Many thought the Pathways program was going to be a sure fire method to bypass veterans preference. Agreed it was an attempt. College placement officials were enthused, not so much any more. Veterans preference in a product of USC Title 38 and USC Title 5. The Outstanding Scholar Program, and the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) were designed for no other purpose than to bypass veterans preference. During the past seven years the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and the Court Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) have struck down programs that were attempts to bypass hiring veterans. That has allowed more veterans to be hired.
The Department of Defense has attempted to file objections to the hiring of preference eligible, because it impacted “diversity (what ever that is).” As of today 23,500,000 veterans are alive of these 18,500,000 are white males. That would tend to impact “diversity.”
After the radical islamist (an Army Major) killed 13 people at Fort Hood the then Chief of Staff Casey stated, “It was horrible that those people were killed, but it would have been worst if “diversity” had been damaged”. The Generals have attempted to call the killings “work place violence.” To this day they have (Obama as well) have refused to called the killing an act of terrorism.
So much for the thanks from a grateful nation. At least the MSPB and the CAFC are more concerned with veterans rights than “diversity.”