Armed Services Want YOUA recent article was published that discusses the ASVAB. The ASVAB test is part of an Armed Services recruiting program and takes three and a half hours to administer. The test is administered to 650,000 students each year. Over 1,000 schools make it mandatory. Curtis Gilroy, who oversees all active duty recruiting for the Defense Department, says the U.S. military has nothing to do with how school officials administer the ASVAB or release the results."The ASVAB really is to the military what the SAT is to colleges and universities," Gilroy says.

"The parents have a right to know," says Sheila Hixson, who leads the House Ways and Means Committee in the Maryland Legislature. Hixson pushed through legislation making Maryland the only state in the country that no longer allows schools to administer the ASVAB to a student without parental approval. It also prevents schools from releasing the test results to military recruiters without parents' or students' permission.

bootcampBesides the stealth approach to test administration, the lost 3.5 hours of school time and the fact that Recruiters for the military can use the information to effectively recruit a student (touch their hot buttons, their passions, their ego), is the ASVAB an effective "talent assessment" that provides students with an accurate picture of their talent and potential careers (in and out of Armed Forces careers) that reward and leverage that talent? Can a recruiter for the armed forces whose performance is measured by recruiting results be objective in giving career guidance and counseling to students? From our perspective, they have the same objectivity challenge that recruiters at "for profit" schools face. They focus on what they are measured by - successful recruiting - not highly successful and satisfied young adults.