Veterans and disabled veterans receive preference when
applying for federal, state, county, and local government jobs in Oregon.
Oregon Public Sector Veterans’ Preference
Thanks to an
Oregon law first passed by the Legislature in 1977, public employers must grant
preference to a veteran or disabled veteran who applies for a vacant civil
service position — whether as a new hire or as a promotion from within — at any
state, county or local government agency. To receive preference, you must successfully
clear an initial application screening, satisfy any applicable exam or civil
service test, and meet the minimum and any special qualifications for the job.
Preference does not compel a public employer to hire a veteran or disabled
veteran based solely on their veteran status; however, it does require that an
eligible veteran or disabled veteran be appointed when their application
assessment, combined with applicable veterans’ preference points, is equal to
or higher than that of a non-veteran.
For more information: Oregon Veterans' Preference
Veterans’ Preference is granted in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. You can read the Veteran Preference OARs here.
Federal Veterans' Preference
meet certain qualifications receive preference over other applicants when
applying for federal government jobs in both the competitive and excepted
Title 5 of the United States Code, veterans’ preference can be confusing.
Eligibility is based on length and dates of active duty service, a
service-connected disability, or receipt of a campaign badge or Purple Heart.
Not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference.
Oregon state Veterans’ Preference, which only has two preference categories,
federal employment allows for THREE types of eligible preferences: disabled
veterans (10-point preference), non-disabled veterans (five-point preference)
and sole survivorship (zero-point preference).
eligible for veterans’ preference by federal employers, you must have been
discharged or released under honorable conditions.
For more information: Department of Labor’s
Veterans’ Preference Advisor