Are you taking the military entrance exam in school?

December 11, 2006 at 7:01 pm 3 comments

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test

It’s that time of year again…when public schools, required by law to offer students 2 career aptitude tests, are lured by the Pentagon to offer their free Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The problem is that this test is actually part of the entrance exam to get into the military, and is geared to tell you only what military jobs you would be best suited for. Oh, and in the process of taking the test they also collect all of your contact information, so that even if you ‘opted-out’ of giving your information to recruiters at the beginning of the year, they have it now.

Read this story on what high schoolers in Georgia did 2 weeks ago to organize against the ASVAB. Take action at your school when they try to offer the ASVAB!

No matter what your anyone says, you don’t have to take the ASVAB. Demand alternatives from your counselor, tell them you’ll take another test, but not this one since you aren’t going into the military so it is useless for you to take it. If you get nowhere with your counselor, take it to the principal, then the schoolboard.  Check out www.StudentPeaceAction.org or email SPAN@Peace-Action.org for more info and ideas. Call your local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union up and tell them the story, ask for their support and what your next steps should be. 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Young-jun Son  |  December 13, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Hi. I’m Korean student. I have thought US is free country and
    county keep individual privacy. Even US has this immorality…
    In Korea, Person who are over age of 18 have to make a resident card and give goverment his or her fingerprint, and male that is 20 years old have to have physical and psychology to enter the military. this is almost forced burden. I have to join army in Feb, 2007, and trained as soldier for 2 years. I wish South Korea and North Korea make one unified nation-men not to join army, and I think tis situation also make sexual discrimination in Korea.

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  • 2. spanblog  |  December 14, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I’m not sure how this is dealt with in North or South Korea, but have you thought of applying for conscientious objector status? Some countries don’t acknowledge the right for it, though international human rights law does, but it’s something worth looking into. Check out the War Resisters International website (http://www.wri-irg.org/), they do a lot of work with people resisting mandatory military service and can offer support or ideas.

    It’s hard for a country to choose diplomacy or peace when their economy and society is focused around continuing conflict and militarism. Know that you aren’t alone in the struggle, and good luck.

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  • 3. john  |  January 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Conscientious Objector Status my foot! Say it the way it really is. YOU ARE A COWARD. Just because someone goes in the armed forces doesn’t mean they have to go to war. Go into a career that will keep you state side. FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!!! Two years of service for your country isn’t much to ask. We have men and women giving their lives to protect OUR country and our FREEDOM. People who refuse to go into the military are selfish, uncaring individuals. Without the military we would not be a free country.

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