Opportunities for Veterans

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department honors the men and women of our nation’s armed forces. We know that it takes an exceptional type of individual to put personal interests on hold and serve our nation abroad. We know individuals who serve in the military abide by the guiding principles of honor, integrity, loyalty, trust, respect and justice. To serve in the military, one must have determination, resilience, a strong work ethic and uncompromising commitment. That is why our department values military experience. Veterans and active duty military personnel, by and large, already have the high moral character and strong work ethic that are critical for the effective and just enforcement of our laws.

We also know that the transition back to civilian life is not easy. Selecting the right career, especially in a slow economy, can quickly become a daunting task. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department might just be your answer. In addition to great pay and benefits, the SDSD offers numerous job assignments, specialized positions and opportunities to advance your career. We can offer you the opportunity to not only use you acquired skill set but also continue your service to this great country at home.

We have made the transition smoother by offering veterans the following benefits:

  • Veterans may be eligible for up to five veteran’s preference points during testing
  • If you have a service connected disability, you may be eligible for disability points
  • Receive Veterans Tuition assistance/education benefits if eligible ( GI BillĀ® ).
  • After the academy, reservists receive gap pay coverage while deployed or in military training
  • Reservists will also receive thirty paid days of leave for military training
  • If you are in the reserves and are deployed, you will earn vacation, sick time and compensatory time. The time you are deployed counts towards your years of service
  • Our command structure is similar to the military. The familiarity makes for a smoother transition
"GI BillĀ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

So if you are looking for a career that will provide you with financial security, advancement opportunities and camaraderie all while utilizing your valuable training and skills, apply for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department (applications accepted only during open recruitment which occurs during the first week of every month).

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