WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
a. Applicants in any of the following categories are entitled to veterans’ preference if they have completed their military service commitment and have received an honorable discharge from such service prior to taking a civil service examination.
(1) Certain military commitments completed prior to July 27, 1953.
(2) Applicants who have served in an active duty capacity in the armed forces of the United States since July 27, 1953. Such service must include completion of basic training.
(3) Applicants who served in the National Guard or Reserves. Such service must include completion of basic training and completion of either the entire first term of service or at least one period of active duty for a purpose other than training since August 2, 1990.
b. Also eligible are:
(1) Widows or widowers of veterans.
(2) Spouses of disabled veterans.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?
a. Applicants who have not completed their initial military service commitment including National Guard and Reserve members currently in their first term of service, who have not been called to active duty for any purpose other than training.
b. Widows or widowers of veterans who remarry.
c. Divorced spouses of disabled veterans.
WHAT TYPE OF DISCHARGE OR
RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS ACCEPTABLE?
The applicant’s most recent discharge or release from active duty status must have been under honorable conditions which would include but not be limited to: honorable discharge, general discharge, good discharge, satisfactory discharge, indifferent discharge or special order discharge. An applicant awarded a dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge, undesirable discharge, a dismissal or any other type of separation certificate given under conditions other than honorable would NOT be entitled to veterans’ preference.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A VETERAN TESTS BEFORE THEIR DISCHARGE DATE?
Applicants who take a civil service examination BEFORE being honorably discharged from their military service commitment will never be entitled to receive an additional ten points added to that test score. However, upon completing their commitment and being honorably discharged, they will immediately become eligible for preference as a veteran. If such applicants thereafter retest or take other examinations successfully, they will receive both the ten additional points and preference.