I am in the Military and I already applied to take the entrance exam during the month of October, 2017. I was (am) unable to participate in the 2017 exam because of my Federal Active duty status, what should I do?
Supplemental Trooper Examinations for military personnel will be afforded following the next Trooper Entrance Examination; the date(s) of which has(have) yet to be determined.
If you cannot participate in the exam because of Federal Active Duty status during the month of October 2017, you may be eligible to participate in a supplemental military examination at a later date. You still need to apply for the 2017 exam and choose a test site. If you need to apply for a military supplemental exam please write to us at:
New York State Police
1220 Washington Ave.
Albany, New York 12226
Attn: T/Lt. Musco Millner III
Attn: Member Hiring Unit
Include orders verifying your deployment during October 2017.
Veteran's Preference Credits - If you are or were a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on a full-time active duty basis (other than for training programs), you may be eligible to have extra credits added to your passing score on the NYSP Entrance Examination. However, if you do not choose to use your veteran's credits before taking this exam, you cannot apply them to your entrance exam score later. If you score well enough on the examination to be appointed without the use of the extra credits, your credits will be restored and may be used for other New York State government employment or for a New York State Police promotional exam.
Non-disabled veterans who meet the criteria described below, are entitled to receive five (5) extra points. Disabled veterans who are currently receiving payments from the US. Department of Veterans Affairs for a service connected disability rated at 10% or more, and who meet the below criteria are entitled to receive ten (10) extra points.
You qualify for Veteran's Preference credits, if you:
Received or expect to receive an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces*; AND
Active Duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. IE, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard (CONUS or OCONUS), OR
Persian Gulf War. August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law. (This includes Operation Iraq Freedom OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF)
National Guard or Reserves – Applies when called to Title 10 or Title 32 duty for *OTHER THAN TRAINING* (contingency operation as defined in Title 10 U.S.C)
* U.S. Armed Forces includes: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the National Guard, when in the service of the United States pursuant to call as provided by law on a full-time active duty basis, other than active duty for training purposes.
Veterans who have used non-disabled veteran credits for a Civil Service appointment or promotion and who were/are subsequently certified as being a disabled veteran by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, are entitled to additional credits for a subsequent appointment or promotion. If you used the non-disabled 5 points on another test you would be able to your 5 disabled points on this test with appropriate documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU TO PROCESS YOUR 5 VETERANS PREFFERENCE CREDITS AND 5 VETERAN DISABILITY PREFERENCE CREDITS. Ultimately we will need a copy of your DD214 – Member 4. We will also accept the Service - 2 copy. In certain instances we will accept the service 7 or service 8. We will not accept any other member copies. If you are deployed, we will need a copy of your orders to temporarily approve the points. Your DD214 member 4 will then be required upon completion of service. If you are active duty we will only accept a copy of your official PCS orders. After release from active duty you will still need to submit a copy of your DD214 member 4. If you are disabled the only forms we accept are a copy of you VA disability letter annotating at least 10%. Incomplete forms, forms not clear, forms that have been cut off, forms that have been blacked out, memorandums, statements of service, not official orders, ERB/ORB, enlistment documents, DD214 annotating dishonorable discharge, DD214’s for National Guard or Reserves (*annotating Basic training, Annual Training, AIT*), and any other miscellaneous form will not be accepted.
Veterans with at least two (2) years of active duty service in the United States military and an honorable discharge may be eligible to receive a 30 College Credit waiver. Veterans in the Reserve and National Guard forces who have been activated for federal military service for at least (2) years, who received a DD-214 with an honorable discharge, may also be considered for the waiver. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Please be advised that AARTS and SMART transcripts for courses that you have completed while in the military are not accepted in order to meet the desired college credit levels of 30 or 60, depending on your waiver status. The courses on AARTS and SMART transcripts may however be considered as transfer credit at a civilian institution you are considering for enrollment and for awarding of the desired college credit required by the NYSP. As the decision to award credit for any military training and coursework will rest entirely with the receiving institution, it may be wise to research more than one school to maximize college credit transfer potential for your military experiences.
Military veterans may be eligible for an extension of the application age limit. Up to 6 years (72 Months) may be added to the maximum age limit of 29, depending on length of active duty service. In order for the service time to be credited it must be active duty service. Federal service for training purposes does not apply for reserve forces. Contact your recruiter for further information regarding extensions to the age limit.
Active duty individuals may participate in the selection process if they are within 6 months of separation from their respective service. Candidates may not be appointed while on a terminal leave status and must have completely separated prior to their attendance at the academy. In certain circumstances such as AGR tours, individuals may be allowed to process. This is handled on a case-by-case basis.
After ten (10) years of service with the NYSP, veterans who have received an honorable discharge from the military may apply to buy back up to three (3) years of their service time to use towards their retirement with the NYSP. The veteran's service credit is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
NYSP members may continue their military career in the reserve forces. Reserve members are eligible for up to 240 hours in paid leave annually to attend military training.