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    Pentagon Set to Allow Calculator Use on Military Entrance Exam as Recruiting Slumps

    Pentagon Set to Allow Calculator Use on Military Entrance Exam as Recruiting Slumps

    The Pentagon is planning a change that will allow applicants to use calculators on the 's entrance exam — a timed test that gauges academic aptitude and dictates what jobs in the military, if any, they are qualified for, three defense officials told Military.com.

    The change in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, could help relieve an ongoing recruiting slump, which is attributed to many young Americans not scoring high enough to qualify for enlistment. It would also put the ASVAB on par with how test-taking has evolved in the past decade, with calculators being widely used in math classes and on college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT.

    “We are taking a systematic approach, which will assess the impact of calculator use, and we are developing a way forward for calculator inclusion,” one Pentagon official told Military.com.

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    The , Navy and Force expect recruiting shortfalls this year, marking two years in a row that the services have failed to bring in what they consider are enough recruits. The Marine Corps and Space Force are more isolated from recruiting woes, given the small size of those services.

    The shortfalls are due to an amalgamation of issues — but at the forefront is a shrinking pool of qualified young Americans, 17- to 24-year-olds, who are eligible to enlist….

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