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Military makeup exam instructions for Civil Service jobs

For current military personnel interested in Civil Service public safety jobs.

What you need to know about qualifying for and requesting a military makeup exam to become a police officer, firefighter or other public safety employee.

Statement of within 6 months of discharge

Who is qualified for a military makeup exam

To qualify for a military makeup exam you would need to have been on active duty (or military orders) during the original application period or on the original examination date of the exam you are requesting a makeup for.

How to request a military makeup exam

You must email civilservice@mass.gov; with the subject line being "Request for Military Makeup." Specify the title of the exam and the exam date you are requesting. Supporting documentation such as a DD214, Commanding Officer Letter, Orders, etc. must accompany the request. All requests must be sent within 6 months after discharge from active duty (or military orders).

When military makeup exams are held

Please check a next available exam date from the Military Makeup Exam Schedule.

Determining veterans status

Please check if you are considered a veteran.

How to get veterans status under civil service

To obtain veterans status you must submit either a DD214 (Member 1 versions will not be accepted) or Commanding Officer’s letter.

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Check your standing on the eligible list

If you receive a passing score, your name will be placed on the eligible list until that list expires. To ensure that any opportunities aren’t missed, candidates are encouraged to take the next scheduled exam for that title.

Please be sure to review the definition of Eligibility for Extension upon Return from Active Duty, as this may apply to you.


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