MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sailors interested in changing ratings to improve career options can use their Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores to help determine which ratings they may qualify for, officials said Sept. 7.
"The ASVAB score is a major factor used to determine which ratings a recruit is eligible to pursue," said Senior Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Mark Rush, force career counselor, Navy Personnel Command (NPC). "The ASVAB is given to all non-prior-service recruits to determine eligibility for enlistment, future Navy-wide advancement examination participation and Class "A" School training qualification."
Basically, the ASVAB tests an individual's knowledge and aptitude in nine areas: arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, general science, electronics information, auto shop, mechanical comprehension and assembling objects.
The combined scores from different ASVAB areas determine which ratings prospective recruits are best qualified for and are used again for Sailors looking to change ratings, or convert in Perform-To-Serve/Fleet Rating Identification Engine (FR/PTS).
Low ASVAB scores minimize Sailors' conversion options, however, Sailors who have improved their educational experience since joining the Navy through completion of college courses or certain Navy E-Learning courses via Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) may be eligible to retest with the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT).
"Retesting using the AFCT may give Sailors more opportunities to qualify for in-service rating conversions," said Rush.
The command career counselor can update AFCT scores in FR/PTS and then re-qualify the Sailor to get updated results. The new scores will become the Sailor's official score even if it is lower than the previous test, so it is important that Sailors work with their career counselor or educational services office to determine if retesting is in their best interest.
The ASVAB and AFCT are just one part of the equation for Sailors who wish to convert. Sailors should be screened at their reporting career development board to review ASVAB scores and not wait until they reach their FR/PTS window, according to Rush.
If the scores are below 50, it may be beneficial for the Sailor to take the AFCT to improve conversion opportunities before they reach their FR/PTS window.
"At every CDB, commands should review rating community health slides found on the enlisted community manager pages on the NPC website to let the Sailors know what their opportunities are to remain in their current rating or what the conversion opportunities are," said Rush. "Early detection and early engagement is the key to success."
Retesting can be administered on shore at Personnel Support Detachments and on board large platform ships. MILPERSMAN 1236-010 lists criteria required for a retest. For more information, Sailors should speak with their command career counselor or educational services office.
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