Joining the Military Service require individuals to be ready to take on any form of challenge that will come their way. This is why there are steps that must be taken before individuals are enlisted into a military program. All interested individuals who want to enlist for the military need to talk to a recruiter, then go to the most accessible Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to take tests. These tests will measure their physical and mental capabilities. The tests are designed to determine if individuals are healthy to take on the challenges of military training.
Aside from the physical exam, the military uses the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to measure one’s intellectual capabilities. This test is divided into subtests that will be important later on in determining which rating an individual qualifies for. The different subtests are:
- General Science (GS)
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
- Automotive and Shop Information (AS)
- Electronics Information (EI)
- Assembling Objects (AO)
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
- Word Knowledge (WK)
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
If an individual decides to join the Navy, the required Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score is 35. An AFQT score is determined by adding subtest scores from AR, WK, PC, and MK. Depending on the service branch an individual decides to pursue, an AFQT is necessary to see if a person meets the score requirements.
If the individual passes their physical test and meets at least the minimum AFQT score of the branch of military service they want to take, the individual will undergo a career talk with a counselor about the specific role they want in the Navy. At the same time, the counselor looks at subtest scores to see if they match the role that an individual wants to pursue. Each job post or rating is dependent on subtest scores. In example, individuals who want to be an Air Traffic Controlman need to score 210 by adding the following subtests AR, MK(x2), and GS. Different ratings require different subtest scores that is why it is important for individuals to study for the ASVAB test. The higher the subtest scores, the higher the rating an individual can pursue.
The ASVAB plays a critical part in admitting an individual to military training. It determines which career or rating an individual will excel in. The aptitude test is found to be effective as it is widely used as an indicator for an individual’s career path. It can give individuals career information about military and civilian occupations.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat