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What Do You Think?

May 15, 2010

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's website was: Do you approve of a new Maryland law that bars public high schools in the state from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters?

"Unless the parent signs a release or the student is 18, the test scores should not be automatically sent to recruiters. I agree with the new law."

"They won't automatically send your SATs anywhere without your authorization, so if you take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), then you should be able to say one way or the other where you want those test scores to go."

"The ASVAB is taken by those interested in military service. If someone has taken the ASVAB, they did so knowing that it was for the armed services. To me, that shows an interest in serving in one of those services. If someone has shown that interest, the information should be forwarded to the recruiters."

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"It should not be automatic. I agree with the law."

"I remember taking the ASVAB. I remember getting a good score. I remember the recruiters calling. I remember telling them that I was not interested in joining the military. I seem to remember (correct me if I am wrong) that the ASVAB was a test given by the military to measure aptitude for service. If so, then is it not their test to begin with? Will they not get the scores to begin with? Even if they do ... so what? It's a test with little or no practical bearing on the decision regarding military service that is solely yours. This law is a waste of time and energy."

"I see no problem with the test scores being forwarded. Colleges actively recruit. Why not the military? A person cannot join under the age of 18 without parental consent, but it would give kids that don't want to take the college route another option."

"Seems to me if they are getting a public education, their test results should be public as well. Otherwise, go to a private school."

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