Army CPOL (Army Civilian Personnel Online)

What is the CPOL?

A number of federal government job vacancy announcements require the Army CPOL Resumix format in the application, which is scanned into a computer database for preliminary screening. Your materials must meet the job size, layout, and keywords criteria just to get past the computer filters to be seen by a human being.

Online formats are very restrictive and each has different requirements. If you are not computer-savvy, these formats can also be very difficult to complete correctly. If not done correctly, your application may end up being automatically rejected even though you may be fully qualified. You need to tell your story in a specific way—one that is acceptable to the computer as well as the hiring manager.

For many job openings, hundreds of applications are received. Here are some important details to understand before you begin the process of submitting an Army CPOL Resumix:

  • List of allowable characters in the Army CPOL format is: [A-Z], [a-z], [0-9], [comma], ~!@#$%^&*()-_+={[}]|\<>?/.`
  • Do NOT use " or -- or ... punctuation. Microsoft (MS) Word changes them to characters the Army CPOL will not recognize.
  • Pay close attention to character counts in each section. MS Word may not be completely accurate in the character count. INCLUDE SPACES.
  • The work experience section allows 12,000 total characters and spaces; the education section allows 2,000.
  • The additional information (where you put your summary and areas of expertise) allows for 6,000 total characters.
  • Refer to the website at for more information.

It is not recommended to use the CPOL worksheet option when inputting data. While it might seem to make sense, it's actually more difficult. It's much more efficient to have all of your information prepared in such a way that you can simply copy and paste the relevant sections, as needed. That's how we prepare your materials—with copy-and-paste simplicity.

The input format for Army CPOL is a very "plain Jane" format with no style features permitted as you might see on a regular resume. There are ways to effectively highlight important information; when you hire us to prepare your resumix, everything will be formatted with highlights and the proper format in mind.


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Step 4: When we begin the development of your federal application, we will use the information you supplied us and request additional information such as performance evaluations, awards, college transcripts, and DD-214s, and then develop a questionnaire specifically related to extracting pertinent information in order for us to achieve maximum scoring of keywords and core competencies. Your information will then be integrated with the general series and grade, or pay band of the federal application.

Step 5: Your project delivery date will be scheduled and a draft of your federal application will be delivered to you via e-mail for your final approval. You will have 14 days to make any changes, additions, deletions, etc. to make your application perfect.

Documents and/or information that is helpful to submit:

1. Copies of your annual performance evaluations and job descriptions
2. Copies of any awards, citations, and medals you have received
3. List of professional training received
4. Current or older version of your resume
5. If retired or separated from the military, a copy of your DD-214
6. Up to two federal vacancy announcements of interest and/or two private-sector job announcements of interest to you
7. Your current e-mail address and telephone number(s). Please visit to locate federal jobs of interest

These documents can be sent directly to your career coach at after you have made contact.

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