Preserving career opportunities for soldiers returning from active service, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco’s bill unanimously passed the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today. The legislation (A2162) allows National guardsmen and reservists who previously passed civil service tests for police or firefighter positions to retain placement on eligibility lists while on active duty.
“Men and women who leave their homes, families and friends to serve their country often lose their place in line for jobs they have already qualified for,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Through no fault of their own, they miss out on opportunities as lists expire while they are deployed. With this bill, they can return home and have their position on a current eligibility list preserved without extensive delays and the hardship of re-testing.”
Bucco’s bill applies to members of the guard and reserve who served at least 30 days of continuous active duty and who qualified for eligibility but were unable to accept a position as a police officer or firefighter due to deployment.