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Division of Human Resources

Veteran's Preference

The University of South Carolina values the skills and experience military veterans bring to our workforce. 

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.

The Department of Defense (DOD) Transition Assistance Program 

Common Military to Civilian Transitions

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)
TDY/TAD Business travel
PCS Relocation
OER/NCOER Performance Appraisal
MOS/MOC Career Field
Commanded Supervised, Directed
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

Military Crosswalk Search 

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