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

Candidates who meets New York State Civil Service Commission’s definition as a veteran can receive five (5) additional points added to their passing score on open-competitive examinations and two and a one-half (2.5) points on promotional examinations. Disabled veterans can receive ten (10) additional points on open-competitive examinations and five (5) points on promotional examinations. Active duty members of the armed forces can request veteran’s credits on civil service examination prior to discharge. All candidates requesting veteran’s credit must submit a copy of their DD214 showing honorable discharge. This credit must be granted only at the time an eligible list is established and it may be used for only one permanent appointment. Veterans who are certified as disabled after having already received credits of their status as non-disabled veterans to receive additional credits equal to the difference between ten (10) credits and the number of credits received at the initial 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