A lot of people think that when you join the military you just take a few tests, sign on the dotted line, and then go to boot camp. Well there is more to it than that. In the modern military, the job you have is directly linked to how well you perform on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery. This test, known as the ASVAB, not only determines what job you are likely to have in the military, but the better that you do on the test allows you more choice and more control over your future. For this reason, it is wise to consider preparing to take the ASVAB.
What is also not widely known, is that there is a minimum score that you must receive on the ASVAB test in order to join the military. Law prevents persons that score below a minimum score from even joining, which would be very embarrassing to happen to a person. In addition, each of the Armed Forces has a minimum combined score on certain elements, that they require to enlist in their service. Each of the five Armed Services in the United States Military has a different requirement. The ASVAB has several area of skill testing that is present on the test. Areas such as vocabulary, science, math, and general knowledge are part of the test. Other areas include electronics knowledge, mechanics, auto and shop, and other mechanical ability testing.
So what should a person do that wants to enlist?
Study, Study, Study- Many people do not realize, but you can target areas of the ASVAB to study and attempt to raise your score. There are a large number of commercial study books available that you can buy to study for the ASVAB test. There are also a number of Internet web sites, including a couple of free sites, where you can take a practice test, and find out where you need to study.
It depends on the amount of choice that you want to have. There is no overall combined score for the ASVAB, different elements of the test are compiled and added together to achieve different composite scores. Different elements are added differently, for different areas and each of the different Armed Services require a different score for different things.