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This form has a slot for Mandatory ASVAB.  See page 25.  That designation is awarded 6 points compared to the 4 points awarded to a school that voluntarily tests juniors and/or seniors.  Is the Army encouraging recruiters to push mandatory ASVAB in the high schools?  USMEPCOM Regulation 601-4, states that DOD personnel are prohibited from suggesting to school officials that the test be made mandatory.
See page 237 of this rather candid assessment of the ASVAB program.   “The students are tested, and the results are provided to the school administrators, to the students and to Armed Forces recruiting personnel... Because of the value of institutional testing to our recruiting efforts, commanding officers of recruiting stations have a responsibility to introduce and "sell" non-participating schools on the idea of using the ASVAB… However, the Secretary of Defense has directed that all publicity materials on institutional testing published by the Armed Forces, including recruiting field activities, must contain the following statement,“The ASVAB is used by the Armed Forces for recruiting purposes and by school counselors for vocational guidance counseling."
Senate Bill 778 Opposition Letter Senate Bill 778 Opposition LetterTooltip 11/15/2011 Hits: 1460

Letter of appeal to Senate Ways and Means Committee by Baltimore Military Processing Office in opposition to Senate Bill 778, requiring public schools to automatically assume Option 8 in relation to ASVAB test reporting. - Submitted by Patrick Elder

This form, sent to us by Prince George's County, Maryland school officials, was supplied to school officials by the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command, (USMEPCOM).  The form omits Option 8.  Compare it with the "ASVAB Test request Form" list separately in this document section.

USMEPCOM Regulation 601.4; 7/25/05:
See pages 12 & 13 for Options 1-8
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Enlistment Qualification Tests Enlistment Qualification TestsTooltip 02/21/2007 Hits: 3628
USMEPCOM Regulation 611-1; 6/6/06
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USAREC Regulation 601-59; 7/31/96
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ASVAB Test Request Form ASVAB Test Request FormTooltip 05/03/2008 Hits: 3497

Unofficial forms like this are created by individual Military Entrance Processing Stations to gather test scheduling information from local schools. Military regulations do not refer to any such form or require that such a form be used; consequently, they are not used in every region and can differ in content. For example, compare this ASVAB Test Request Form to one that was presented to Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland (list separately in this document section). This form allows school officials to select Option 8, which precludes ASVAB test results from reaching military recruiters, but the list of options on the Prince George's County form did NOT include Option 8!

This form is used by ASVAB test proctors to record data regarding the administration of the ASVAB.  It is not filled out by school personnel. Notice there's a column for information pertaining to the proctor and the "Responsible Recruiter," as well as a section to indicate the recruiter release option. In practice, if a school has not communicated a chosen option, it will be option 1 by default.  The form also provides a category for reporting whether the test is mandatory for students in selected grades. USMEPCOM Regulation 601.4 states that DOD personnel are prohibited from suggesting to school officials that the test be made mandatory.

ASVAB Counselor Manual ASVAB Counselor ManualTooltip 03/14/2008 Hits: 3930

This manual is offered by the military to high school counselors. It contains, among other things, the hard-to-find information about recruiter release options. It does not, however, explain exactly how to exercise those options in the outline of steps to take when scheduling the ASVAB at a school.

ASVAB Answer Sheet ASVAB Answer SheetTooltip 05/03/2008 Hits: 3799

This three-page ASVAB form, (DD Forrm 1304-5AS is in use in most of the nation's high schools.  The Privacy Act Statement requires students to relinquish their personal information.  The answer sheet indicates where students must fill in their social security numbers.

This Armed Services regulation includes: Dept. of Army Reg. 601-22; Dept. of the Navy, OPNAVINST 1100.5; Dept. of the Air Force, AF JI 36-2016; The U.S. Marine Corps MCP 1130-52E; and The U.S. Coast Guard, CG COMDTINST M-1130-24A.  It's all here!

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