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1.24.2011

20% of American Students Not Smart Enough for Military

A new report from Education Trust say that 1 on 5 high school students cannot score high enough to enlist in the armed forces.  The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Batter (ASVAB) consist of math and reading section amounting to one score.  There are subsections on science and problem solving skills.  In our more modern military, these skills are an absolute necessity. 
  • 16% of white applicants were ineligible
  • 29% of Hispanic test taker were ineligible
  • 39% of African-American students are ineligible
The military can be the gateway to higher education for many students.  But if our schools can't get them ready to even enter the military it is truly a dismal failure and dooms these students to be forever left behind.

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