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Required To Take The Armed Services Exam?

From a reader:  "I have a student who is being required to take the Armed Services
Aptitude battery.  Do you know if everyone in CPS is required to take
this test?  This was the first I had hear of it.  Please let me know if
you know anything about this!"

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  • I know there are some JROTC programs that require it as part of the curriculum but I've never heard of any non-JROTC students being required to take it. When students take it, its a practice ASVAB not the actual test. The only people who take the real ASVAB are those who have officially enlisted in the military and its administered when you report for basic training.

  • Some of the career and technical education programs (formerly called Voc-Ed) also use the test because the military programs paid for it with taxpayer dollars. Other career inventories (such as the Strong Interest Inventory) cost the school money to administer.

    When I taught vocational business courses, I strongly urged my students to take the ASVAB, although I don't know of anyone actually requiring it.

  • For student attending CPS military academies and who plan on entering the military directly after high school taking the ASVAB before enlisting is critical. These students need to know their real options for training within the military before they enlist, not after. The ASVAB scores dictate much of those options, at least in the Army which I am personally most familar with.

    I would advise any CPS military academy student to go to any four year college they can get into and join ROTC, rather than directly enlisting from high school. Officers make far more than enlisted service personnel and have a higher survival rate in combat, and combat is the reality of today's military. As an officer you will also eventualy have access to entering graduate level programs at the expense of the military, also the US Army War College located near Harrisburg, PA is an outstanding school where officers can earn the Master of Strategic Studies Degree. In some cases officers in the Army have attended major colleges for graduate school at the expense of the government.

    In order to become an officer in the Army without a college degree by going to Officers Candidate School after active duty out of high school is in theory possible, but it rarelly ever happens.

    Rod Estvan

  • here's an article from slate about what is required on the ASVAB and how low a candidate can score and still be admissable

    http://www.slate.com/id/2133908/

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