Military & Veteran Applicants

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CDCR Hires Military and Veteran Applicants

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) offers an exceptional career opportunity for service members in, and transitioning out of, the military, offering excellent salaries and benefits.

Benefits That Last a Lifetime

CDCR has a great deal to offer those with a military background including a competitive salary, medical benefits and a retirement plan. With CDCR, you can be sure you and your family have the stability you are looking for.

Physical Fitness Waiver

Effective March 1, 2020, CDCR will waive the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for United States military and veteran candidates who provide certification of meeting military physical fitness standards. The waiver of the CDCR PFT is solely for the hiring process and will not apply to the Basic Correctional Officer Academy (BCOA) nor the Basic Correctional Juvenile Academy (BCJA) fitness requirements.

For more information on PFT waiver eligibility, please review the PFT Waiver for Military Candidates web page.

Veterans’ Preference

Military service applicants who qualify as veterans may be entitled to Veterans’ Preference.

Veterans’ Preference is a hiring preference for current or former military members who seek employment with the state. Preference can be applied to a veteran’s eligibility for qualifying open and open, non-promotional examinations. For more information on Veteran’s Preference please visit the CalCareers website. 

For further questions regarding Veterans’ Preference or need assistance with the online Peace Officer Application and Scheduling System (PASS) or general application process, please contact the OPOS Customer Service Unit

Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

Military and veteran applicants may be eligible to receive Montgomery and/or Post 9-11 GI Bill. CDCR has been certified by the Department of Veteran Affairs as an approved Veterans Education program for cadets enrolled in the Basic Correctional Officer Academy and during the correctional officer’s two year apprenticeship an any CDCR facility.

Cadets who are eligible for the following benefits can apply them to their education and training as a peace officer:

  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Program (Chapter 1606)

For information on how to use these benefits, visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Reserve Service Members

Continue to serve your country

CDCR allows you to take the necessary time to fulfill your military obligations. Depending on your military status and duration of leave you may be entitled to:

  • Time off for required physical exams before active duty
  • Travel time, if needed, to get to your assigned post during active duty
  • Leave time for short and long-term active duty
  • Time off for annual military training exercises
  • Emergency military leave (up to 30 days)
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You have the right of return to your former position within the designated time limit after service, as well as:

  • Opportunities to sustain your salary, benefits, and retirement
  • Seniority retention
  • Apply for and take exams (based on minimum qualifications eligibility).


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CDCR has partnered with Work for Warriors in a continued effort to recruit the finest candidates from the ranks of the United States Armed Forces. CDCR offers military personnel a unique working environment which utilizes the skills, self-discipline and life experiences developed during your military service. Your military service can help jump start your career and promote through CDCR’s ranks.

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Make the most out of your career and join CDCR today!