You will need to meet the veterans' preference requirements of the NJ Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (NJDMVA) in order to claim veterans' preference for any examination. If you do meet those requirements, you'll want to claim veterans' preference on the application form and submit the required proof to be awarded the preference for the Firefighter examination and all future CSC exams. If you do not submit the required documentation, you will not be able to claim veterans' status for this announcement.
If you believe you meet the requirements but have not established veterans' preference since April 1, 1980, you should do so now. Completed claim forms (http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njdmava_form_05A-1.pdf), along with the required documentation, must be submitted directly to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. You may visit NJDMVA's web site or contact them at 1-888-865-8387 to obtain a Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form or for more information.
You don't have to wait for an exam to be announced to file for veteran's preference - in fact we encourage you to do it as soon as possible to ensure that your paperwork is processed on time for this exam. Preference must be established no later than 8 days prior to list issuance, and once established, is good for life.