NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Veterans Veterans Status

Civil Service Preference

Candidates who served in the military during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam Conflict are eligible for civil service veteran preference if all of the following conditions are met:

  • they served for at least 90 days of active duty (the 90 day requirement does not apply if one received a service-incurred injury or disability); and
  • they were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and
  • the period of service was within the time periods listed in 1 through 3 below:

1. World War II - On or after September 16, 1940, and must have begun on or before December 31, 1946.

2. Korean Conflict - On or after June 23, 1950, and must have begun on or before January 31, 1955.

3. Vietnam Conflict - On or after December 31, 1960, and must have begun on or before May 7, 1975.

Candidates who served in the military during the peacekeeping missions in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf (Operation Desert Shield|Desert Storm), Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible for civil service veterans preference if all of the following conditions are met:

  • they served for at least 14 days on active duty OR served at least one day on active duty and received a service-incurred injury or disability; and
  • the service was in the geographic area or on a ship patrolling the territorial waters of the nation, or in the airspace over Bosnia and Herzegovina; and
  • they were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; and
  • the period of service was within the time periods listed in 4 through 11 below:

4. Lebanon Crisis - On or after July 1, 1958, and must have begun on or before November 1, 1958.

5. Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission - On or after September 26, 1982, and must have begun on or before December 1, 1987.

6. Grenada - On or after October 23, 1983, and must have begun on or before November 21, 1983.

7. Panama - On or after December 20, 1989, and must have begun on or before January 31, 1990.

8. Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm) - On or after August 2, 1990 and on or before February 28, 1991

9. Somalia - On or after December 5, 1992, and must have begun on or before March 31, 1994.

10. Bosnia and Herzegovina - On or after November 20, 1995 (and must have begun on or before June 20, 1998).

11. Haiti - On or after September 19, 1994, and must have begun on or before March 31, 1995.

12.Operation Enduring Freedom - On or after September 11, 2001 who served in a theater of operations and in direct support of that operation.

13. Operation Iraqi Freedom - On or after 19 Mar 2003 in Iraq or in another area in the region in direct support of that operation.

14. Operations Southern and Northern Watch - 14 days on or after August 27, 1992

To be eligible for civil service disabled veteran preference, candidates must be veterans as described above and must have incurred a disability. The disability must be one for which they are eligible to receive ten percent or greater disability compensation.

The following are eligible for civil service disabled veteran preference, if the veterans would have been eligible for civil service veterans preference: spouses of disabled veterans who are not employed in a New Jersey civil service jurisdiction and agree to waive the preference for the duration of the spouses' employment; surviving spouses of disabled veterans who have not remarried; and surviving spouses and parents of veterans who died in service.

The surviving spouse of a veteran who did not die in the service is entitled to the same civil service veterans preference to which the deceased veteran would have been entitled until such time as the surviving spouse remarries.

Note: Candidates whose only active service was for training in connection with a Reserve or National Guard obligation are not eligible for civil service veterans preference.

Civil Service Veteran Preference Claims:

If you qualify for, but have not established, civil service veteran preference with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs or the Department of Personnel after April 1, 1980, you must submit a Civil Service Veteran Preference Claim form (21kb PDF) and the required documents along with your application. Veteran Preference numbers issued prior to April 1, 1980 are void. Holders of these numbers must reestablish their preference. These claim forms are also available at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs or the Department of Personnel. After your initial application for civil service veterans preference is verified and filed with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, civil service veteran preference is awarded automatically for your subsequent job applications only if you check the civil service veteran preference block on each application when submitted. Please note that civil service veteran and disabled veteran preference is effective for all examinations in which the last date for filing for a test falls on or after the filing of the claim form and required documents.

For additional information or questions contact:
NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
ATTN: <DVS-VBB>
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0340
Phone: 888-865-8387
Fax: (609) 530-6970

 

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