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Government Branch Agencies & DoD Offices

 

Legislative Branch Judicial Branch Executive Branch
Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives Supreme Court Police Executive Office of the President
Sergeant at Arms of the Senate US Probation and Pretrial Services System United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Marshal of the United States Supreme Court United States Department of Commerce
Architect of the Capitol (AOTC) Administrative Office of the United States Courts United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Capitol Visitor Center Federal Judicial Center United States Department of Education
United States Botanic Garden Judicial Conference of the United States United States Department of Energy
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation United States Department of Health and Human Services
Government Accountability Office (GAO) United States Sentencing Commission United States Department of Homeland Security
Government Publishing Office (USGPO) Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
USGPO Police Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces United States Department of the Interior
Library of Congress (LOC) Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit United States Department of Justice
Global Legal Information Network United States Tax Court United States Department of Labor (DOL)
Library of Congress Police Court of Federal Claims United States Department of State (DOS)
Congressional Research Service Court of International Trade United States Department of Transportation
United States Copyright Office US Bankruptcy Courts United States Department of the Treasury
Office of Compliance   United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Capitol Police Board    
United States Capitol Police (USCP)    

 

 

 

 

 

United States Department of Defense (DoD) 
United States Secretary of Defense
Unified Combatant Commands
United States Africa Command
United States Central Command
United States Northern Command
United States European Command
United States Pacific Command
United States Forces Korea
United States Southern Command
United States Special Operations Command
United States Strategic Command
United States Cyber Command
United States Transportation Command
National Defense Library
National Intelligence University
National War College
Joint Forces Command
US Fleet Forces Command
Joint Forces Staff College
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Joint Military Intelligence College
Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Office of Servicemember Affairs
Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Domestic Security Alliance Council
Defense Business Board
Information Security Automation Program
Defense Innovation Advisory Board
Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
Reserve Forces Policy Board
Naval Research Advisory Committee
Information Resource Management College
National Defence University
Defense Acquisition University
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)
DOD Test Resource Management Center (DODTRMC)
Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA)
Office of International Affairs
Office of Defense Statistics
Administrative Review Board
All Partners Access Network
Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization
Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization
United States Security Assistance Organizations (USSAO)
National Codification Bureau (NCB)
Military Operations Research Society (MORS)
DOD Office of the Inspector General
Department of the Army
United States Army
Office of Statistics
Office of Security
Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Reserve
US Army Corrections Command
Army Institute of Heraldry
Picatinny Arsenal
Department of the Navy
United States Navy
US Naval Academy
US Naval Academy Police
US Navy Library
US Navy Emergency Management
Underwater Archaeology Branch, Naval History & Heritage Command
Marine Corps (USMC)
USMC Library
US Marine Corps Emergency Management
Department of the Air Force
United States Air Force
USAF Police
USAF Library
US Air Force Emergency Management
USAF Security Forces
Air Force Reserve
US Air Force Reserve Command
Office of Intelligence
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCoS)
Office of Emergency Management
National Guard Bureau (NG Bureau)
Air National Guard (ANG)
Army National Guard (ARNG)
State National Guards (including Army and Air)
United States Cyber Command (USCC)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
Defense Security Service (DSS)
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
NSA Police
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)
Defense Media Activity (DMA)
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPMAA)
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
US Defense Emergency Management Agency (USDEMA)
US Defense Security Office (USDSO)
US Department of Defense Police (USDODP)
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DODDS)
Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA)
Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Washington Headquarters Services (WHS)
United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA)

 


What Is the Federal Government’s Recruitment Process?

