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Warrior Training Advancement Course

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 our 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.

Training Schedule for FY2024 

Training Schedule for FY2025 - Coming soon


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.


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

Position Details

Rating Veteran Service Representative GS-09/12


  • 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


  • 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

Reasons to Consider WARTAC

  • Long-term career opportunity with advancement opportunities
  • Quality career opportunity with a mission of service to country and fellow Veterans
  • Provides a career path with the federal government, thereby reducing Veteran homelessness and unemployment rates

WARTAC Overview Briefing

For more information, join an overview briefing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The briefing covers program details, next steps, and frequently asked questions.

To register, visit the WARTAC Overview Webex Brief.

Please note, that upcoming courses, locations, and dates are subject to change.

FY2024 Training Schedule

Type of Training


Start Date

Graduation Date

RVSR Virtual
11 weeks
Oct. 2, 2023 Dec. 14, 2023
VSR Virtual
6 weeks
Oct. 30, 2023 Dec. 14, 2023
RVSR Virtual
11 Weeks
Jan. 8, 2024 March 21, 2024
VSR Virtual
6 weeks
Feb. 5, 2024 March 21, 2024
RVSR Virtual
11 weeks
April 8, 2024 June 20, 2024
VSR Virtual
6 weeks
May 6, 2024 June 20, 2024
RVSR Virtual
11 weeks
July 8, 2024 Sept. 19, 2024
VSR Virtual
6 weeks
Aug. 5, 2024 Sept. 19, 2024

To learn more about WARTAC opportunities, contact the WARTAC team.