Alternate Examination Dates for Active Members of the United States Armed Forces

The Rockland County Department of Personnel offers alternate examination dates for those who are deployed at the time of the designated examination date(s).

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact our office at or (845) 364-3737.

Guideline on Eligibility for and use of Veterans' Credits

To be entitled as a veteran to receive 5 points of additional credit on an open-competitive examination score or 2 ½ points on a promotional examination score, or as a disabled veteran to receive 10 points of additional credit on an open-competitive examination score or 5 points of additional credit on a promotional examination score, you must present documentary proof (DD214 – Separation From Service Forms or Discharge Papers) to our Office prior to the establishment of the eligible list and meet all of the following:

  1. A citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence (at the time of application for credits);
  2. Served in the United States Armed Forces (see definition 3 below) as ordered by the federal government;
  3. Expect to receive or have been honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from the Armed Forces of the United States; or received an other-than-honorable discharge or a general under honorable conditions discharge due to sexual orientation, gender identity, service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or mental health condition linked to military sexual trauma seeking benefits afforded through New York State law and are in possession of a letter from the Division of Veterans Services restoring access to such benefits. ARMED FORCES are defined as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and all components thereof and the National Guard when in service for the United States pursuant to call as provided by law, "on a full-time duty basis other than active-duty training purposes"; and
  4. Resident of New York State at the time of application and examination to claim veterans credit.

A candidate who is currently in the armed forces may receive veterans' credits on a conditionally basis on an eligible list; however, all of the above criteria must be met prior to certification on an eligible list with such credit.
The claim for credits must be made at the time of application for an examination, but you may elect to waive the application thereof at any time prior to appointment. This affords you the opportunity to learn how you have scored and help you to determine whether it would be to your advantage to use or waive your credits. Veterans Credits may be used only once. If you have been allowed veterans credits on several examinations, use thereof for any appointment will cancel the credits allowed on all other tests. Veterans Credits may be added only to a passing score and cannot bring a failing score (below 70.0) up to a passing grade.

DISABLED VETERANS: If you are claiming credit as a disabled veteran, in addition to establishing your status as a veteran as defined above, you must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Be certified by the United States Veteran's Administration as entitled to disability payments for a disability incurred while serving in the United States Armed Forces in accordance with the definition provided above;
  2. Have your disability rated by the United States Veteran's Administration at 10% or more; and,
  3. Have the disability at the time of application.

Inasmuch as you must be currently disabled at the time you claim the additional credits, proof must be resubmitted if more than one year has passed since you last submitted proof to our office. However, if you have a permanent stabilized disability of 10% or more and have already submitted proof of this to our office, you need not re-submit proof unless specifically requested.

A form for Verification of Your Disability Rating from the Veteran's Administration is available here and at the Rockland County Department of Personnel.

Other Resources

Rockland County Veterans Service Agency

The Rockland County Veterans Service Agency provides aid to Military Veterans in finding employment as well as other services.