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105 STAT. 54 PUBLIC LAW 102-16—MAR. 22, 1991 SEC. 9. VETERANS READJUSTMENT APPOINTMENTS. (a) PoucY. — Section 2014(a)(l) of title 38, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking out "It is the policy of the United States" and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "The United States has an obligation to assist veterans of the Armed Forces in readjusting to civilian life since veterans, by virtue of their military service, have lost opportunities to pursue education and training oriented toward civilian careers. The Federal Government is also continuously concerned with building an effective work force, and veterans constitute a major recruiting source. It is, therefore, the policy of the United States"; and (2) by striking out "certain veterans of the Vietnam era" and all that follows through the period and inserting in lieu thereof "disabled veterans and certain veterans of the Vietnam era and of the post-Vietnam era who are qualified for such employment and advancement.", (b) IMPLEMENTATION.— (1) Section 2014(b)(l) of such title is amended— (A) in clause (A), by striking out "up to" and all that follows through the semicolon and inserting in lieu thereof "up to and including the level GS-11 or its equivalent;"; (B) by striking out clauses (B) and (C) and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "(B) a veteran shall be eligible for such an appointment without regard to the number of years of education completed by such veteran; "(C) a veteran who is entitled to disability compensation under the laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty shall be given a preference for such an appointment over other veterans; "(D) a veteran receiving such an appointment shall— "(i) in the case of a veteran with less than 15 years of education, receive training or education; and "(ii) upon successful completion of the prescribed probationary period, acquire a competitive status; and"; (C) by striking out clauses (E) and (F); and (D) by redesignating clause (D) as clause (E) and by striking out "; and" at the end of such clause and inserting in lieu thereof a period. (2) Section 2014(b) of such title is amended by striking out subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) and all that follows through paragraph (4) and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "(B) veterans who first became a member of the Armed Forces or first entered on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces after May 7, 1975, and were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. "(3)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph, a veteran of the Vietnam era may receive an appointment under this section only during the period ending— "(i) 10 years after the date of the veteran's last discharge or release from active duty; or . " (ii) December 31, 1993, whichever is later.