What Does a High ASVAB Score Do for Me?

appleguy123

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I wasn't planning on joining the military, but I would consider anything if it will be good for my future. Juniors are forced to take the test, and it was mainly technical skills and automotive stuff, so I was afraid that I would do laughably bad. I got my scores back a little while ago, and I got a 90! What does this allow me to do in the Military? Will it help me to pay for college? Thanks for the responses. This really just came to me and I have no clue what to do.
 

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I had a 99 and when I got out of bootcamp, I was made an electrician’s mate and not an electronics technician, which is what I joined up for many many years ago. When I asked WTF, I was told “needs of the Navy.” So, my ASVAB scores didn’t mean crap. The other moral to the story is don’t join and expect something unless it’s in your contract.

Oh, and don’t join. It’s not a good time.
 
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I wasn't planning on joining the military, but I would consider anything if it will be good for my future. Juniors are forced to take the test, and it was mainly technical skills and automotive stuff, so I was afraid that I would do laughably bad. I got my scores back a little while ago, and I got a 90! What does this allow me to do in the Military? Will it help me to pay for college? Thanks for the responses. This really just came to me and I have no clue what to do.
The higher the score, the more eligeable you are for certain jobs in the military.

I know a girl who couldn't get above a 13 on her ASVAB. Yep....13...
 

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The higher the score, the more eligible you are for certain jobs in the military.

^^^correct^^^ the job listings are grouped by score. get a high enough score, and you get to pick from any group. hint: good jobs are in the top group!

it may have changed by now, but get a good enough score, pick the job you want, and if the recruiter at MEPS tells you it's full, tell them to pull a slot from next year. they may not like it and make you sit around for a day or two... they have a 5-10% overage window they can use to get people with good scores into good jobs. best of luck.
 

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^^^correct^^^ the job listings are grouped by score. get a high enough score, and you get to pick from any group. hint: good jobs are in the top group!

it may have changed by now, but get a good enough score, pick the job you want, and if the recruiter at MEPS tells you it's full, tell them to pull a slot from next year. they may not like it and make you sit around for a day or two... they have a 5-10% overage window they can use to get people with good scores into good jobs. best of luck.
I had to do something similar. I wanted in a certain job because I was a reservist and I wanted to be in a unit near my college. They told me there were no slots available for that job so I walked out of the room and told my recruiter I didn't want to join (this was at MEPS), so he had me wait for a few minutes, he went in and talked to the guys and oh look! The MOS magically appeared and it had bonuses with it (DO not sign if you don't get a bonus FYI).
 

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Some guys get 13 and below too. If you go to a recruiting office, look for the recruiter with a rock on his desk. Ask him about it. (Means he sent someone to take ASVAB and they got a 13 or below).

Air Force 3CO is (was) a hot job ten years ago. Bonus for completing school and crazy high re-enlistment bonus. (Computer Operations Specialist).
 

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i joined the military, my sister joined the Air Force...

Will I need the ASVAB for AF ROTC?
no, i don't believe so. the ASVAB is for enlisted personnel and OCS recruits.

i believe that you will be taking the AFOQT based on my sister being an AF officer. study. lots. it similar to the SAT/ACT and matters lots when selecting branch/job and all that. best of luck.

ps. study. lots. pre-test. study more...:)
 

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If you get a 90 and try to enlist in the Navy, they will INSIST you sign up for their nuclear program. I mean, you have the choice, but they will REALLY try to get you to choose the nuclear program.

I scored a 93 on my ASVAB and they really wouldn't show me any other jobs...Granted the nuclear division has some great benefits...Accelerated advancement-go in as E3, E4 in a year, etc. etc...
 

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If you get a 90 and try to enlist in the Navy, they will INSIST you sign up for their nuclear program. I mean, you have the choice, but they will REALLY try to get you to choose the nuclear program.

