Veterans' Credit for Examination

Human Resources
Steven J. Rector, Commissioner

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Candidates may be eligible to receive a veterans’ credit of 5 points in an open competitive examination and 2.5 points on a promotion examination, if they meet certain criteria listed below. Veterans may be eligible for an additional credit of 5 points on an open competitive examination (for a total of 10 points) and 2.5 points on a promotion examination (for a total of 5 points) if they meet additional criteria to be classified as a disabled veteran.


Criteria for Veterans’ Credit

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of application and examination

  2. Reside in New York State at time of application for examination

  3. Have received an honorable discharge or been released under honorable conditions.

  4. Have served during “wartime” or other service as defined as follows:

    • World War II from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
    • Korean Conflict from June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam Conflict from December 22, 1961 to May 7, 1975
    • Lebanon* from June 1, 1983 to December 1, 1987
    • Grenada* from October 23, 1983 to November 21, 1983
    • Panama* from December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
    • Persian Gulf Conflict from August 2, 1990 to “end of such hostilities”
    • US Public Health Service from June 29, 1945 to December 31, 1946, or from June 26, 1950 to July 3, 1952


*NOTE: Credit for Lebanon, Grenada or Panama will be limited  to   those who received an expeditionary medal.


Criteria for Disabled Veterans

  1. Veteran was disabled in the actual performance of duty during “wartime”;
  2. Veteran is currently receiving payments from the Veterans’ Administration for such disability, which is rated at 10% or more.


Procedures to Claim Credit

For candidates already discharged at date of examination:
Those individuals who meet the above criteria must submit a Veterans’ Credit Application (.pdf) form along with a copy of their DD-214 Separation from Service form or Discharge Papers to our office. (Note: DD-214 or Discharge Papers must indicate honorable discharge or release under honorable conditions). For Disabled Veterans’ Credit, the candidate must also submit a Disability Record Authorization (.pdf) form. The Veterans’ Credit Application form and Disability Record Authorization form are available from this office. Under these criteria, all documentation must be submitted to this office prior to the establishment of the eligible list.

For candidates in the armed forces as of the date of the examination:
Those individuals who are in the armed services but will meet the above criteria at the time of discharge must provide proof of active status (military ID card, military orders, or other official military document) as of the date of the exam. This proof of active status should be submitted at time of application, but cannot be accepted after the eligible list is established. Credits will be conditionally assigned to the candidate but will not be added to the candidate’s grade until the individual is actually discharged and submits the documentation described under candidates already discharged at date of examination.

NOTE: Veterans’ Credits may only be used once for actual appointment. Upon appointment, credits assigned to other eligible lists will be removed and future credit denied. - Veterans’ Credits may only be added to a passing score (70.0 or higher).

Revised 3/98
Revised 8/01