Military Recruiting: Are We Passing The Test?January 4th, 2011 - 9:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington DC, Jan 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new report has revealed that about 25 percent of high school graduates fail their basic military entrance examination.
The trend has troubled some top officials of the military. Some are even suggesting that there should be a change in the educational system to help curb the problem. They described the issue as that of national security.
The US army uses the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam which is commonly called ASVAB. The exams consist of 99 questions and potential recruits should have at least 31 to pass the exams.
That mark is missed by almost 1 in four high school graduates that sit for the exams in the United States.
The Education Trust came up with the report and the vice president, Amy Wilkins said that, “The workforce of the Army so closely mirrors the civilian workforce that if kids aren’t ready for jobs in the Army, they also aren’t ready for jobs in the civilian workforce.”
African-Americans and Latinos hold the unfortunate record of having the highest rate of failures. That is very worrying to the army because the two ethnic groups have high concentration in the army.
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