Update to Priority Placement Program (2019)

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As I have always understood it..

Priority Placement among other soldier programs is kind of a ‘sign-up here, here’s this paperwork, do it’. Meaning little information is given and you have to work with what you’re given. So I’ve decided to give some background on the program and how the update has changed it’s utility (I think, for the better).

New Eligibility Requirements

  • You must reside in active duty spouse’s Permanent Duty Station (PDS)
  • Proof of  marriage to active duty spouse (marriage certificate/DoD privilege card)
  • Must meet all pre-employment criteria

Priority Placement was under the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. CPAC is basically the HR department for all civilian jobs. With Priority Placement in the past, you would need to sign up at your duty station’s CPAC office and they would assign an advisor who would help input your credentials into their hiring system. Also, you were only allotted a two-year window with the program.

Now or rather as of April 1st, you can skip the personnel office and submit your info directly into USAjobs. As stated by Air Force Maj Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokesperson “Spouses will be transitioned out of the PPP to application-based procedures established for all applicants applying through USAJOBS,” Also, there will no longer be a two year expiration on PP and you do not need to be relocated with your active duty spouse to qualify stated by the CHCO counsel listed here. 

Also, I received word that people who are still in the PPP system prior to the change may have received an email from a CPAC rep stating the program is ‘going away’. Please do not be discouraged by that email! It simply means, your PPP under CPAC is no longer a service. If you have any questions over career opportunities, resume, etc please contact your nearest ACS facility for guidance.

I personally could not find a working link for the Military Spouse Priority Placement Self-Certification Checklist, so please click below if you need that info.

After you’ve completed the checklist you will attach it with related documents on USAjobs. You will have to do this for each application you fill out on USAjobs. Also you can click here to download the update message sent to spouses who were in the CPAC system prior to the change and here for further instructions on how to apply PP to USAjobs.

Anyways, good luck with your job search and if you need help creating a federal resume check out this article!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback! Priority Placement is an important topic for us military spouses and it helped me attain a government job. I’m thankful for the program and I’m glad you enjoyed the read!


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