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Veterans Preference for State Employment

Late Applications | Noncompetitive Appointment | Preference Points | Promotional Exams

 

Much of the following information is derived from a bulletin distributed by the Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations, Division of Merit Recruitment and Selection. Those applying for veterans preference must submit "Veterans Preference Supplement to the Application for State Employment" [OSER-DMRS-38L] along with the "Application for State Employment" [OSER-DMRS-38].

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Preference Points

Veterans who served on active duty under honorable conditions for at least two years or the full period of their initial service obligation, whichever is less, may be eligible for veterans' preference points. Veterans discharged for a service-connected disability, hardship or reduction of forces prior to the completion of the required service period may also be eligible. These changes apply to applications submitted on or after October 14, 1997, by veterans who are not permanent state employees in the classified service.

In addition, veterans with qualifying wartime service may be eligible for preference points. "Qualifying" means that the veteran served during one of the wartime periods or in a qualifying campaign (listed below), and is not a current state employee in classified service.

Wartime Periods

  • August 27, 1940 to July 25, 1947
  • June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
  • August 5, 1964 to July 1, 1977
  • August 1, 1990 to the present (ending dates of Gulf War, Afghanistan War and Iraq War have not been officially established)

Qualifying Campaigns

Veteran is entitled to the Armed Forces, Navy or Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal or Vietnam Service Medal for participation in one or more of the following campaigns.

  • Berlin: August 14, 1961 to June 1, 1963
  • Congo:  July 14, 1960 to September 1, 1962
  • Cuba:  October 24, 1962 to June 1, 1963
  • Grenada:  October 23, 1983 to November 21, 1983
  • Laos:  April 19, 1961 to October 7, 1962
  • Lebanon:  July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958
  • Lebanon:  August 1, 1982 to August 1, 1984
  • Quemoy and Matsu:  August 23, 1958 to June 1, 1963
  • Taiwan Straits:  August 23, 1958 to January 1, 1959
  • Vietnam:  July 1, 1958 to August 4, 1964
  • Middle East Crises:  [see Wisconsin Statutes 45.34 (2)]
  • Panama [Just Cause]:  December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
  • Desert Shield/Storm:  August 1, 1990 to a date yet to be determined
  • Somalia [Restore Hope]:  December 9, 1992 to a date yet to be determined
  • Bosnia [Peacekeeping]:  December 1, 1995 to date yet to be determined
  • Operation Enduring Freedom: September 11, 2001 to date to be determined

Points may be granted as follows:

  • 10 points as a non-disabled veteran.
  • 15 points as a disabled veteran whose disability is less than 30%.
  • 20 points as a disabled veteran whose disability is 30% or more.
  • 10 points as a spouse of a disabled veteran whose disability is 70% or more.
  • 10 points as an unremarried spouse of a veteran who was killed in action or died from a service-connected disability.

Disabled veteran means a veteran who has a service-connected disability, but the disability does not have to be directly traceable to wartime service.

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Promotional Exams for Veterans with Disability Ratings of 70% or More

A veteran who is currently a classified state employee with a service-connected disability of 70% or more, may have his/her name included with the list of names sent to the hiring agency for interviews from promotional exams.

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Late Applications

Under certain circumstances, veterans may submit applications after the application deadline date and still be tested and considered for job vacancies. Recently discharged veterans who want to file a late application must complete the "Veterans Preference Supplement to the Application for State Employment."

Non-wartime veterans who meet the definition in section A (see below) should also complete the form. Late applications will be accepted if all the following conditions (items A through E) are met.

A. The following definition of "veteran" applies only to late applications. It is broader than the definition used for veterans preference points. You are a veteran—for late application purposes only—if you meet at least one of the following:

  1. Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 180 days, not including training, or;
  2. Were discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces because of a disability incurred during active duty or because of a disability later adjudicated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have been incurred during active duty, or;
  3. Were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, or;
  4. Are eligible to receive federal veterans' benefits.

B. Your application is filed not more than 45 days after you separated from the U.S. Armed Forces.

C. The civil service employment register was established not more than 60 days before you separated from the U.S. Armed Forces.

D. The civil service employment register has not expired.

E. The examination for the position is a machine-scored multiple choice exam.

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Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Disabled Veterans

Wis. Stats. s.230.275

(1) Whenever a vacancy occurs in a position in the classified service the appointing authority may appoint a disabled veteran on a noncompetitive basis if all of the following occur:

(a) The disabled veteran has served in the U.S. armed forces and is included on a U.S. armed forces permanent disability list with a disability rating of at least 30% or the disabled veteran has been rated by the U.S. department of veterans affairs as having a compensable service-connected disability of at least 30%.

(b) The disabled veteran presents to the appointing authority written documentation from an appropriate department of the federal government certifying the existence and extent of the disability. This certification must have been issued by the appropriate department of the federal government within the year preceding appointment.

(c) The appointing authority determines that the disabled veteran is qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

(d) The appointing authority notifies the administrator in writing that the position is to be filled with a disabled veteran on a noncompetitive basis.

(e) The disabled veteran does not hold a permanent appointment or have mandatory restoration rights to a permanent appointment.

(2) A disabled veteran appointed to a vacant position under this section need not be certified under this subchapter for appointment to the position.

(3) (a) 1. If an appointing authority elects to appoint a disabled veteran to a vacant position on a noncompetitive basis under sub. (1), the appointing authority shall offer to interview for the position any disabled veteran who has expressed an interest to the appointing authority in applying for the position, who satisfies the condition specified in sub. (1)(a) and who appears to have the skills and experience suitable for performing the duties and responsibilities of the position.

2. If an appointing authority elects to appoint a disabled veteran to a vacant position on a noncompetitive basis under sub. (1) and the appointing authority has requested a certification for the position, the appointing authority shall offer to interview for the position any disabled veteran who is certified for appointment to the position and who satisfies the condition specified in sub. (1)(a).

(b) Except as provided in par. (a), if an appointing authority elects to appoint a disabled veteran to a vacant position on a noncompetitive basis under sub. (1), an appointing authority is not required to interview any other person, including any person certified for appointment to the position.

(4) Nothing in this section shall require an appointing authority to appoint a disabled veteran to a vacant position in the classified service or prohibit an appointing authority from filling a vacant position in the classified service from the list of those persons certified under this subchapter for appointment to the position.

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The above information may not be all-inclusive and qualifications may change.

For more information about veterans preference in the State of Wisconsin, contact:

Office of State Employment Relations
Division of Merit Recruitment and Selection
101 East Wilson Street, 4th Floor
PO Box 7855
Madison, WI  53707-7855
(608) 266-1731