The ASVAB is the military’s 3-hour enlistment exam.
About 700,000 students in 12,000 high schools now take the ASVAB across the country every year. In mid-February, 2018 we expect to receive FOIA information from the Pentagon detailing all schools across the country where the ASVAB is administered for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. Check back for recent data on your state.
Military regulations say the primary purpose of the ASVAB “Career Exploration Program” is to find leads for recruiters.
The ASVAB provides coveted information the Pentagon cannot purchase or find on social media regarding the cognitive abilities of kids.
The ASVAB also collects social security numbers, a practice prohibited by many state laws.
The military proctors the test with the assistance of school staff. If the schools gave the ASVAB, the results would be deemed to be educational records and thus, subject to FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the federal law that calls for parental consent before information on children is released to third parties.
Unless you live in Maryland, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, ASVAB results are the only student information leaving your state's classrooms without parental consent.
Students in nearly 1,000 high schools across the country were required to take the ASVAB while others were encouraged to do so during the 2013-2014 year.
To prevent testing information from reaching recruiters, schools must tell the military before the test that “ASVAB ReleaseOption 8” must be used for ALL the students who are tested. Option 8 means the military can’t use the results to recruit kids.