 

  • First and foremost, you need to go to the Federal Government Job website and create your USAJOBS profile. Having a profile with the Federal Government is highly convenient, because it will allow you to browse available job opportunities, save the jobs that look interesting to you, automate your job searches, and check the status of your application once it has been submitted. You will also need the job profile to complete your application and attach your résumé and other required documents.
  • After you click the “Apply” button, you can start your application process. It consists of 5 steps, culminating in attaching your résumé and your cover letter. Unlike other recruitment websites, the Federal Government allows you to review, update, or even delete your information, after you have submitted your documents. Do not worry about losing the changes you make in your profile. They will be automatically updated.
  • Once your application is complete, it will be redirected to the agency system. Depending on the position for which you are applying, you may be asked to complete additional documents or fill in a questionnaire. Check out the status of your application: once the agency receives it, its status will be changed to “Received.”  
  • After the deadline for the application, when the announcement for the position has been closed, the agency will start reviewing received applications. It needs to ascertain that you are qualified for the position for which you applied. Then, the agency will divide received applications into categories. Applications placed in the highest category will be sent to the hiring official. If your application is included in this category, its status will be updated to “Referred.” If your application is not selected, you will see the words “Not Referred” written in your application profile.
  • When hiring managers receive applications form the agency, they study them and weed out those candidates whom they still deem unpromising. Those who seem a good fit for the role become shortlisted for interviews. Depending on your prospective role, you may be invited for different types of the interview. The first interview is conducted either on the phone or skype. Face-to-face interviews can take the form of a panel. That is, you may speak to a hiring recruiter and your prospective manager. Or you may have a conversation simultaneously with Human Resources managers, your future managers, team leaders, and your prospective colleagues. Get ready to answer question about your past working experience and motivations for working for the US Federal Government. Your recruiters may also ask you competency-based and situational questions. Your answers may be timed. You are advised to learn about the Federal Government and the requirements for your position.
  • Another stage of your pre-employment assessment is a test. What test you will be required to take depends on your position. You may be asked to pass the ASVAB tests or the USPS tests, or the Numerical, Verbal, and Abstract Reasoning Tests, or the Personality Assessment, among others. If you are applying for technical positions, you will be asked to take the IT test. The tests may be offered to you either prior or after your initial phone or skype interview or between the rounds of your face-to-face interviews. Succeeding on these difficult tests are easy only if you practice before your official testing. If the first time when you see these tests is on your examination, you will most probably fail them. Do not put your employment at the Federal Government in jeopardy by coming to your examination unprepared. Practice with our exclusive test simulations and interview tips and make a lasting impression on the Federal Government’s recruiters.
  • If you receive high scores on your test and impress your interviewers, you will be contacted to start the job offer process. Rejected candidates will receive the “Not Selected” notification.
  • Once you accept a tentative job offer from the Federal Government, the agency will investigate your background. You may also be required to pass a security check. If the background and security checks come clean, you will be given a final job offer.   

 


 

A Recruitment Process at the US Department of Defense

 

If you are applying for the positions at the Defense Department, trying to join the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marines, or US Coast Guard, your recruitment assessment will be slightly different. You will need to have not only the right education and training but to be physically fit. Your eye refraction level, for example, should be no worse than +8.0 or -8.0. For those who want to be pilots, vision requirements are even stricter. Nor should candidates aspiring to join the Federal Government’s Defense Department have visible tattoos, covering over 25% of the body. Criminal records may also negatively affect your eligibility for roles in the Defense Department. Even a minor breach of the law such as a traffic ticket may disqualify you from the employment.

 

Tests offered to you if you are applying for a position at the Defense Department are also different. To ascertain whether you qualify for any military position, recruiters will most probably ask you to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) entrance test. It is a multiple-choice exam comprising several tests. Depending on your sought-for position, you will be required to pass some of the following tests:

 

  • General Science (GS) – 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) – 16 questions in 39 minutes
  • Word Knowledge (WK) – 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC) – 11 questions in 22 minutes
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK) – 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Electronics Information (EI) – 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Automotive and Shop Information (AS) – 11 questions in 7 minutes
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC) – 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Assembling Objects (AO) – 30 questions in 40 minutes

 

If you have a high school diploma, you must achieve the minimum qualifying score of 36 AFQT (overall score). If you have a GED, you must have a minimum of 65 AFTQ.

 

 

Passing the ASVAB entrance test is not an easy feat. Not only are questions posed on it difficult but also a time limit given to answer these questions is excessively short. You do not want to lose your chances of working at the US Department of Defense by coming to your examination without preliminary preparation. Practice with our resources and ensure that you become recruited at the DOD to defend the security of the country.

 

 

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