The shortage of recruits in the United States Navy forced the White House to activate the so-called ‘Operation Forrest Gump’. A process similar to what they experienced during the Vietnam War, when the number of enlisted in the army was at least.
Due to the current situation, with a large part of the North American military assigned to countries in the Middle East, the army has reduced the entry requirements for the Navy in anticipation of possible wars. In this sense, the Navy eliminated the educational requirement for applicants, when under normal conditions, anyone who wants to join the army must have at least a high school diploma (GED).
However, the intermediate condition is none other than getting at least a score equal to or higher than the 50th percentile in the Armed Forces Qualification Test (ASQT). Under normal conditions, those with a GED can join as officers if they have college credits and score high on the entrance test.
The decision adopted by the Armed Forces comes after, last year, the Navy fell 6,000 candidates short of meeting its recruitment goal. In 2023, 2,400 recruits are about to enter the army because they did not pass the test and did not meet the requested requirements. Beyond the test, there are several conditions that a citizen must meet to enroll.
Access requirements and tests
Anyone wishing to join the Navy must be a US citizen and a resident of the United States. Foreigners can do this as long as they have permanent residence in the country. Everyone should speak and read English with complete clarity and fluency. They also do not have a criminal record.
The age to enter is between 17 and 28 years old. The former must have their parents’ express consent for enrollment. Males must have a minimum height of 1.52 cm and a maximum of 2.02 cm, while females must have the same maximum height and a minimum of 1.47 cm. Candidates, in addition to the examination, must pass a medical examination, a physical examination, and a personal interview.
The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB) is different for each branch of the US Armed Forces. Knowledge of physical and biological sciences, arithmetic reasoning, and mathematics are just some of the subjects they may ask about in this test.