Forced Military Testing in America's Schools

Samantha 2012/06/19 17:14:19

This is one of the reasons the U.S. is a highly militarized society.

The invasion of student privacy associated with military testing in U.S. high schools has been well documented by mainstream media sources, like USA Today and NPR Radio. The practice of mandatory testing, however, continues largely unnoticed.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB is the military's entrance exam that is given to fresh recruits to determine their aptitude for various military occupations. The test is also used as a recruiting tool in 12,000 high schools across the country. The 3 hour test is used by military recruiting services to gain sensitive, personal information on more than 660,000 high school students across the country every year, the vast majority of whom are under the age of 18. Students typically are given the test at school without parental knowledge or consent. The school-based ASVAB Career Exploration Program is among the military's most effective recruiting tools.

In roughly 11,000 high schools where the ASVAB is administered, students are strongly encouraged to take the test for its alleged value as a career exploration tool, but in more than 1,000 schools, according to information received from the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command through a Freedom of Information Act request, tens of thousands of students are required to take it. It is a particularly egregious violation of civil liberties that has been going on almost entirely unnoticed since the late 1960's.

Federal laws strictly monitor the release of student information, but the military manages to circumvent these laws with the administration of the ASVAB. In fact, ASVAB test results are the only student information that leaves U.S. schools without the opportunity provided for parental consent.

Aside from managing to evade the constraints of federal law, the military may also be violating many state laws on student privacy when it administers the ASVAB in public high schools. Students taking the ASVAB are required to furnish their social security numbers for the tests to be processed, even though many state laws specifically forbid such information being released without parental consent. In addition, the ASVAB requires under-aged students to sign a privacy release statement, a practice that may also be prohibited by many state laws.

A typical school announcement reads, "All Juniors will report to the cafeteria on Monday at 8:10 a.m. to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Whether you’re planning on college, a technical school, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can provide you with important information about your skills, abilities and interests – and help put you on the right course for a satisfying career!" This announcement or one very similar to it greets students in more than a thousand high schools across the country. There's no mention of the military or the primary purpose of the test, which is to find leads for recruiters.

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  • Will on the road again 2012/06/19 21:46:12
    Will on the road again
    This is an interesting post. You sound very passionate about the subject. There are over 27,000 high schools in the US. You are saying that 1000 require the testing and 11,000 do it on a voluntary basis. Is there any information on who is requiring the testing? Is it the school, state gov, fed gov, etc? And what happens if the student refuses to take the test? Just questions that come to mind.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/06/19 18:58:59
    Sgt Major B
    Skip the testing - just draft 'em all!!

    With the current military end-strength set at 2,555,100, I don't believe the US, with a population of more than 313,000,000, is in any danger of becoming 'a highly militarized society'. (That's .8 % of the population currently serving in the total military, if you were gonna do the calculation. That leaves the other 99.2% wanderin' around with nobody in charge!)

    Recommend you find another horse to beat on.
  • Samantha Sgt Maj... 2012/06/19 20:54:30
    U.S. society, including pop culture and sports, is totally militarized.
  • Sgt Maj... Samantha 2012/06/19 23:55:56
    Sgt Major B
    ... .8% vs 99.2%..... totally militarized...???

  • Samantha Sgt Maj... 2012/06/20 16:15:10
    Militarism is a cancer on the body politic of the United States.
  • Sgt Maj... Samantha 2012/06/20 17:02:51
    Sgt Major B
    And I suppose you honestly believe that pacifists are going to keep you free??
  • Javimendo 2012/06/19 17:34:16
    And the problem is?

    Get over it.
  • Samantha Javimendo 2012/06/19 17:35:34
    I have no intention of getting over it; I will fight against the continued militarization of American society.
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/06/19 17:26:39
    It is one test in your whole school career. I don't think that that is going to militarize our society.
  • Samantha cmdrbnd007 2012/06/19 17:27:29
    Of course, these types of things do militarize our society.

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