Military Leave - Veteran's Preference Points
When They Apply
Veteran's preference points apply to open civil service examinations for classifications that do not require both
- college graduation and
- two or more years of experience.
Conditions to Receive Veteran's Preference Points
You're entitled to veteran's preference points if you meet one of the following conditions:
- you served in active duty in the US armed forces for at least 30 calendar days between September 16, 1940 and January 31, 1955, or in any war or time of peace in a campaign or expedition for which the US Government authorized a medal, or
- you served in active duty in the US armed forces for at least 181 consecutive calendar days after January 31, 1955, or
- you're the widow or widower of a veteran who met either of the two previous criteria.
You're not eligible for veteran's preference points if you received a dishonorable discharge.
Veterans and widows or widowers of veterans, as well as spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans, get a 10-point veteran's preference.
Disabled veterans get a 15 point preference.
How to Apply for Veteran's Preference Points
CalHR / Exams Unit
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95811-7258
Once we determine your eligibility for veteran's preference points, the points will be added automatically in all future examinations for which they apply, provided you check yes in the appropriate box on your application.
If you're a disabled veteran seeking a 15 point preference, and your disability was considered "temporary," you must apply for each examination. You must reestablish proof of at least 10 percent disability each time.