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    MEPS

    I will be heading to my local MEPS center next week to take the ASVAB and hopefully be accepted into the National Guard. Is there anyone around here with some firsthand experience with BCT and by chance AIT for 74D (Chemical Specialist) in the NG? Also does anyone have any preperation suggestions for me regarding the ASVAB and the MEPS center?

    Thanks for any feedback!

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    Get a good nights sleep, you either have it or you don't for the ASVAB. Thank you for taking the touch and carrying it for the next generation.

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    Yeah I will have to agree with MeatPuppet there. It isn't so much a test as it is an evaluation of your basic knowledge. Just don't stress over it. You will be fine. And GOOD LUCK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OMEGA2669 View Post
    Yeah I will have to agree with MeatPuppet there. It isn't so much a test as it is an evaluation of your basic knowledge. Just don't stress over it. You will be fine. And GOOD LUCK!

    Post up what you scored afterward!
    We'll just see about that depending on how I score . What is the max score one could get (I know I won't score a genius score by any means).

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    99 is the highest you can get. Anything over 50 is good. There are 10 sections, but only the Math & English sections count in the score. The rest of the sections show your aptitude & is how you qualify for different jobs. Just relax & take your time. As with most military test, it is multiple choice. If you read the question carefully you can usually eliminate some of the distractors (Answers) right away, and then if you have to guess at least you guess from the most likely answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osanmike View Post
    99 is the highest you can get. Anything over 50 is good. There are 10 sections, but only the Math & English sections count in the score. The rest of the sections show your aptitude & is how you qualify for different jobs. Just relax & take your time. As with most military test, it is multiple choice. If you read the question carefully you can usually eliminate some of the distractors (Answers) right away, and then if you have to guess at least you guess from the most likely answers.
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    Unless the National Guard there is differant then the Texas Nationl Guard, I would change to Army reserve or active Army, or wait till you come back from basic and try to change over. It takes for ever and a day to get promoted. The reason is there is a lot of Army active, and other services getting out going in so there are more people then slots for promtion(at least in Texas).


    Other then that get good sleep the night before and be ready for a long day that starts early in the morning.

    Good luck and when you get to basic do what your told when your told and understand no matter how perfect and how fast you do it your still going to be wrong. Don't let it get you down.
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    Just keep your mouth shut and your ears open, as you will be herded around like cattle for most of the day. I had the "privilege" of going to MEPS when I was 17 for the Army and again when I was 30 when I re-entered via the Air Guard. I had fun telling "war stories" to all the scared noobs...

    Seriously, the ASVAB isn't all that bad; it's like the SATs in many ways. You'll be OK, just don't waste too much time on a question you have trouble with; mark it and go back at the end.

    Be VERY careful not to let yourself get talked into a job you may not really want. The recruiters and MOS advisors are there to "sell" the military to you and often have a list of jobs they HAVE to fill. These jobs are often the ones they have trouble filling and are the ones that the people with the lower ASVAB scores will get. Don't be afraid to say "NO". They need you to sign worse than you need the job, I'm sure.

    Good luck and have fun and like others said, get a good nights sleep. The sleepyheads get yelled at!
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    Actually, I had fun with the ASVAB. It really isnt all that hard, just pay attention and really read the questions.

    I wont lie to you, MEPS sucks. Its long, its boring and the people running the joint must have been trained by the BMV. Actual military personell are fine, the rest of 'em... blah. But as long as you keep your head up, be where your supposed to be and keep a sense of humor you'll be fine.
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    Take a book, or a PSP or something. You will be sitting around A LOT waiting for your turn to see all the people you get to see.

    As for the test itself, take your time, get a good score. If you don't get the score you need for the job you want, go away and try again. You are under no obligation to sign up for anything that day. Like any test your score can vary dramatically day to day
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    The math section will actually make you laugh when you see the questions, but don't let the time limit vs. the amount of questions there are mess with your head.

    And just like dreyebra said, you will be wrong no matter what you do in BT, AIT they ease up a bit if you are in an OSUT. I remember not being able to dismount the cattle truck in a timely military manner at Ft. Leonard Wood and I was "instructively" shown how to dismount by the boot of a Drill Sergent, too bad there were already 4 guys in front of me.
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    I agree with the suggestion to try and get a good night's sleep beforehand. That's the best advice I could give.

    I didn't live near my MEPS station, so they put me up overnight in a seedy hotel. Fortunately, I had a room to myself so I was able to go to sleep early.

    Oh, and don't take your gun unless you are driving and plan to park in a non-federal parking lot. I... oh never mind. That was a long time ago. Let's just say I was a little paranoid about going to KC for the weekend unarmed, and I didn't realize I'd have to check out of the hotel before going to MEPS. And I had taken a bus.

    Good luck.

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    Thank you all very much for your constructive input. Fortunately I met with a recruiter that I am able to trust, as he recruited a good friend of mine into the same MOS locally.

    I am actually looking forward to BCT as it sounds like a lot of fun. I know I will need to try and stay under the radar from the drill sargeants, and just be sure to pay attention and follow the instructions.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedy View Post
    I know I will need to try and stay under the radar from the drill sargeants, and just be sure to pay attention and follow the instructions.
    That's the right attitude. Some of my best Soldiers when I was on the trail, I couldn't call them by name in week 7 or 8. They hadn't done anything to get my "attention".
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