In the “dumbing down of America” corner, congratulations to the state of Minnesota for doing away with that pesky need to finish high school. Now you have options: You can either take the GED, or you can take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). Students don’t even have to pass the test as the new law requires no specific score to meet the requirement.
The worst part is that neither the school nor the US Military is required to tell you that your child has taken the test. The information regarding students’ ASVAB scores are sent directly to the local recruiter, along with the student’s social security number, date of birth, name, race, gender, and address, as well as any other demographic information the school might have on record, such as family income. This is done on a voluntary basis at the request of the military because the law has no privacy protections built into it.
While it may seem like a good way to market the military to underachievers, it is also undermining any chance the parents might have of finding another solution for children whose grades are flagging. The ASVAB is specifically a test to find potential recruits in junior and senior high school grades, according to Section 6-2 of the Army Recruiting Command’s School Recruiting Program Handbook.
Some see the move as a way to cut the influence of parents completely out of the loop in the decision-making process about enlisting in the military.