The CHP offers military personnel a unique working environment which utilizes the skills, self-discipline, and life experiences you have developed during military service. Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP's workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment. You can use your former military skills and self-initiative to help you promote through the CHP's ranks.
The CHP's salary, medical benefits, and retirement plans are extremely attractive. They include a salary competitive with other California law enforcement agencies; medical, dental, and vision benefits for the entire family; and up to 90 percent retirement based on years of service and age.
We have partnered with the California Department of Veterans Affairs in a continued effort to recruit the finest candidates from the ranks of the United States Armed Forces. We would be honored for you to join us in our mission of providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California. Veterans exemplify honor, courage, and integrity; all qualities which have made the California Highway Patrol among the finest law enforcement agencies in the world.
Applicants who have served in the United States Armed Forces as defined in Government Code Section 18540, and who qualify as a veteran, are entitled to veterans' preference. Veterans’ Preference is an assistance program for military benefits who seek employment with the state. Preference can be applied to a veteran’s eligibility for qualifying open and open, non-promotional examinations. If your application for Veterans’ Preference is approved by the California Department of Human Resources, and you achieve a passing score in an entrance examination (for example, the POST PELLETB written exam for the CHP), you shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list.
How do I apply for Veterans’ Preference?
To apply for Veterans' Preference, the following documents must be submitted:
To apply for Provision Veteran's Preference, the following documents must be submitted:
California Department of Human Resources ATTN: Examination Unit 1515 S Street Sacramento, CA 95811
Once CalHR has approved your application for Veterans’ Preference, your information will remain on file for all future qualifying examinations.
Contact the CalHR Examination Unit with questions regarding Veteran’s Preference at (866) 844-8671.
Attending the CHP Academy qualifies for use of the GI Bill® under the on-the-Job training or apprenticeships path. GI Bill® coverage is not the same for all veterans. In addition to your generous monthly salary, you may be eligible to receive $392-$2100 monthly in GI Bill® Benefits. For more information regarding GI Bill® Benefits visit the VA Web Site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
CHP policy allows you to take the necessary time to fulfill your military obligations.
All applicants must be 35 years old or younger on the final filing date of the application/exam code for which they are applying. However, active service members may waive employment for up to (8) years pending separation from the military. To take advantage of the waiver, you must complete the first two steps (physical ability test and written exam) and obtain a qualifying score on the written exam to be placed on a certification list. At that point you MUST notify the Cadet Hiring Unit you would like to waive the remainder of the hiring process until you are close to completing your active service. It is recommended you contact Cadet Hiring approximately one year prior to separation, or the eight (8) year deadline, to complete the final steps (background check, psychological evaluation and medical evaluation) and receive an Academy invitation prior to expiring from the certification list.
All testing takes place in California and is done at one of our eight geographical divisions: Northern (Redding, CA), Valley (Sacramento, CA), Golden Gate (Vallejo, CA), Central (Fresno, CA), Southern (Los Angeles, CA), Border Division (San Diego, CA), Coastal Division (San Luis Obispo, CA), and Inland (San Bernardino, CA).
Because our minimum requirements are written into state law, all applicants, military or otherwise, must meet the requirements before applying. Minimum Requirements can be found on our main officer page here. If you have any questions, please contact our Recruitment Unit below.
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