Reference is made to the New York State Trooper Examination Veteran's Preference Credit Claim Form. For military personnel who have taken the most recent entrance examination, the deadline for the submission of the credit claim form and appropriate documentation has expired, effective January 1, 2014. Military personnel awaiting the supplemental examinations may continue to submit documentation. No dates have been established for the supplemental examinations at this time.
I am in the Military and I already applied to take the entrance exam during the month of October, 2013. I was unable to participate in the 2013 exam because of my Federal Active duty status, what should I do?
You should submit official documentation demonstrating your Federal active duty status during the entire month of October 2013, along with a request to take a supplemental Military examination (dates to be determined), and mail the documentation and request to:
New York State Police
Trooper Application Unit
1220 Washington Avenue, Bldg. #22
Albany, NY 12226
When we have dates for supplemental exams, we will post them on the homepage of this site and make e-mail notifications to military applicants who requested to participate in a supplemental exam.
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 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
Served anywhere as a member of the US. Armed Forces* on full-time active duty basis, other than for training programs between August 2, 1990 and the present, OR
Received the Armed Forces, Navy, or Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for hostilities in one of the following:
- Panama (Dec 20, 1989 - Jan 31, 1990)
- Grenada (Oct 23, 1983 - Nov 21, 1983)
- Lebanon (Jun 1, 1983 - Dec 1, 1987
* 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 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. In certain circumstances, reserve forces veterans who have been activated for federal military service and who received a DD Form 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.