Military Benefits

You've Served Well. Continue Serving with the NYPD.

The City of New York announced that in order to recognize the service of U.S. veterans, a waiver of the fee required to take NYC civil service exams has been instituted. The veteran's exam fee waiver will be available for NYPD Police Officer examinations. For more information visit the Military FAQ section.

The NYPD is an excellent career opportunity for military personnel transitioning out of the Armed Forces. The extensive training, skills, and management experience military personnel possess are only some of the reasons why the NYPD recruits from the military community.

On or before the date of hire, Military candidates must have successfully completed either: Sixty (60) college credits with a 2.0 GPA from an accredited college or university OR two (2) years of full-time, active military service in the United States Armed Forces with an Honorable Discharge AND have a High School Diploma or its equivalent.

The following is a list of benefits for military personnel who are interested in becoming a NYC Police Officer:

While attending the Police Academy and during the eighteen month period that follows, eligible military veterans are entitled to G.I. Bill benefits. In total, veterans may receive over $50,000 in G.I. Bill benefits in their first 24 months in the NYPD. The G.I. Bill benefits are collected in addition to salary.

Effective October 1, 2013, veterans whose period of active duty was more than three years can receive $2646 per month during the first year in the NYPD (including Academy training), $2116 per month for the subsequent six month period, and $1587 per month for the next 6 months. Select reservists may also be eligible for G.I. Bill benefits. More detailed information on the G.I. Bill is available on the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website:

Police Officer test scores are kept on file indefinitely for all military personnel. Once separated from active duty, the military applicant has up to six (6) months to begin the hiring process.

This allows the military personnel to continue with their enlistment until the end of the contract or even until retirement if they so choose. If the military service member is going to remain in the military beyond the end of their enlistment contract, they can request a military deferment of their Police Officer test scores until such time they are ready to leave the military.

For all veterans who have reached their 35th birthday.

Veterans may add one year to the maximum age for every year (up to 4 years) of active duty service. Veterans who served during a time of war or a national emergency may add an additional 2 years up to a maximum of 6 years. Only veterans who are 40 years of age or younger at the time of testing may utilize this benefit.

Veterans who have been awarded an expeditionary medal for service in support of a U.S. military conflict will be able to buy back three years of their military time to be applied to their NYPD retirement.

This will enable the veteran to collect his or her 22-year NYPD pension after only 19 years of NYPD service.

All reservists may take up to five years of military leave from the NYPD upon presentation of proper military orders from their respective branch of the military.

All time served on active duty counts toward longevity in the Police Department upon their return.

Police Officers who are also active reservists are allowed 30 paid working days per year, in addition to their allotted vacation time.

During this period, they will receive full pay from the Police Department as well as being paid by the military.

Veterans who are New York State residents will be awarded 5 additional Veterans points that can be applied to their final passing test score.

If the veteran chooses not to use these points on the initial entrance exam, they will have the opportunity to use 2 1/2 points on a future promotional exam. Veteran's points can only be used once.

Veterans who have served are entitled to additional holidays.

Those veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or who are currently in the Reserves will be entitled to both the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays. Veterans who have retired from the U.S. military will also be entitled to the Independence Day holiday.