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3.2 Eligibility Criteria and Point Allocation

Manual: Examination Procedures

Subsection: Veterans Preference

Veterans preference points on Original Entry examinations to qualified persons who have been members of the Armed Forces of the United States or to qualified persons who, while citizens of the United States, were members of the armed forces of allies of the United States in the time of hostilities with a foreign country, and to certain other persons are awarded based on the following criteria.

Points Allotted Criteria
10 Points Veterans with a service-connected disability certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs who were separated from service under honorable conditions.
10 Points Veterans of an allied country with a service-connected disability who were separated from service under honorable conditions.
10 Points Purple Heart recipient.
5 Points Veterans who served during a period of hostility who were separated from service under honorable conditions and who served under one or more of the following conditions:
  • for a total of at least 6 months active service, or
  • for the duration of hostilities regardless of the length of the engagement, or
  • discharged on the grounds of hardship.
5 Points Members of the National Guard or Reserves activated during a period of hostility who were separated from service under honorable conditions and who served under one or more of the following conditions:
  • for a total of at least 6 months active service, or
  • for the duration of hostilities regardless of the length of the engagement, or
  • discharged on the grounds of hardship.
3 Points Veterans who served during peacetime and who were separated from service under honorable conditions and who served under one or more of the following conditions:
  • for a total of at least 6 months active service, or
  • discharged on the grounds of hardship.
3 Points Members of the National Guard or Reserves activated during peacetime who were separated from service under honorable conditions and who served under one or more of the following conditions:
  • for a total of at least 6 months active service, or
  • discharged on the grounds of hardship.
3 Points Members of the Illinois National Guard or Reserves who were never activated and who were separated from service under honorable conditions and who served under one or more of the following conditions:
  • for a total of at least 6 months active service, or
  • discharged on the grounds of hardship.
10 Points Surviving unremarried spouse of a veteran who suffered a service-connected death or service-connected disability that disqualifies the veteran from civil service employment.
10 Points Parent of an unmarried veteran who suffered a service-connected death or service-connected disability that disqualifies the veteran from civil service employment (credit is given to the first parent to apply).

A separation from service under honorable conditions is established by any of the following character of service entries on the military documents used to verify military service:

  • Honorable
  • General (Under Honorable Conditions)
  • General

A separation from service under honorable conditions is not established by any of the following character of service entries on the military documents used to verify military service:

  • Bad Conduct
  • Dishonorable
  • Uncharacterized
  • Under Other Than Honorable Conditions
  • Undesirable
  • Entry Level Separation


NOTE: The above points apply to all military personnel including the Illinois National Guard/United States Military Reserve still serving if they meet the applicable criteria and submit a letter from unit personnel indicating honorable service.


Renumbered and Revised 10/25/2004