certify active duty service
• the present existence of the veterans service-connected disability;
was performed “Under Honorable Conditions.” Such documents
include, but are not limited to:
• the percentage and nature of the service-connected disability or
disabilities (including the combined percentage); and
• DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”
• a notation as to whether or not the service-connected disability is
• Retirement or separation orders
rated as permanent and total.
• Documents showing transfer to any of the reserve corps of the Armed
Forces
D. Documentation of Veteran's Death
• Certification: any written document from the armed forces that certifies
• If death occurred while not on active military duty, submit certified
the service member is expected to be discharged or released from
copy of death certificate.
active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not
• When a veteran dies on active duty, the family does not receive a DD
later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Form 214; the family receives a DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, on
• Official statement from military personnel records center
which there is no place to record the character of service. Thus, when
a veteran dies on active duty, his or her service should be presumed to
B. Documentation of Non-Compensable Service-Connected Disability
be under honorable conditions unless the military service specifically
(less than 10%); Purple Heart, and Nonservice-Connected Disability
indicates otherwise.
Pension. Such documents include, but are not limited to:
• An official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of
E. Documentation of Service or Death During a War, in a Campaign or
Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the
Expedition for which a Campaign Badge is Authorized, or During
present existence of the veteran's service-connected disability of less
the Period Authorized, or During the Period of April 28, 1952
than 10%.
through July 1, 1955.
• An official citation, document, or discharge certificate, issued by a
Submit documentation of service or death during a war or during the
branch of the Armed Forces, showing the award to the veteran of the
period April 28, 1952, through July 1,1955, or during a campaign or
Purple Heart.
expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized.
•. An official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of
F. Documentation of Deceased or Disabled Veteran's Mother's Claim
Veterans Affairs, certifying that the veteran is receiving a nonservice-
for Preference because of Her Husband's Total and Permanent
connected disability pension.
Disability.
C. Documentation of Compensable Service-Connected Disability
Submit a statement from husband's physician showing the prognosis
(10% or more). Such documents include, but are not limited to:
of his disease and percentage of his disability.
• An official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of
G. Documentation of Annulment of Remarriage by Widow or Widower
Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that
of Veteran.
the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.
• An official document or retired orders from a branch of the Armed
Submit either:
Forces, showing that the veteran was retired due to a service-
connected disability or has been transferred to a Disability Retirement
• Certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs that entitlement to
List with a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more.
pension or compensation was restored due to annulment; or
• A certified copy of the court decree of annulment.
H. Documentation of Veteran's Inability to Work Because of a Service-
Connected Disability.
Answer questions 1-7 below:
2. If currently working, what is the veteran's present occupation?
1. Is the veteran currently working? If No, go to Item 3.
Yes
No
3. What was the veteran's occupation, if any, before military service?
4. What was the veteran's military occupation
at the time of separation?
Yes
5. Has the veteran been employed, or is he/she now employed, by the Federal civil service or D.C. Government?
No
A. Title and Grade of position most recently, or currently, held B. Name and address of agency
C. Dates of employment
:
To
From:
6. Has the veteran resigned from, been disqualified for, or separated from a position in the Federal civil service or D.C. Government
along the lines of his/her usual occupation because of service-connected disability?
Yes
No
If Yes, submit documentation of the resignation, disqualification, or separation.
7. Is the veteran receiving a civil service retirement pension?
Yes
No
If Yes, give the Civil Service annuity (CSA) or Federal employee retirement annuity number.
CSA#
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