55b/c Opportunities for Wartime Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities

Comptroller DiNapoli believes everyone benefits from an inclusive workplace.

Organizations that provide equal opportunities to wartime veterans and individuals with disabilities have a competitive edge to recruit the best and brightest. New York State’s 55b/c programs are specialized, coordinated efforts to place individuals from these vast talent pools into entry-level positions with the State.

The Office of the State Comptroller is continuously recruiting for 55b/c eligible positions. Contact [email protected] for more information.

How to Apply

No written examination is required for appointment to either program. However, candidates are encouraged to take the civil service exam to increase their employment opportunities with New York State.

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of a position and may be asked to take additional tests, such as a language proficiency or physical ability test. For more information on New York's 55b/c programs and the application process, visit the New York State Civil Service website.

Program Eligibility

Wartime veterans and individuals with physical or mental disabilities, who are found otherwise qualified to satisfactorily perform the duties of a position, are eligible to apply.

Qualified wartime veterans are those who served the U.S. Armed Forces on a full-time, active-duty basis in a “time of war,” and are certified as having a qualifying condition by the Department of Civil Service. Purple Heart Medal recipients or those with a disability rating of at least 10% by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are automatically eligible.

Civil Service Law defines “time of war” as including:

  • Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • Hostilities in Lebanon: June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987
  • Hostilities in Grenada: October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983
  • Hostilities in Panama: December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
  • Hostilities in the Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 - the date on which hostilities end