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The Ups and Downs of ASVAB: Fluctuations in Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Scores and Implications for U.S. Army Force Readiness

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NDU/JFSC Joint Advanced Warfighting School NORFOLK United States

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The U.S. military is transitioning away from traditional ground wars and moving toward high-tech future wars in emerging domains. Future conflict will be more complex and the focus on technology by all branches of the military means an ever-increasing need for qualified and talented recruits who possess the basic skills required to be successful in todays military, and the aptitude and increased capability to maneuver within these emerging technologies of the future. This research analyzes the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB, an aptitude test used by all branches of the armed services and identifies what the changes in scores for Army enlisted applicants from 2003 to 2015 could mean for future Army force readiness.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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