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The Department of Defense (DoD) is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the United States armed forces. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

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cobolt  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:00:55 AM(UTC)
cobolt

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Is there any disadvantage to leaving the GS system and taking a DCIPS position? I am still career-conditional, in that I have not yet been with the Feds for 3 years. On the other hand, I am a vet. I understand that DCIPS is excepted service, which is why I am giving the rundown on my career status. Should I accept the DCIPS position, it would be a promotion for me.
 
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fcarver  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:52:51 AM(UTC)
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Couple quick facts:

1) since you're a vet, you can come back to the competitive service using VRA/VEOA, etc later.

2) since you're leaving as career-conditional, you can use reinstatement rights to come back. technically those are only good for 3 years from the date you leave competitive service, BUT per 5 CFR they are extended day for day for each day you serve in the excepted service. So, as long as you're employed in the excepted service, your reinstatement rights are still good.

3) if you ever go back to competitive service later, as long as you don't have a break in service in between, all your excepted service time will count toward career status when you go back to the competitive service. This is called "Intervening Service".

So, I'd pick the best job for you. It's a promotion, that's good. Will you enjoy the job? Better/worse than current? Good location? etc etc. All the normal factors.

I wouldn't think that excepted service is any more risky as far as stability than competitive service. You just need to know the mission of the command you're going to to know if the job will stay around.

Good luck either way!
cobolt  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:04:47 AM(UTC)
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Thank you! Your response is very helpful!
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