Veterans' credits are granted on the following basis:


5 points for Open-Competitive Exams


10 points for Open-competitive Exams

These additional credits, which are combined with the final score obtained in the examination, may be granted only to PASSING CANDIDATES at the time of establishment of the eligible list.

In order to be eligible for additional credits as a non-disabled veteran, you must:

  1. Have served on full-time ACTIVE DUTY, other than active duty for training purposes, with the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the following periods:

            VIETNAM            -    February 28, 1961 through and including May 7, 1975
  LEBANON*          -    June 1, 1983 through and including December 1, 1987        
            GRENADA*         -    October 23, 1983 through and including November 21, 1983
  PANAMA*          -    December 20, 1989 through and including January 31, 1990
            PERSIAN GULF    -    August 2, 1990 - to end of the hostilities as yet undefined
*To receive veterans' credits for service in these campaigns, an applicant must also have been the recipient of one of the following:
                                    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
                            Navy Expeditionary Medal
                                    Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
  1. Have been honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from such service.
  2. Submit a legible photocopy of separation papers (ie FORM DD-214 (member 4 copy) or equivalent) from the Armed Forces of the United States before this eligible list is established.  Candidates currently on active military duty must submit a FORM DD-214 when they are separated from the service.

In order to be eligible for additional credits as a disabled veteran, in addition to meeting the requirements of items 1, 2, 3 & 4 listed above, you must also complete Form VC-3 (Authorization For Disability Record) and forward a copy immediately to the Department of Veterans Affairs where your application for disability pension is on file.  The Department of Veterans Affairs will retain a copy for its files, and will return a copy to this Department for processing.  Disabled veterans must have a war-incurred disability of at least ten percent (10%) certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the time of application for addition credits.

Veterans who used non-disabled veterans credits to obtain a civil service appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government, and subsequent to such appointment, are determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be a qualified disabled veteran, as defined in New York State Civil Service Law, are entitled to an additional 10 credits on civil service examinations, minus the number of credits already used for the prior appointment. To claim such credits a candidate must also submit Form VC-1, Application for Veterans’ Credits.

Except for veterans later determined to be disabled, Civil Service Law limits the use of veterans' credits to one permanent competitive class appointment within New York State. If you do not forward the proper documentation as outlined above, you will not be granted veterans' credits.  Except for candidates currently on active military duty, after the eligible list is established, veterans' credits cannot be granted.