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Participants in the Warrior Training Advancement Course, or WARTAC, will gain a long-term quality career opportunity with the federal government with endless advancement possibilities and a mission of service to the country and fellow Veterans.

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Who we are and what we do

Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC) is a skill-bridge education and employment opportunity for Wounded Warriors and transitioning Servicemembers to complete a national-level VBA training program while still on active duty. Successful completion of this training program leads to an employment opportunity at one of 55 VBA Regional Offices around the country.

Participants learn the skill set of a rating Veteran service representative (RVSR) or Veteran service representative (VSR). The duration of the VSR class is 6 weeks and the duration of the RVSR class is 11 weeks.


Reasons to Consider WARTAC

  • Long-term career opportunities with endless advancement opportunities.
  • Quality career opportunity with a mission of service to country and fellow Veterans.
  • Allows potential employees to “test drive” VA as an employer to ensure suitability.
  • Answers the “what’s next” question by providing a career opportunity with the federal government, reducing Veteran homelessness and unemployment rates.


WARTAC is open to transitioning Service members who have 180-days or less left in service. Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) is an excepted authority that allows agencies to appoint WARTAC graduates into VBA positions. Transition Programs


To qualify for these positions, applicants must meet the following requirements by the announcement’s closing date. Please see your transition manager if you are unsure whether you meet the criteria or need resume assistance.

WARTAC Mandatory Briefing

You must attend a mandatory briefing before applying for a cohort. You must complete the briefing no later than 60 days before the desired cohort start date. 

The briefing covers frequently asked questions and provides further details on the application process. 

Sign up for a WARTAC - Mandatory Brief

Rating Veteran Service Representative GS-09/12

Cohort Position Details


  • Analyzes claims to determine if diseases and/or injuries were incurred or aggravated by military service in the line of duty for purposes of VA benefits.
  • Determine service-connection percentages of claimed disabilities.
  • Serves as the primary contact for assigning disability evaluations.


  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07), or
  • A master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the duties of this position; or
  • A combination of specialized experience and graduate education

Veteran Service Representative GS-07/10

Cohort Position Details


  • Explains benefit programs and entitlement criteria, conducts interviews, identifies issues, gathers relevant evidence.
  • Adjudicates claims and inputs necessary data to generate the award and notification letter to the Veteran, describing the decision and the reason.
  • Serves as the primary contact for the Veteran and their representative about VA compensation claims.


  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05), or
  • One full year of graduate-level education, or
  • A bachelor’s degree, GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (transcripts required); or
  • A combination of specialized experience and graduate education

Cohort Training Schedule

Please note, that upcoming courses, locations, and dates are subject to change. Sessions may be conducted virtually or in person or both at locations to be determined. To learn more about WARTAC opportunities, contact the WARTAC team at

Fiscal Year 2024

CourseDurationDelivery MethodStart DateGraduation Date
VSR6 weeksIn PersonAugust 05, 2024September 19, 2024

Fiscal Year 2025

CourseDurationDelivery MethodStart DateGraduation Date
RVSR11 weeksVirtualOctober 07, 2024December 19, 2024
VSR6 weeksVirtualNovember 04, 2024December 19, 2024
RVSR11 weeksTBDJanuary 06, 2025March 20, 2025
VSR6 weeksTBDFebruary 03, 2025March 20, 2025
RVSR11 weeksTBDMarch 31, 2025June 19, 2025
VSR6 weeksTBDApril 28, 2025June 19, 2025
RVSR11 weeksTBDJuly 07, 2025September 18, 2025
VSR6 weeksTBDAugust 04, 2025September 18, 2025

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