Student Testing Mission Resumes At Some Locations
Twenty-one Military Entrance Test (MET) sites have returned to an operational status for the scheduling of Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Testing.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command ceased testing at 173 MET sites in mid-March.
Taking the ASVAB is one of the first steps applicants take in their quest to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, one does not just show up at a MET site to take the test. Applicants must speak to a military recruiter who can schedule an appointment for them to take the ASVAB, either at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), or at a MET site. The command operates MET sites for the convenience of both military applicants and recruiters.
Currently 16 of 65 MEPS have the ability to schedule applicants at a total of 21 MET sites. The command chose the locations based on many factors, primarily based on state and federal COVID-related requirements.
Prior to the pandemic, the command was operating more than 170 MET sites. The majority of the sites are located in Army National Guard or Army Reserve Centers. About a third of the MET sites are in educational facilities, and the remainder are in military, educational or career-oriented facilities.
With the re-openings, the command is following Centers for Disease Control COVID-19-based protocols. Test rooms are cleaned and test administrators are wearing masks and gloves. Additionally, entry to the facilities is carefully managed – test takers and their recruiters complete questionnaires attesting they have not been exposed to COVID-19. Test takers are also required to wear masks and practice social distancing in the building and test room. Upon entering the test room, test takers must use hand sanitizer, and have their temperature taken. Additionally, the command has reduced the number of testers per session to maintain social distancing.
As the nation continues to deal with COVID-19, the command will continue its phased approach to re-opening MET sites. Doing so ensures the Department of Defense maintains its strength, and men and women are able to continue taking an Oath to serve their country – even during a pandemic.