The ASVAB is one of the most researched and respected aptitude assessments in the world. The Program is offered FREE to participating high schools as a public service. The program helps students to accurately identify their strengths. The Career Exploration Program (CEP) results give students a current snapshot of their skill levels. Furthermore, students gain access to the career exploration resources during a post-test score interpretation session. Then, they can independently explore any career that interests them. ASVAB CEP allows students to explore the world of work, rather than limiting their exploration by prescribing a career for them. Participating schools receive a comprehensive career development program that includes: a Multiple-Aptitude Test, Interest Inventory, and Career Exploration Tool.
The ASVAB testing is highly recommended for high school sophomores for the following reasons:
- Planning long-term career goals will ensure students are successful whether they decide on college, trade school or jumping into a fulfilling career after graduation
- The ASVAB can provide students with an idea how they may fare with the ACT. By getting an assessment early, there is plenty of time to address weaknesses
- Sophomores test are invalid for enlistment purposes regardless of age, so this test is about career exploration and not particularly military service
Junior ROTC programs are available for 9-12 graders. Taylorsville High School has an Army JROTC program, and Granger High School offers an Air Force JROTC program. Olympus students interested in joining one of these programs must provide their own transportation to these high schools.
The military offers one, two, and four year scholarships. These scholarships pay for tuition, books and fees at the student’s chosen college or university where there is an ROTC program. Applicants are selected based on grades, SAT or ACT scores, and extracurricular activities. They also give the recipients cash for living expenses.
Students interested in attending one of the military academies must complete a fairly complex appointment process beginning in their junior year. Candidates are nominated to these programs and the sooner you begin, the better your chances of receiving full consideration. The first step is to complete a preliminary application found on each academy’s web page. It is also recommended that you contact an Admissions Liaison Officer early on in the application process. Below are links to the US military academies.
Today’s U.S. Military branches offer great training, education, and educational financing programs, as well as opportunities for life-long careers. Listed below are links to some of the military branches, as well as contact information for local recruiters. If you would like to explore the different military options, you can go to Today’s Military. Please see the Olympus Career center for a list of local military representatives.