Veterans’ Preference

In compliance with Chapter 295, Florida Statute, The University of Florida is committed to providing preference to U.S. veterans and spouses of veterans in hiring, promotion, and retention for all qualified positions (all former University Personnel Support Services positions), as prescribed by the chapter.  Additional information concerning veteran’s preference is available at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs webpage.

As stated by Chapter 295, Florida Statute, preference is extended to veterans who fall under the following categories:

  • A veteran with a service-connected disability who is eligible for or receiving compensation, disability retirement, or pension under public laws administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
  • The spouse of a veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability, or the spouse of a veteran missing in action, captured, or forcibly detained by a foreign power.
  • A veteran of any war who has served on active duty for one day or more during a wartime period, excluding active duty for training, and who was discharged under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States of America. A veteran who served honorably but who has not met the criteria for the award of a campaign or expeditionary medal for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, qualifies for preference in appointment effective July 1, 2007.
  • The unmarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
  • A veteran who has served in a qualifying campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or expeditionary medal has been authorized; including any Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

The service dates are defined as follows:

  • World War II: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
  • Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990 to January 2, 1992
  • Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam Era: February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
  • Operation Enduring Freedom – October 7, 2001 to date to be determined
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom – March 19, 2003 to date to be determined

To claim veterans’ preference, the applicant must:

  • Be a Florida resident
  • Indicate your claim for veteran preference on the application
  • Upload DD214 to positions that are covered under FS 295, as described above.
  • Note: DD214 is required for each position applied

For additional assistance on claiming veterans’ preference please contact Recruitment and Staffing at (352) 392-2477 or email jobinquiries@ufl.edu.

For information on obtaining a DD214, please visit eVetRecs or call (866) 272-6272.

For more information, please contact Recruitment & Staffing for the Office of Human Resource Services at 352-392-2477 or email jobinquiries@ufl.edu.

FAQs

1. How do I know what positions qualify for veterans’ preference?
All positions that were formerly classified as University Personnel Support Services (USPS) qualify for veterans’ preference. This includes positions with a salary plan of TU2E. Faculty, OPS, and student positions do not qualify. For a full list of qualified positions, please view the document available here:
http://www.hr.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/docs/worksheet_veteran_preference.xlsx
2. The applicant claimed veterans’ preference on the application, but did not provide a DD214. Does the applicant still qualify for veterans’ preference?
No, the applicant must provide a copy of his or her DD214 by the closing date of the requisition to claim veterans’ preference.
3. How do I know if the applicant served during an eligible wartime period?
You can verify the applicant’s dates of service on his or her DD214 form.
4. Can a spouse of a veteran claim veterans’ preference?
Yes, the spouse of a veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability, or the spouse of a veteran missing in action, captured, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign power, is eligible for veterans’ preference. The unmarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability is also eligible.