Details About the ASVAB Program

Everything You Need to Know About ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is conducted in three levels:

  • The Paper-and-Pencil based test (P&P-ASVAB)
  • The Computerized test (CAT-ASVAB)
  • The Career Exploration Program

The P&P-ASVAB and CAT-ASVAB are administered for candidates who wish to enlist in the Armed Forces. It measures their aptitude to join military services and also tests the skills required for a particular job.

The Career Exploration Program for ASVAB is administered for students of 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in school; freshman at high-school are not eligible to enroll in this  program that serve various purposes for high-school students.

  • It apprises students about careers in the Armed Forces.
  • It makes them acknowledge their interest and skills so that they can find out whether they are equipped to join military services.

This program promotes awareness about careers and jobs in the Armed Forces. At the same time, it brings about self-awareness amongst students by allowing them to think about their interests and career prospects, or whether they have the ability to join the military services.

What is ASVAB Program?

The career assessment program aims to provide students with an overview of military services. It is also a definite way of helping the students to plan their future. This program  is a free service that is offered to all the students from 10th to 12th grade. It helps students understand the various categories and jobs available in different branches of the Armed Forces.

The students who enroll for the program are provided both printed and web materials to help them learn more about the services. The students are encouraged to introspect and find out the areas of their interest so that they can embark on an enriching and fulfilling career.

The students can also take ASVAB aptitude test that helps them to understand their strengths and weaknesses so that they can build on them accordingly. It also helps them to determine whether they are eligible to join the armed services. They are provided with a score report, which includes the standard scores, percentile scores, program score, and the score required for enlistment.

Components of the ASVAB Program

The career exploration provides students with planners and schedules that can help them understand and plan their career in a systematic way. For example, students are provided with a 'Course Planner', which is a checklist of courses that a student needs to graduate in according to their chosen occupational aspiration. The planner includes a list of the Basic courses required to graduate, the General courses, as well as the Specialized courses one needs to graduate in. In this way, students can check whether their school/college offers these courses, else they might need to enroll at an institution that offers the course. According to his/her liking and interest, students can note down the first and second preference of their occupational goals and plan which courses they need to take in order to focus on it. Thereafter, they need to talk to parents and their counselor to discuss their plan and gain more knowledge about how to prepare for it.

Students are also provided with  'My Educational and Career Plans Summary Sheet' that helps them plan and note down their effort towards their goals. The sheet provides an actual insight into a student's planning and self-exploration.

Miscellaneous Information

The career assessment program is supplemented with many other resources, such as:

  • The ASVAB Career Exploration Guide
  • The Military Careers Guide
  • The website
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • O*NET OnLine from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

All of the above resources include exhaustive information about the United States Armed Forces; they provide a complete insight into military services, which can help students in selecting a career/job they are interested in.