Who Is Eligible?

All veterans as defined by M.G.L. c.4, s.7, clause 43 are eligible for veterans' preference in civil service positions.

Veterans are given preference in the eligibility lists of civil service positions in the following order:

  1. Disabled veterans
  2. Veterans
  3. Spouses or single parents of veterans who were killed in action or died from a service connected disability incurred during wartime service, provided that the spouse or parent has not remarried.

M.G.L. c. 31, s. 12
Veterans who apply for civil service jobs for which there is no exam, and therefore no list, receive preference over non-veterans. If there is more than one veteran, it is up to the appointing authority to make the choice between or among them. If an authority wants to by-pass this law, it has to get the Human Resource Division's (HRD) approval. HRD's civil service unit also maintains lists of state agencies with vacancies and will notify interested veterans of openings.

See the Definition of Massachusetts Veteran chart, as amended by the Acts of 2005


Human Resource Division
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Boston, MA 02108
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