Important Facts about ASVAB for Students and Parents
It is the most widely used aptitude test in American Schools today.
It is offered free of charge to all public and private secondary and post-secondary schools.
There are no military obligations of any kind connected with taking the test.
It is not a “pass/fail” test. The test permits students to compare their academic and occupational aptitude scores with those of other students throughout the United States.
It provides measures of general learning ability that are useful for predicting performance in academic areas.
It is designed especially to measure the potential for success in occupations that require formal courses of instruction or on-the-job-training it can predict what a person could accomplish with training or further education.
A careful examination of test scores will increase the student’s self-understanding and establish a realistic foundation for making future choices.
Some Myths and Facts about ASVAB
MYTH: “If I take the ASVAB, I will have to go into the military.”
FACT: The ASVAB carries no military obligation. About 900,000 students take the test every year, and only 7 percent, by their own choice, actually enter military service.
MYTH: “I intend to go to college, so the ASVAB will be of no help to me.”
FACT: The ASVAB can help every student, regardless of future educational plans. Nationally, over 30 percent of the students starting college never make it to their sophomore year, and over 50 percent of those who stay in college will change their majors at least once. The ASVAB will assist students in making realistic decisions about career paths based on actual abilities and aptitudes.
FYI. Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule SAT/ACT testing between October and December.
Congressional Office Nomination and Application Deadline dates
USAF Congressional Nomination deadline 1/31/2021 and application deadline date 2/28/21
USNA nomination deadline date 1/31/2021 and application deadline date 2/28/21
USMA nominations and applications need to be in prior to 1/31/21
USMM nomination deadline prior to 1/31/21 and application deadline date 2/1/21
US Military Academies -
The service academies are federal institutions that provide undergraduate education and train future commissioned officers for service in the United States Armed Forces. Applying to a Military Service Academy is a rigorous, highly-competitive, and lengthy process only for the most determined and qualified candidates. Students pay no tuition while at a service academy, but they are required to serve in the military upon graduation.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program offered at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the country that prepares young adults to become officers in the military. Below are resources if you are interested in learning more.