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

Disabled veterans may receive 10 additional points on open-competitive examinations and five 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 military service for applicants who seek positions for which maximum age requirements have been established. Generally, an individual may have the period of military duty, as defined in Section 243(1-b), deducted from his/her chronological age to meet such age requirements. The maximum amount of time which can be deducted is seven years. Please refer to Policy Advisory Report (PAR) 11-19 for more information.

New York State Civil Service created a Veteran’s Manual that provides candidates an overview of veteran’s and military service member’s employment and examination rights, as provided under Civil Service and Military Law.