Occupational Codes are codes that the U.S. Armed Forces use to identify a specific job. Codes for this purpose are defined as Army Military Occupational Codes, Navy Ratings and Designators, Coast Guard Ratings, Marine Corps Occupational Codes, and Air Force Specialty Codes.
Occupational Codes translates as “military occupational classification (MOC)”, per the O*Net Online. A breakdown in service branches are as follows:
- Army: MOS
- Air Force: AFSC
- Navy: Ratings
- Marines: MOS
- Coast Guard: Ratings
What if no Occupational Codes (OS) fit the job opening or if we find a better match that is not on the military crosswalk?
The military crosswalk is intended to serve as a general guideline for state agency use. State agencies have the flexibility to use the OS codes that best reflect the responsibilities of the position being posted, if any are applicable
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Section 654.0375, the State Auditor’s Office identified OS codes from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that corresponded to each position in the Plan. Texas Government Code, Section 656.002, requires a state agency to include the OS code on all employment openings. Agencies should confer with their general counsel to determine whether categories can be used instead of OS codes.
Texas Government Code, Section 656.002, requires a state agency to include on all forms and notices related to a state agency employment opening the OS code from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that corresponds to the employment opening if the duties of the available position correlate with a military occupational specialty. State agencies have the flexibility to use the OS codes that best reflect the responsibilities of the position being posted.
Please contact your agency’s Classification Analyst at the State Auditor’s Office at (512) 936-9500 if you have any questions or recommended changes.
Veteran's Preference (Applicants)
According to Chapter 657 of the Texas Government Code, individuals who qualify for veteran’s preference are entitled to preference in employment with the University over other applicants who do not have greater qualifications.
Learn how the Veteran's Preference process works at Texas State through this step-by-step guide.
Eligible applicants should apply for positions through the appropriate the Texas State Jobs website and search for either staff, faculty, or student positions.
As part of the online application process, applicants will be asked questions to determine their eligibility for the veteran’s hiring preference. Applicants that are determined to be eligible will be indicated as such in their applicant profile.
No, it does not. For an eligible individual to be interviewed, the individual must meet the same required qualifications for the position as every other applicant. If the individual does not meet the required qualifications, then the individual will not be interviewed.
For an eligible applicant to be hired, the applicant must be the best qualified applicant for the position as determined by the hiring manager. If the applicant is not the best applicant for the position, then s/he will not be hired.
The Texas Veterans Portal website houses links to many organizations that can help veterans and their family members find and prepare for meaningful employment.
As a veteran, you are eligible under Texas Government Code, Section 657.002 for veteran's preference if you meet all the following qualifications:
- served in: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States or the United States Public Health Service under 42 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq., as amended or the Texas military forces as defined by Section 437.001 or an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces;
- were honorably discharged from the military service; and
- are competent.
If you meet all these qualifications, you should respond "Yes" when asked about your veteran status on the application and attach a DD 214 with the social security number redacted in the documents section.
If you do not meet the above requirements, applicants should respond "No", when asked about veteran status.
If I'm a surviving spouse or orphan of a veteran, how do I know if I'm eligible for Veteran's Preference?
A veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried or an orphan of a veteran qualifies for a veteran's preference if:
- The veteran was killed while on active duty; and
- The spouse or orphan is competent. If you meet all these qualifications, you should respond "Yes" to this question on the application.
- Provide DD1300, death, birth and/or marriage certificates with the social security number redacted in the documents section.
Click here to view questions for hiring managers regarding Veteran's Preference.