According to the General Laws of Massachusetts, the selection process of those passing the Civil Service Exam and the Massachusetts Physical Abilities Test (PAT) must be based off of individual scores and a specific system of merit preference. Those obtaining the highest scores on the Civil Service Exam, PAT, and are eligible to receive specific preferences will have increased chances of being selected for employment.
Veteran status is a common merit that can be used to reward military service with several benefits throughout the selection for employment process. In order to be eligible for veterans' benefits, one must be a "veteran" or a dependent of a "veteran" as defined by Chapter 4, Sec. 7, Clause 43 of the General Laws of Massachusetts' terms of eligibility. All those qualifying to receive veterans' benefits may claim residency preference within the first 30 days following an honorable discharge. Those who have served on active duty in the military may add up to four (4) years served to the maximum age limit of thirty-two (32) in the application process, allowing eligible individuals to apply up to the age of thirty-six (36). Returning Veterans must establish residency within 30 days of discharge to qualify for the city of Boston residency preference.
Veterans should refer to the state web site concerning special information regarding the definition of a veteran, taking a makeup test, the Military Pay Act, eligibility extensions, and the documentation needed for veteran's preference.
All relevant information can be found on the State Website:
Veteran & Active Duty Military Applicant Information
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Civil Service Physical Exam
The Mass Human Resources Division has created a series of videos and powerpoint presentations to assist appointing authorities and candidates through some facets of the civil service process.