3/4ths Under 24 Inellgible for Armed Service; 23% Can’t Pass Entrance Exam
Or so reports the Associated Press. Nearly one in four high school graduates do not achieve the minimum score required on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battern (ASVAB) to enlist in any of the armed services. Moreover, three out of four of those between the ages of 17 and 24 are disqualified either because they are not high school graduates or because of a physical disqualification or criminal record.
Given the nation’s continued reliance on all volunteer armed forces, I find the second fact oddly reassuring. That the Army, in particular, can continue to maintain such standards despite its continued need for significant numbers of new accessions every year is frankly impressive.
I suppose supporters of public schools can take some comfort as well in the fact that three-quarters of our high school graduates, amazingly enough, can “answer basic math, science and reading questions.” (Sample ASVAB questions here and here.)
Way to go, America’s public schools!