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ALCOAST 318/04

COMDTNOTE 1500

SUBJ: ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY (ASVAB) RENORMING

A. COAST GUARD TRAINING AND EDUCATION MANUAL, COMDTINST M1500.10B, CH-1, DTD 31 DEC 92, CHAPTER 2.

B. COAST GUARD RECRUITING MANUAL, COMDTINST M1100.2D, CH-1 DTD 23 MAR 99, CHAPTER 2.

 

1. The Department of Defense (DOD) will implement updated norms (scores) for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery on 01 July 2004.  Norms provide a meaning to raw scores by comparing them to scores in a similar reference group.  The updated norms have been developed based on a review of a national sample of 18 to 23 year olds in 1997.  This was necessary because over the past 20 years aptitude levels have increased:  scores on national education achievement tests are up, high school and college attendance rates are up, and the country has experienced an explosion in technology development and application.

 

2. The tests will remain the same, but the way that the scores are reported will change. In order to maintain the same standards, and qualify the same people after DOD reports scores under the new norms, the Coast Guard must adjust minimum requirements. The Coast Guard uses combinations of the ASVAB battery as a qualification factor at three points in our accession processes: entry as a recruit,  A-school, and officer eligibility.  The Coast Guard’s current ASVAB standards have provided a workforce qualified to meet the demands of our service.

 

3. Effective 01 July 2004 the Coast Guard will adjust the minimum AFQT score to 36 for a recruit entering the Coast Guard. The minimum AFQT score is being adjusted to ensure the same group of applicants qualify under the updated norm. The adjustment of the minimum AFQT score to 36 will maintain the current standards for training, job performance, and qualification of applicants. An applicant who correctly answers 66 of 110 ASVAB questions is eligible to enlist today, and an applicant who correctly answers 66 of 110 ASVAB questions will be eligible following the renorming. Today that score equates to a 40, after 01 July 2004 that score will equate to a 36.

 

4. The following minimum scores for adjusted ASVAB school composites reflect the new requirements effective 01 July 2004. Everyone who was qualified for a particular school based on the test taken before 01 July 2004 will be qualified for that same school after 01 July 2004, when the new norms are effective.  Most of changes are small, usually one to two points.

 

School

ASVAB Requirements

Old Rqmt

New Rqmt

AET

AFQT

66

65

OR MK AND EI AND GS

171

172

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

AMT

AFQT

66

65

OR AR AND MC AND AS AND EI

213

220

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

AST

AFQT

66

65

OR VE AND MC AND AS

159

162

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

BM

VE AND AR

101

100

DC

VE AND MC AND AS

152

155

EM

MK AND EI AND GS

152

153

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

ET

AFQT

66

65

OR MK AND EI AND GS

171

172

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

FS

VE AND AR

106

105

GM

AR AND MK AND EI AND GS

208

209

HS

VE AND MK AND GS AND AR

210

207

AND MINIMUM AR

50

50

IT

AFQT

66

65

OR MK AND EI AND GS

171

172

AND MINIMUM AR

52

52

MK

AR AND MC AND AS

150

154

OR VE AND AR

106

105

MST

VE AND AR

115

114

AND MINIMUM MK

58

56

OS

VE AND AR

106

105

PA

VE AND AR

110

109

AND MINIMUM VE

55

54

PS

VE AN AR

101

100

SK

VE AND AR

106

105

AND MINIMUM VE

52

51

YN

VE AND AR

106

105

OCS

VE AND AR

110

109

 

5. These minimum scores will be incorporated into a future revision to ref (a) and (b). Retain a copy of this ALCOAST in the front of ref (a) and (b), pending revision.

 

6. All individual scores in PeopleSoft will be converted to the new norm in July 2004.  These converted scores can then be compared to the new minimums resulting in the exact same individual qualification for schools as before the updated norm effective date of 01 July 2004.  During the transition period, commands and members evaluating personnel for school qualification should ensure that ASVAB scores are compared against the proper normed minimums.

 

7. All ASVAB waiver processes remain the same.  The POC for ASVAB scores is Ms. Mary L. Norwood, Test Policy Manager, COMDT(G-WTT-2), mnorwood(at)comdt.uscg.mil, (202) 267-2987.

8. Internet release authorized.

9. RADM Kenneth T. Venuto, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources sends.

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Example of ASVAB "Renorming"

This screen shows a member's ASVAB test results as they appeared prior to 1 July 2004:

ASVAB Scores PRE-RENORMING

 

This screen shows the ASVAB scores for the same member after "renorming" on 1 July 2004:

ASVAB Scores POST-RENORMING

This screen shows the new "Note" field, which is used to record the test version:
ASVAB Scores