Does Anyone Have a Cross Walk
between My Military Job Title and Federal Job Titles?
I will be mustering out of the military in June, after six years in the Air
Force. I would like to obtain a Federal job that would allow me to use my
military experience. I am currently in communications. Does the Federal
government hire former military personnel for this type of job? How can I find a
cross walk between military and Federal job titles. Will my military experience
give me an edge over other applicants?
Also, what is the average salary for this type of position? Finally, how do I
locate these job openings?
Randolf AFB, TX
You have done well to consider Federal employment as a good opportunity for
ex-military personnel. Your military service may well give you a preference in
hiring. And, in addition, your military job experience will almost certainly
help you qualify for many positions.
The first step in any Federal job search applies equally well to candidates with
military backgrounds as it does to everyone else. Step one is to determine the
Federal job titles for which you qualify. Federal job titles may or may not be
similar to military or civilian job titles.
Information published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) can be
very helpful in this task. “Occupations of Federal White-Collar and Blue-Collar
Workers” published by OPM is a good resource. You can obtain it on-line. Here’s
the url for white-collar jobs:
. Use this for blue collar jobs
There are several occupations in the communications field open to a candidate
with appropriate military experience. These Federal job titles include:
Wire Communications Cable
Wire Communications Equipment
Telecommunications Interference Specialist GS-0392-09
Telecommunications Manager/Specialist GS -0391-05-15
Telecommunications Technician GS-0392-07/09
Telephone Control Coordinator GS-0303-05
General Communications GS 2001-02/13
Communications Program Mgmt. GS 2003-05/15
Communications Clerical and Tech GS 2005-02/13
Communications Cataloging GS
Logistics Assistance Clerk GS-0303-02/13
Logistics Management Specialist GS-0346-05/15
As you can see from the wide WG or GS spread these jobs occur at entry level
through middle and in some cases upper management. Your military experience
would help you qualify above entry level.
How To Find Openings
Military personnel who are mustering out and looking for Federal positions
should first contact their installation’s civilian personnel office and seek
help from a staffing specialist there. Candidates should also scan the Federal
Jobs Nationwide section of Federal Jobs Digest for current vacancies. Contacting
individual Agencies in the geographic area of interest may also produce leads.
The Agencies with the greatest number of employees in the communications field
are the Department of Defense Agencies, State, and Treasury. However, these jobs
occur in all Agencies.
Candidates can also contact their local Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for
more information on openings. The OPM may be able to supply a list of Agencies
in a specific geographic area—a metro or state—that hire in the job titles of
interest to the candidate. OPM addresses can be
Regarding the question of salary. Every Vacancy Announcement lists the salary
range offered. Also the OPM Classifications discussed above, list the grade
levels associated with the positions. The OPM provides
on-line salary tables
Any veteran who leaves the military with an honorable discharge is eligible
for either Veterans Preference points or an advantage over other applicants
through the Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA). The purpose of this program is to
give Veterans a competitive advantage. More details on this program may also be
To submit questions to the Federal Jobs Advisor, write to: Federal Jobs
Advisor, Federal Jobs Digest, 1503 Radcliff Court, Newtown Square PA 19073. We
regret that not all questions may be answered. •