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Veterans Recruiting Program

Welcome Vets! The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) is grateful for your service to our country and we recognize the tremendous sacrifices you have made for our freedom. We welcome the opportunity to have you join our team of 6,000 correctional professionals, nine percent of whom are veterans themselves.

The Veterans Recruiting Program was established to attract, recruit and develop veterans to help maintain and improve upon the required level of professionalism the Department of Correction requires now and in the future. The program works with various agencies, including the Department of Veterans Services and Department of Labor & Workforce Development, on outreach and educational efforts to attract veterans. We encourage you to learn more about the career opportunitiespreference policy, and benefits of becoming a member of a challenging, rewarding and exciting team.

Meet two TDOC employees who proudly served our country in the armed forces:


"The Tennessee Department of Correction is a great career opportunity for military veterans. The core values military members live by; Integrity, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do, along with structure, organization, and discipline that is imbedded in our service lives, are the exact characteristics needed by the Tennessee Department of Correction.

I would like to thank you for serving our country and encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities the Tennessee Department of Correction has to offer."

Donell Peterson, Jr.


"The Tennessee Department of Correction has continued to facilitate and support my career as a citizen solder in the Tennessee Army National Guard and I have in turn been able to utilize the skills I've learned as a soldier within the Department of Correction."

James R. Fox