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Should I use a .gov, .mil and .edu email address?

We recommend you don’t use a .gov, .mil or .edu email address, because if you leave your government or military position or school, you won’t have access to that email address anymore. Without access to that email address, it will be much harder to verify who you are, if you need to reset your password.

If your USAJOBS primary or secondary email address is a .gov, .mil or .edu email address, you may want to consider changing it AFTER you get through the login.gov account set-up and USAJOBS profile linking process.
As an alternative to receiving a text or phone call, you can also use an authentication app after successfully creating your account.