What is the ASVAB?
The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a test used by the military to determine a recruit's suitability for various military careers. The test is administered by the military, and individuals who wish to take the ASVAB must fulfill a number of requirements in order to register for the ASVAB.
How to Register for the ASVAB
A military recruiter registers individuals for the ASVAB. They make arrangements for qualified applicants to take the ASVAB at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) if one is close to where the applicant lives. If an MEPS is not available near where the applicant lives, then the military recruiter may register the applicant to take the test at a satellite Military Entrance Test (MET) location.
Individuals should decide which branch of the military they are interested in joining before they contact a recruiter, since each military branch has their own recruiters in place. Information about different opportunities and the different branches of the military is available online (www.todaysmilitary.com).
Qualifying for the ASVAB
The ASVAB can only be taken by individuals who meet the military entrance requirements. Whether an applicant fulfills the criteria is determined by a military recruiter. Once the military recruiter concludes that the applicant meets the basic admission requirements, they schedule the applicant for the ASVAB.
Each branch of the military has specific age guidelines that apply to applicants. Individuals as young as 17 can join, but those who are not 18 years of age when enlisting must have signed consent from a parent.
The Army takes active duty applicants up to 35 years of age. The cut-off age for joining the Marine Corps is 29, while the Navy takes active members up to the age of 34. The Air Force has the highest admission age for active duty members, accepting applicants up to the age of 39. The Coast Guard has the youngest cut-off age; it does not take applicants who are more than 27 years old.
While the age requirements for Army and Marine Corps reserves are the same as their age restrictions for active duty applicants, the Navy considers reserves who are 18 to 39 years old. The Air Force cuts off eligibility for joining the reserves at the age of 38 and the Coast Guard extends eligibility for the reserves to the age of 39.
Physical Fitness Requirements
Individuals must meet physical fitness requirements in order to join the military. Their weight and physical condition are considered when determining if they are suitably fit for a miltary career. Applicants are expected to pass a physical screening.
Individuals must have documentation to establish that they are U.S. citizens or that they are permanent residents of the United States.
A high school diploma, GED or other accepted high school equivalency credential is required to qualify to join the military.
Preparing for the ASVAB
Using online study guide materials is one way to ensure that you have thoroughly prepared for the ASVAB. Online materials also have the benefit of being easily accessible from a computer or tablet. ASVAB study resource materials, such as the ones linked to here, ensure that you focus on reviewing the information that will be covered on the ASVAB.
- ASVAB Study Guide
- ASVAB General Science: Practice & Study Guide
- ASVAB Mathematics Knowledge: Practice & Study Guide