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Employment Preferences

Veteran's Preference

If I am a veteran, how do I know if I am eligible for veteran's preference?

You are eligible under Texas Government Code, Section 657.002 for veteran's preference if you meet all the following qualifications:

  1. Served in: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States or the United States Public Health Service under 42 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq., as amended or the Texas military forces as defined by Section 437.001 or an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces;
  2. Were honorably discharged from the military service; and
  3. Are competent. If you meet all these qualifications, you should respond "Yes" to this question on the application.

If I am a surviving spouse or orphan of a veteran, how do I know if I am eligible for veteran's preference?

A veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried or an orphan of a veteran qualifies for a veteran's preference if:

  1. The veteran was killed while on active duty; and
  2. The spouse or orphan is competent.  

     

    If you meet all these qualifications, you should respond "Yes" to this question on the application. All other applicants should respond "No".

What does veteran's preference mean in the Texas A&M University recruitment process?

Effective Sept. 1, 2015, veteran’s preference affects the interview process. If six or fewer applicants are chosen for an interview, a qualified veteran’s preference applicant from the pool must be interviewed. If more than six are interviewed, 20 percent of the number interviewed who are qualified veteran’s preference applicants must be interviewed. If there are no veteran’s preference applicants in the qualified applicant pool, this guideline does not apply.

Use this chart as a reference for applying this standard to your applicant pool if it has applicants who self-identify as eligible for Veteran’s Preference:

# of Individuals  Selected for Interview Minimum # of individuals to interview with Veteran’s Preference (required)

1-6

1

7

1  (20% of 7 = 1.4, round down to 1)

8

2  (20% of 8 = 1.6, round up to 2)

9

2

10

2


If the pool does not have any applicants who self-identify as eligible for Veteran’s Preference, this interview requirement does not apply to the hiring process for that vacancy.

What does veteran's preference mean in the Texas A&M University hiring process?

Veteran's preference means if two applicants are finalists for a position, and equal in all respects, the veteran would be offered the job. If veterans' preference is granted, the veteran or surviving unmarried spouse/orphan would be required to produce form DD214 or similar document at the point of hire to verify eligibility.

Veteran's Employment Liaison

Carl McLin, Director and Chief Human Resource Officer
McLin@tamhsc.edu 
979.436.9208

Former Foster Child Employment Preference

Texas Government Code, 657.002

(a) An individual who was under the permanent managing conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services on the day preceding the individual's 18th birthday is entitled to a preference in employment with a stage agency over other applicants for the same position who do not have greater qualification.

(b) This chapter does not apply to:

    • The position of private secretary or deputy of an official or department; or
    • An individual holding a strictly confidential relation to the employing officer

If the preference is used in the hiring decision, the applicant must produce a government document certifying their right to such a preference.

Last edited by: schnettler 08/18/2017