Norwalk to Offer Military Aptitude Test

Owen Clingan, Staff Writer

As many know, the ASVAB is a required test to enlist in the military. So for anyone who wants to enlist after graduation, but doesn’t know where to start, you can start right here at school. Available to 11th and 12th grade students, anyone can sign up and take the test on April 12th at 11:30.

Kari Drymon, who is in charge of the ASVAB testing coming up, said that, “In order to go into certain branches of the military, you have to score a certain number.”

For many people looking to enlist, those certain numbers aren’t very clear until talking to a recruiter or unless you go looking specifically for them. So for those unaware, you can go to, search ‘The ASVAB Test’, click that first result, and then scroll down to ‘Branch Requirements’ and you’ll find those certain numbers you’re wondering about.

Mrs. Drymon also talked about the results given by the test. Saying, “It also gives you aptitudes in different areas, so that means it tells you what you could be good at.”

When it comes to important tests like these, having things categorized isn’t new. The ASVAB specifically is divided into seven categories which you can find further down on that article. While a lot of the categories share similarities in suggestions for what you could be good at, it all falls to the specific number.

From here you’ll really want a recruiter because they’ll make this next part a lot easier. Don’t know how to get one? If you have an idea on which branch you’ll go into, then you can find their website and look around in the menus for something along the lines of “Get in touch.”

Once you have your results and a recruiter, you’ll be able to find every job you meet the requirements for. According to Chad DeVolder, an Army recruiter, they’ll take those results, input them into their system which will give them that list, and then you’re recruiter will print it out and set up a meeting with you to review it. 

If you meet with a recruiter and have a few jobs in mind but want to know more about them, your recruiter knows people in many fields so they very well may know someone in the field you’re interested in. All you have to do is ask about it.

What if you miss the ASVAB being held by the school on April 12th? Well, you’ll still be able to test with MEPS, but what is it? MEPS buildings are all over the country and stand for ‘Military Entrance Program Station.’ If you want to take the ASVAB again after taking it through either the school or MEPS, you’ll have to wait three months first.

In the end, you’ll need a recruiter somewhere along the way and the earlier you can meet with one the better. That’s everything you need to know about the ASVAB, and some of what you’ll have to look forward to if you’re looking to enlist after high school.