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Military Jargon From Iraq and Afghanistan

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In most fields of endeavor, a shorthand lexicon develops to promote the transfer of the most information in the shortest amount of time. The military lexicon is no exception. What is different is the amount of information that must be transmitted in a short amount of time due to operational considerations. Ali Baba: Generic Iraqi term for bad guy, be it insurgent or criminal. angel: A soldier killed in combat, used among some US medical ... more

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before You Join the Military

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Every year, thousands of Americans consider serving in the military.  You can make the military a very rewarding growth experience if you prepare yourself before joining.  Here are the top ten things you need to understand and consider while you prepare to meet with a recruiter: 1. It's no one's job to motivate you to serve but yours! If you are considering the military, it is your responsibility to be motivated to serve your country.  ... more

ASVAB and Army Jobs

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Jobs in the Army are called Military Occupational Specalties (MOS). To find the jobs you qualify for, the Army breaks down your ASVAB subtest scores into groups known as line scores. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed (CS); Auto and Shop Information (AS); Mathematics Knowledge (MK); Mechanical Comprehension (MC); Ele... more

ASVAB Retest Policy

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ASVAB retest policy requires a one-month wait between administration of the initial ASVAB and a retest. To retake the ASVAB a second time, another one-month wait is required. For any additional retests, a six-month wait is required between retests. The retest policy is the same, regardless of whether the initial test is a student test or an enlistment test. Scenarios 1. Applicant has been administered first retest.  The applicant will be a... more

ASVAB and Air Force Jobs

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Jobs in the Air Force are called Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). To find what jobs you qualify for, the Air Force breaks down your ASVAB subtest scores into groups known as qualification areas. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed (CS); Auto and Shop Information (AS); Mathematics Knowledge (MK); Mechanical Comprehensi... more

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