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j2huggies  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:17:21 PM(UTC)
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I called up to Aberdeen Proving Ground HR and asked if they had any Law Enforcement openings coming up, well, turns out they had some stuff that they hadn't posted yet. I told them I was a Veteran, former federal civilian (x2), and 30% disabled. I got a job offer straight up from the DES as a Guard... ok, ok... the Guard job isn't the best, BUT, they gave me an advanced pay rate. I was a GS-6 Step 2 (37,823) in SC... they got me up to GS-5 Step 6 (Washington DC/Baltimore area) at 42,331!
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:47:00 PM(UTC)
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I called up to Aberdeen Proving Ground HR and asked if they had any Law Enforcement openings coming up, well, turns out they had some stuff that they hadn't posted yet. I told them I was a Veteran, former federal civilian (x2), and 30% disabled. I got a job offer straight up from the DES as a Guard... ok, ok... the Guard job isn't the best, BUT, they gave me an advanced pay rate. I was a GS-6 Step 2 (37,823) in SC... they got me up to GS-5 Step 6 (Washington DC/Baltimore area) at 42,331!


Congratulations! Nothing wrong with starting (restarting) in lower or less prestigious positions. You can almost always move up somewhere.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:05:45 AM(UTC)
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#4 Posted : Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:44:34 PM(UTC)
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Perfect example of non-competitive hiring. Congrats!
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#5 Posted : Friday, October 13, 2017 10:38:57 AM(UTC)
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I called up to Aberdeen Proving Ground HR and asked if they had any Law Enforcement openings coming up, well, turns out they had some stuff that they hadn't posted yet. I told them I was a Veteran, former federal civilian (x2), and 30% disabled. I got a job offer straight up from the DES as a Guard... ok, ok... the Guard job isn't the best, BUT, they gave me an advanced pay rate. I was a GS-6 Step 2 (37,823) in SC... they got me up to GS-5 Step 6 (Washington DC/Baltimore area) at 42,331!


Congratulations! Nothing wrong with starting (restarting) in lower or less prestigious positions. You can almost always move up somewhere.



Yes, but the funny thing is, the pay is way more than the starting for that series and what I was previously making as a 6!
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#6 Posted : Friday, October 13, 2017 1:01:59 PM(UTC)
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That's because the Locality Pay is much higher there than in SC. You will be horrified at what you have to pay for a decent place to live in the D.C. area.
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#7 Posted : Monday, October 16, 2017 8:07:32 PM(UTC)
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I also have the Hiring Authority reviewing my application for a non compete for a VA Police Officer
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#8 Posted : Monday, October 16, 2017 10:15:18 PM(UTC)
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I'm very happy for you but... ouch!

Living anywhere near DC on that kind of income is going to be real hard, I hope you have a second income in the household. With all of the deductions I take home 59.7% of my gross pay. I know it can be done, but the difference between DC and SC is staggering.

Best wishes.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:49:52 AM(UTC)
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I'll echo what others are saying on the cost of living. That salary might sound nice in SC but it's a different world here. Where I live in northern VA, I think houses start around $450K. I haven't rented an apartment in a long time but my wife's friend from out of state was batting around the idea of moving here and renting. I think she was finding low end apartments starting around $1500/month for efficiencies. Good luck!
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