Look at the teenagers here. They’re leaping and jumping for joy. They’re free and wild, and nobody is going to be able to hold them back, right!
Life’s a journey. Discover your possibilities… holding a gun, and then get shot in the head.
I found out about the ASVAB scam this week from a friend who has a teenage son. It must be a rotten time to have teenage kids, or to be a teenager, for that matter. Career opportunities are at a generation-long low. It’s frightening to have a high school child facing the looming need for employment at a time when there are so few jobs worth having.
In the face of these economic difficulties, some career guidance sure would come in handy, right? Enter the ASVAB.
My friend’s son goes to the Ithaca High School, which recently sent home the letter you see down below (click it to read it for yourself). It describes a ASVAB Career Exploration Program by the “Syracuse MEPS”. What’s a Syracuse MEP? The letter doesn’t say.
Syracuse MEPS is a Military Entrance Processing Station in Syracuse, New York, working under the Military Entrance Processing Command.
The letter from the Ithaca High School Student Services Department doesn’t offer a clue about that. It says that the ASVAB is a program that “consists of an aptitude test, an interest inventory, and a Career Exploration package which allows students to compare their current abilities, interests, and personal work values with over 400 real life jobs.”
Those 400 real life jobs are all in the military. ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. It’s a military entrance exam, the first step in becoming a professional soldier.
The letter my friend and her son received said nothing about that. Neither did the brochure that was sent home along with the letter. Both the Ithaca High School’s letter and the accompanying brochure created by the military are designed to trick students and their parents. The web site that the letter and brochure refer to, asvabprogram.com, is the same way, with only a tiny statement at the very bottom of the screen that reads The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is sponsored by the Department of Defense. The idea is to deceive high school kids and their parents into thinking that they’re receiving helpful civilian career counseling, while using the ASVAB test to obtain data that can be used by military recruiters.
It was only during the test that my friend’s son realized what he had gotten himself into. As he was getting ready to take the tests, he realized that the administrators of the test kept on talking about career opportunities in the military.
The ASVAB is being used all across America to seduce kids into joining the military. Deception and coercion are common. High school administrators often tell students that they’re required by federal law to take the military entrance test. That’s untrue – but since when has the truth ever bothered military recruiters trying to meet their quotas?
The Ithaca High School could have chosen not to go along with the ASVAB scam. The Ithaca City Schools is required by law to allow access to military recruiters, but it is not at all required to be silent in the face of deceptive practices military recruiters. The Ithaca High School Student Services Department could have chosen to send a separate message home to students along with the ASVAB promotional materials, making it clear that the ASVAB is a tool for military recruitment only.
Instead, the Ithaca High School chose not to inform their students, which is why I’m writing this article. The children and parents of Ithaca, New York deserve to know the truth about ASVAB, so that they can learn an important lesson: You can’t trust authority. With the military, that’s doubly true.