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Veterans


DJJ is committed to supporting our veterans & spouses.

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The Department of Juvenile Justice is committed to employ you and your spouse.  To see what opportunities are available, visit the People First website.

How Do I Apply for A Job?

To apply for a position within our agency, you must complete and submit the Applicant Profile online on the People First website.  Each posting will provide you with a summary of the required education, experience, and knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the job.  Also, it will provide you with a contact person and telephone number should you have any questions or need additional information.

If you have any questions regarding the system usage or problems completing and/or submitting your application, please contact the People First Service Center at 1-877-JOBSCTR (1-877-562-7287).

Additional Resources

Below are additional websites for veteran job and career opportunities:  

Florida Vets/Benefits/Employment

Career One Stop/Veterans


Veterans' Preference ensures that veterans and eligible persons are given consideration at each step of the selection process when applying for career service positions. However, preference does not guarantee that a veteran or other eligible person will be the candidate selected to fill the position. Section 295.07, F.S. specifies who is eligible for Veterans' Preference. State of Florida residency is not required for Veterans' Preference. For applicants seeking Veterans' Preference in accordance with Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), completion of the Veterans' Preference section below is required and will be kept confidential, as appropriate, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For Veterans' Preference documentation requirements, click here.

Who Is Eligible?

The following persons shall be eligible to receive preference in appointment and retention in employment pursuant to Section 295.07, F.S.:

A) A disabled veteran:

1. Who have served on active duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, have received an honorable discharge, and have established the present existence of a service-connected disability that is compensable under public laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or

2. Who are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension by reason of public laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Defense.

B) The spouse of a person who has a total disability, permanent in nature, resulting from a service-connected disability and who, because of this disability, cannot qualify for employment, and the spouse of a person missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

C) A wartime veteran as defined in section 1.01(14), F.S., who has served at least 1 day during a wartime period or who has served in a qualifying campaign or expedition. Active duty for training may not be allowed for eligibility under this paragraph. [section 295.07(1)(c), F.S.]

D) The unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability. [section 295.07(1)(d), F.S.] A completed "Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower" form (FDVA form VP-3) must be provided.

E) The mother, father, legal guardian, or unremarried widow or widower of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died in the line of duty under combat-related conditions, as verified by the United States Department of Defense. [section 295.07(1)(e), F.S.] A "Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower" form (FDVA form VP-3) must be provided.

F) A veteran as defined in section 1.01(14), F.S., excluding active duty for training. [section 295.07(1)(f), F.S.]

G) A current member of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard. [section 295.07(1)(g), F.S.] A completed "Certification of Current Member of Reserve Component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard" form (FDVA form VP-2) must be provided.


All applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference must submit a DD Form 214 (member copy #4) or comparable discharge, separation or current reserve documentation that indicates the character of service as honorable. In addition, all applicants claiming Categories a, b, c, d, or e must also furnish supporting documentation in accordance with the provisions of Rule 55A-7, F.A.C. Please add all your supporting documentation during the “Upload Files” portion (next step) of the electronic submission process. Be sure to indicate the file type as “2-Veterans’ Preference”. If you are unable to attach your file electronically, you may fax your supporting documentation to the People First Service Center at (888) 403-2110 by the closing date of the job announcement. Be sure to include the position number for which you are applying on each page submitted when faxing documentation. All required documents must be submitted no later than the closing date of the job announcement.

Under Florida law, preference in appointment shall be given first to those persons in Categories a or b and then to those in Categories c, d, e, f or g. If a qualified applicant claiming Veterans’ Preference believes he/she was not afforded employment preference, he/she may file a complaint with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd., Room 214, St. Petersburg, FL 33708 in accordance with the timelines specified in Rule 55A-7.016, F.A.C. A complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days of the applicant receiving notice of the hiring decision made by the employing agency. If a notice of the hiring decision is not received, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact the Human Resource Office or other contact person where the vacancy occurred prior to filing a complaint. Such contact shall occur at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time.


Veterans' Preference Matrix

Veterans' Preference Matrix