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smd6169 said:
Do you pretty much have to have Veteran Status to get on?
Yes! If you're not a veteran or do not speak a foreign language you should probably not put the T as one of your choices. I'm a vet and I speak 2 foreign languages I ranked 110 on their list with a score 99. Disabled vets make up the first 100 people on their list.
 

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I thought you didn't have to select MBTA, that everyone was in the running automatically. But anyhow, as a non-vet I knew I had no shot anyhow. This total preferential treatment [for any group] has to go. I can see adding a couple of point's to a score, like the State Police does, but to take a whole group and put them above another, isn't that descrimination?
That's a negative! If someone serves his/her country honorably in the armed forces, they SHOULD get preferential treatment in civil service jobs. I for one I'm proud to take advantage of my veteran status. God bless our men and women serving in uniform. It is a thankless job, but that's not why we serve.
 

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Let's put aside who is and who is not considered a vet. That's not my issue. My issue is the TOTAL PREFERANTIAL treatment a veteran receives. Now assuming that the Civil Service does truly and accurately test for those skills that a police officer should poses, to put a vet scoring a 70 above a none vet scoring a 100 is asinine. This person with a 70 obviously does not poses the skills that the state has deemed crucial for a police officer while the person scoring 100 does, yet he may not be called...
Are you shitting me? Do you truly believe that the rediculous test known as the civil service exam, is a true indication of ones intelligence, or ability to be an effective police officer?

I don't care if a vet scored a 50 and a nonvet scored a 1000. The vet should still get preference. There wouldn't be any civil service jobs if it were not for the sacrifices of vets. It is because of the vet that you're not required to utter the words 'God save the queen, or have German as your primary language!".

You can't choose your race, or your gender, but you CAN certainly CHOOSE to become a vet. Recruiting is at an all-time low. Do something for yourself and your country, become a vet!...(disclaimer) This post was paid for by the United States Army.
 

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smd6169 said:
Hold on, I have a second language (fluent) that I listed on the exam. Is there another way to pursue getting on with the 2nd language? What kind of preferential treatment do paramedics get?
Is the second language Spanish, Haitian/Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Arabic, or Farsi? If not, you may still face an uphill battle. However being a paramedic can go a long way. Good luck and stay safe.
 

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Dogma20001 said:
MBTA is all about who you know. In my town, there are a brother and sister that both got on the MBTA 1 Academy apart. The brother was a Marine who got Dvet status for get this- allergies. He lasted a whole 7 months in the corp. The sister worked as a host at a local restaurant. Nice huh.
I don't buy that bullshit story for a second. Dvet status from allergies? Yeah riiiiiight. First off, in order to get Dvet status your injury had to occur as a result of military activities. At least this is how I understand it. I'm just a vet, maybe one of the many Dvets on this board will elucidate. What was he allergic to? Drill, PT, perhaps CLP during weapons maintenance?
 

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By the way Dogma, have you received a conditional letter of employment from DOC? I received one but it warned me not to give my 2 weeks notice to my current employer. The academy starts on 09/06/05. That's cutting it kinda close.
 

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Yeah, got it. Human Resources actually called to tell me. Kind of weird. Starts on the 6th. As for the MBTA, I'm serious. This kid hated being in the Corp and did everything he could to get out and allergies gave him his ticket. Imagine that though, 2 from the same family. The girl is 22, he's 24. All who you know.
They called you? That is bizzare.As for the guy getting out due to allergies I'll believe it, but I can guarantee that he has neither vet or Dvet status. If he's telling you he does, then feel free to call bullshit.
 

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lookingaround said:
There's a bunch of people saying you have a choice to sign up. What if you actually don't have a choice in signing up for being a VET? Such as being gay? Or what if you have a disability that would disqualify you from military service but not police service?

They DO NOT have a choice. So how do you defend it now?
Regarding being gay, there's the don't ask don't tell policy. As for being disabled...well...you'll just have to suck it up buttercup and cowboy up!
 
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