Veterans and Military Service Member’s Employment and Examination Rights:

Candidates who meet the New York State Civil Service Commission’s definition of status as a veteran may receive five (5) additional points added to their passing score on open-competitive examinations and two and one-half (2.5) points on promotional examinations.

Disabled veterans may receive ten (10) additional points on open-competitive examinations and five (5) points on promotional examinations. Active duty members of the armed forces may request veteran’s credits on civil service examinations prior to discharge. All candidates requesting veteran’s credit must submit a copy of their DD214 showing honorable discharge.

These veteran’s credits may be granted only at the time an eligible list is established and may only be used for one permanent appointment. Article 5, section 6 of the New York State Constitution was amended to entitle veterans who have used non-disabled veteran credits for a Civil Service appointment or promotion and who were/are subsequently certified as being a disabled veteran by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, to additional credits for a subsequent appointment or promotion.

Section 243. 10-a of the New York State Military Law provides age deductions for certain veterans seeking positions for which maximum age requirements have been established. All veterans, whether service was voluntary or involuntary, are entitled to a maximum of four years depending on actual duration of duty. Veterans who entered voluntarily after July 1, 1970, but did not serve in time of war, are eligible to deduct up to five years, if the fifth year was at the request of and for the convenience of the federal government. All veterans who served during the time of war or national emergency declared by the president may deduct the actual time served up to a maximum of seven years

New York State Civil Service created a Veteran’s Manual, which provides candidates an overview of veteran’s and military service member’s employment and examination rights, as provided under Civil Service and Military Law which is available at their website:  https://www.cs.ny.gov/msd/msdonline/pdf/manuals_guides/M-6012_veterans'_rights_manual.pdf