I recently applied for a great job, Lead Police Officer, for the Department of the Army. I was offered the position for which I applied and started making plans and preperations to move over 2000 miles in order to take this position. But today, while talking on the phone with the security devision, I learned that the person who "offered" me the job, wasn't authorized to make the offer. In fact, the security division didn't even have my paperwork.
Now, it says on the military personnel site, "answer," where federal employees keep track of the status of their applications, the following, "2005-04-25 - You have accepted a definite offer for this position".
My question is, does the phrase, "definite offer for this position," mean this position is legally mine if I want it or can they retract the offer for any reason.