1. In every public department and upon all public works in the state, and of the counties, cities, and school corporations of the state, honorably discharged persons from the military or naval forces of the United States in any war in which the United States has been engaged, including the Korean Conflict at any time between June 25, 1950 and January 31, 1955, both dates inclusive, the Vietnam Conflict beginning August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, both dates inclusive, and the Persian Gulf Conflict beginning August 2, 1990, and ending on the date specified by the president or the Congress of the United States as the date of permanent cessation of hostilities, both dates inclusive, who are citizens and residents of this state are entitled to preference in appointment and employment over other applicants of no greater qualifications. However, if the Congress of the United States enacts a date different from August 2, 1990, as the beginning of the Persian Gulf Conflict to determine the eligibility of a veteran for military benefits as a veteran of the Persian Gulf Conflict, the date enacted by the Congress of the United States shall be substituted for August 2, 1990. The preference in appointment and employment for employees of cities under a municipal civil service is the same as provided in section 400.10. For the purposes of this section service in World War II means service in the armed forces of the United States between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, both dates inclusive.
2. In all jobs of the state and its political subdivisions, an application form shall be completed. The application form shall contain an inquiry into the applicant's military service during the wars or armed conflicts as specified in subsection 1.
The department of personnel shall inform the agency to which the person is seeking employment of the person's military service as specified in subsection 1.
3. In all jobs of political subdivisions of the state which are to be filled by competitive examination or by appointment, public notice of the application deadline to fill a job shall be posted at least ten days before the deadline in the same manner as notices of meetings are posted under section 21.4.
4. For jobs in political subdivisions of the state that are filled through a point-rated qualifying examination, the preference afforded to veterans shall be equivalent to that provided for municipal civil service systems in section 400.10.
[S13, § 1056-a15; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 1159; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 70.1]
85 Acts, ch 50, §1; 92 Acts, ch 1238, § 17
C93, § 35C.1
94 Acts, ch 1189, §16
Referred to in § 35C.5
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