I scored a 93 on my ASVAB and they really wouldn't show me any other jobs...Granted the nuclear division has some great benefits...Accelerated advancement-go in as E3, E4 in a year, etc. etc...
What sort of things did you do in the Nuclear Program?
How much did it pay you? Signing bonus?
 

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Well the nuclear division is broken into 3 different jobs. Electronics Technician, Electricians Mate, and Machinist Mate. Note that these jobs are VERY different than what conventional ET, EM, and MM's do.

ET(Electronics Technician) takes care of all the computer related aspects of maintaining and operating the ships nuclear reactor. EM's handle the electrical aspect of it, and MM's handle the piping and make sure all the physical components do what they are supposed to do, when they are supposed to do it.

You WILL sign a NDA upon enlistment, and will recieve a government clearance after A school, but before C school. That means that what I learned and did I cannot talk about for 99 years or until I die, whichever comes first.

My sign-on bonus was 40,000, but I made them beg a bit to enlist me...Pay is same as other jobs, HOWEVER accelerated advancement means you make more money and rank higher than other ALOT faster than you would in other jobs.(BTW, people with other jobs despise this, HEHE)

If you are scientifically inclined, i.e. REALLY advanced chemistry, physics(both conventional and quantum), and math, then it is AWESOME.

The nuclear program is beyond stressful according to my coworkers who did that in the Navy
Yes, it is unbelievably stressful. The general "type" that goes for this job is the loner types and the ones who got A's school without even cracking a book. Unfortunately that adds to the stress, because most have to relearn study habits.
 

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I've thought fairly seriously about trying for a teacher position at Nuclear Power School.

In fact, still am thinking about it :)
 

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If you are scientifically inclined, i.e. REALLY advanced chemistry, physics(both conventional and quantum), and math, then it is AWESOME.


Yes, it is unbelievably stressful. The general "type" that goes for this job is the loner types and the ones who got A's school without even cracking a book. Unfortunately that adds to the stress, because most have to relearn study habits.
How long do they make you work for them? You basically described me in this quote, but I'd really like to be an Evolutionary Biologist at some point in my life.
 

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For the NUPOC program, do I have to get a degree in something related to Nuclear Operations, or can it be in anything I want(Biology)?
To my understanding, it needs to be a technical degree (engineering, hard sciences, etc)

Qualifications
Because of the exclusive nature of the NUPOC program and the magnitude of the responsibilities members will take on from a young age, requirements to become a candidate are comprehensive – and competition for acceptance is great.

The NUPOC program is open to both men and women. Beyond that, the following basic qualification criteria apply.

Age and Health
To be an eligible candidate, you must:

Be a U.S. citizen
Be at least 19 years of age and less than 29 years of age at the time of commissioning – waivers up to age 31 may be available for Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) positions
Meet the physical standards of the Navy

Education
Candidates must be graduates or students of an accredited college or university in the United States or in a United States territory pursuing a BA, BS or MS (preferably majoring in mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry or other technical areas). Those still in school may apply as early as their sophomore year of college and must have:

Completed one academic year of calculus
Completed one academic year of calculus-based physics
A competitive GPA and a minimum grade of “C” in all technical courses
 

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The higher your score, the more options you have.

What field you go in and what branch of military is a personal choice.

If you are very strong in math and science and have the discipline to study, being a nuke can be good, but only if being on a submarine for months at a time in cramped quarters is something you are good with. (you could also be on a carrier)

As you think about it, consider where you could be stationed, what you will do all day and what kind of life you will have. I know many people who had the ability to be a nuke and chose not to. In the end, they enjoyed what they did and earned their college degree just the same.
 

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Call me a coward, but how likely am I to be killed doing a job like this? :eek:
Minimal. You spend a strong majority of your job in the engine room/below deck on an aircraft carrier. Remember these guys fire the long range guns 5 miles offshore LOL.

BTW, I say Aircraft carrier because in the nuclear program the only ships nuclear powered are aircraft carriers, and submarines. You have to volunteer to go on a submarine. If you don't VOLUNTEER you go to an aircraft carrier.
 
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