Veterans For Peace

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is the military's entrance exam that is given to prospective recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations (NO, the career field recommendations are military-oriented, NOT general or generic).

The three-hour test is primarily (per DoD and military branch procedures) used as a recruiting tool in thousands of schools across the U.S. and Territories (Ref. USAREC Pamphlet 350-13, “School Recruiting Program Handbook,” – an Army marketing guide - for the number of times “ASVAB” is mentioned as a marketing tool, and, particularly, Section 6-5. “Benefits”)

It’s primary purpose is to gain valuable information on hundreds of thousands of high school students across the country every year, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 18.

For those that might be interested, the United States Military Entrance Processing Command’s information processing regulations for military enlistees are spelled out in the following:
USMEPCOM Regulation 680-3, “Integrated Resource System (USMIRS)”
USMEPCOM Regulation 601-4, “Student Testing Program”

In many cases, students take the test without parental knowledge or consent and parental notification is not consistent among U.S. schools.

There are eight data reporting options for the test results, but only ONE, Option 8, that supposedly prohibits distribution to military recruiters who use the data to specifically and purposefully target potential high school graduates into the military.

Note, FERPA_Reg_CFR 34 Part99, “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations” technically defines student records limited availability, but the DoD ASVAB test results are “not limited” to that.

Unless the school that is used for the testing, establishes "Option 8" for reporting purposes, all of the information from each test is given to local military recruiters to be able to conduct more effective sales pitches to our youth.

THIS is where those that are outraged at such an invasion of privacy that leads to a stacked deck in recruiting children into the military can make a difference: convince your local school officials to, if they haven’t done so already, REQUIRE Option 8 reporting for all ASVAB testing.

What is the AFQT?

The Armed Forces Qualification Test Score (AFQT) is a single number which is a percentile derived from four of the nine ASVAB subtests (maximum of 99): Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Word Knowledge (WK), Mathematics Knowlege (MK), and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

Each branch of the military has a minimum AFQT score for entry (currently, in addition to a high school diploma, the minimums are USAF 36, Army 31, Navy 35, Marines 32, Coast Guard 40) and the higher that score is, the more jobs open up to the enlistee. My score when I enlisted put me in the 96th percentile of all enlistees at the time so they put me (I had little choice) in an apparently “highly desirable” field, Special (nuclear) Weapons Electronics… somebody tell where I could get a civilian job with THAT specialty!

We could include VOLUMES of boring info on this topic (and we have in the past) but detailed info as well as ASVAB School Testing Data by Years, State & Territory, in Excel Format, can be found at the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy.

Alternatively, a VERY GOOD website to visit, is nnomy.org, and/or download that organization’s NNOMY Reader ( NNOMY Reader: Voices from the U.S. Counter-recruitment Movement)

Resources

What You Don't Know About ROTC

An ex-Army Ranger's new mission to educate students considering joining the ROTC.

Who Benefits From War

Safeguard Young Adults From Military Recruitment

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