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Re: A valedictorian speaks her mind

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:28 am

Pala wrote:I lucked out with finding drafting and CAD in high school. I loved math too. I agree with what you say though. A lot of times we might only know the basics in school and then later find specialties. Everyone has to take the standard classes for the basic education. Some schools have the AP classes or you can sign up for college courses while in high school. That's a pretty great system but having paid for college I can see how it would be expensive for a school district. Even if I slacked off in high school I'm happy we have libraries and I can still go back to college if I wanted to. Heck, when I was a kid I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I found out you also had to put animals down I decided against the career. When we had the job fairs in elementary school I always visited the mortician class. Yeah, I didn't really have much of a plan set out so I'm glad that later on I've fine tuned my interests while still being receptive to new ideas.

Yeah when I left high school I didn't know what I wanted to do. I enjoyed working with computers and had an aptitude for it, and I certainly have enjoyed my career in that field. However, when I left high school having played sports pretty much every day for the last 12 years, I couldn't imagine myself sitting in an office all day, so computers were definitely not my focus.
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Re: A valedictorian speaks her mind

Postby Fivelives » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:50 am

Fridmarr, I was the only person taking the ASVAB that day that scored over the 90th percentile. And all of my composites were 100+. We had quite a few people that day get disqualified from serving in any branch of the military due to <49th percentile scoring.

The ASVAB is administered at MEPS, not recruiters - maybe you're thinking of the practice ASVAB that recruiters give?
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Re: A valedictorian speaks her mind

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:29 pm

Fivelives wrote:Fridmarr, I was the only person taking the ASVAB that day that scored over the 90th percentile. And all of my composites were 100+. We had quite a few people that day get disqualified from serving in any branch of the military due to <49th percentile scoring.

The ASVAB is administered at MEPS, not recruiters - maybe you're thinking of the practice ASVAB that recruiters give?

No I'm certain, and recruiters are involved. Anyone that didn't qualify, I wouldn't have seen their score since I was doing career matching. I'm fairly certain at that time (1994) the percentage score was not relative to others taking the test. They just have some standard brackets and a formula for generating a "score" that really wasn't even based on the whole test. Like the mechanical and clerical portions of the test, I don't think were weighed in that score, but just for career paths.

As far as where you take the test, if I remember correctly, most states only have one MEPS station. Unless you live near it, you probably won't be taking the test there as a high school student. Most of the time, they'll just administer the test right at your school (I took mine in my high school library). Those events are pre planned though, so if you are in a big hurry or something you may have to hike to a MEPS station, but you can't just walk in, you will generally need to set that up via a recruiter.
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Re: A valedictorian speaks her mind

Postby Fivelives » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:50 pm

The recruiters sent me to MEPS in 1997, even though I lived 400+ miles away and in a big enough town that had an airport with daily commuter flights. MEPS also did the physical and (if needed) mental screenings to determine military eligibility. It's a two-day process, or it was when I joined in '97.

The ASVAB has(had) two different scores, an overall percentile score that determined whether or not you even qualify for military service, then beyond that is the composite category that scores you on your aptitude for different jobs in the military.
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Re: A valedictorian speaks her mind

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:36 pm

Fivelives wrote:The recruiters sent me to MEPS in 1997, even though I lived 400+ miles away and in a big enough town that had an airport with daily commuter flights. MEPS also did the physical and (if needed) mental screenings to determine military eligibility. It's a two-day process, or it was when I joined in '97.

The ASVAB has(had) two different scores, an overall percentile score that determined whether or not you even qualify for military service, then beyond that is the composite category that scores you on your aptitude for different jobs in the military.

That's what I mean, MEPS are pretty rare. I also had to hike to mine and be put up in a hotel and all that jazz(twice even). MEPS does the major in-processing and the physicals, they don't necessarily do the testing.
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