When I received my 40% disability from the VA, I thought this may finally be my ticket into a federal job. It gives me an additional 5 preference points and non-competitive status. However, while hiring agencies must apply the 10 veteran's points to an applicant's application package, using the non-comp status is optional. I can't for the life of me figure out what the purpose of non-comp status is if hiring officials don't have to use it. If they're only going to select the most qualified candidate they don't need to use non-comp status. The only possible reason I can see for a hiring official to want to use non-comp status is if they want to hire a friend or someone else they know who is at least meets the minumum requirements for a position, but is not the most qualified candidate. If the people who make up these rules really wanted to give disabled vets a real hiring preference, they would've made the use of non-comp status MANDATORY. As it is, unless an applicant personally knows a hiring official, non-comp status is useless because I haven't seen a single case where the hiring agency has been willing to use it otherwise.