In conjunction with the Veteran’s Preference Hiring Initiative implemented by the South Carolina Department of Administration, the university provides employment preference to eligible veterans who apply to staff and faculty full-time equivalent positions. Research Grant and Time-Limited positions are not eligible for the preference.
The hiring preference requires at least one qualified veteran to be interviewed for every FTE (full-time equivalent) position posted, unless there are no qualified veterans in the applicant pool. This includes both faculty and staff positions.
For the purposes of this initiative, a qualified veteran is defined as a person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty, for reasons other than training, and was discharged under honorable conditions.
To be eligible for the preference:
- The applicant must be a veteran who served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces on active duty, for reasons other than training, and was discharged under honorable conditions.
- The Veteran must meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
- The Veteran must be capable of performing the duties assigned to the position with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- Prior to the interview, the applicant must submit a DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
Translating Military Experience
The following resources will help you understand military experience and position titles and how they translate into civilian experience.
|Military Translation||Civilian Translation|
|NCOIC, Watch Captain, Petty Officer of the Watch||Supervisor, Manager, Coordinator|
|Commander, Chief||Division Head, Director, Senior Manager|
|Executive Officer (XO)||Deputy Director, Assistant Manager|
|Action Officer (AO)||Analyst (or Senior Analyst if applicable)|
|Battalion, Unit, Platoon||Organization, Agency, Department|
|Mission||Responsibility, Task, Objective, Job|
|Combat/War||Hazardous Conditions, Conflict|
|Headquarters||Headquarters, Co-workers Colleagues, Personnel, Individuals|
|Security Clearance, Military Personnel Office (MILPO) Personnel Action Center (PAC)||Security Clearance, Personnel Office|
|Regulations||Guidance, Policy, Instructions|
|Reconnaissance||Data Collection, Survey, Analysis|
|TDA/MTOE||Organizational Structure, Material resources, Manpower|
|Senior NCOs||First-Line Supervisor|
|Sergeant Major||Senior Advisor|
|First Sergeant||Personnel Supervisor|
|Squad Leader||Team Leader/Team Chief|
|Supply Sergeant||Supply Manager/Logistics Manager|
|Operations NCO, Platoon Sergeant||Operations Supervisor, Supervisor/Instructor/Trainer|