I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)
Wonderful colleagues to work with, active duty from all DOD Forces, DOD civilians and Contract personnel!
Great respect for the profession!
As DOD civilian, must expect to go through furloughs and be labeled as Essential personnel during furlough!
Advice to Management
Encourage people to prepare for furloughs so they are not surprised and greatly affected when furlough occurs!
I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at US Department of Defense (Baltimore, MD) in September 2011.
This was the worst experience i had , had to go trough so many interviews and process and there are so many restrictions. It's better to apply for any regular job instead of this. The amount of hassle and tress you dont need it just forget about DOD unless your born here and stuff it will be easier.