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 People with Disabilities

The Navy and Marine Corps Team recognize that applicants have a right to full and fair consideration for job vacancies. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability in all aspects of the employment relationship to include terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The Rehabilitation Act also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, in order to enable an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities. The information below provides basic information about employee rights under various federal laws and regulations. Additional information may be found in the Resource Library.

 Available Hiring Authorities

Opportunities are open to individuals who meet proof of disability and certification requirements. Hiring authorities include:

Competitive Appointments. Many applicants with disabilities find employment through standard competitive procedures in the same manner as individuals without disabilities. See “How to Apply” and “Job Search” tabs at the top of the page.

Excepted Service Appointments. Excepted service authorities enable agencies to hire when it is not feasible or not practical to use traditional competitive hiring procedures, and can streamline hiring. One such authority, Schedule A, is used to hire people with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Such individuals may qualify for conversion to permanent (competitive) status after two years of satisfactory service.
Also see the publication: The ABCs of SCHEDULE A ( Schedule A) for Applicants with Disabilities

Student Employment Program “Pathways” is a Federal government program for students and recent graduates. Information on this program is available at Student Employment Program “Pathways”.

Veterans Appointments. There are a number of authorities available to assist veterans who are seeking or wish to change Federal employment including, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), 30% or More Disabled Veterans Program, and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) appointments.

Information at:

 Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for college students with disabilities is another opportunity for highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities to participate in summer internships or permanent federal positions. This program is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U. S. Department of Defense. WRP has provided employment opportunities to over 5,000 students since 1995. Information on WRP including eligibility requirements, training and developmental experience information, and application process are available at the official WRP website:

 Proof of Disability

Proof of disability documentation. For Schedule A appointments, documentation is required from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, etc., that issues or provides disability benefits. Following are examples of documents that may be used as proof:

  • Statements or letters on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead stationery.
  • Statements, records or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Statements, records or letters from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor.
  • Certification from a private vocational rehabilitation or other counselor that issues or provides disability benefits.

For an example of a Schedule A letter, please see the DON Sample here: DON Sample Schedule A Letter 2018