Military Recruiting

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​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.

 


Veteran's Preference Program

 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. If a veteran passes the certification test, they will move to Rank 1 of the eligibility list regardless of the passing score. Rank 1 for the CHP means the veteran applicant will go into backgrounds. To find out more information and obtain the Application for the Veteran's Preference go to the California Department of Human Resources application PDF: 

Veteran's Preference Program application: http://calhr.ca.gov/Documents/CalHR-1093.pdf 

You are paid as a cadet and can apply for additional G.I. Benefits

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

National Guard and Military Reserves Friendly

CHP policy allows you to take the necessary time to fulfill your military obligations.

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Active Military Can Receive Up To Eight Years of List E​ligibility

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.

Military Transition


​All testing takes place in California and is done in each of our eight geographical divisions: Northern (Redding), Valley (Sacramento), Golden Gate (San Francisco Bay Area), Central (Fresno), Southern (Los Angeles Area), Border Division (San Diego), Coastal Division (San Luis Obispo), and Inland (San Bernardino).

Because our minimum requirements are written into state law, all applicants, military or otherwise, must meet the requirements before applying. Please read the Minimum Requirements page of our web site. If you have any questions, please call our Recruitment Unit at the number below.

For additional information, contact the CHP at:

1-888-4A CHP JOB (1-888-422-4756)

TT/TDD 1-800-735-2929 EOE/ADA

 

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