November 4, 2013
In an effort to ensure the information provided in this Web site is up-to-date and accurate, I spend a little each day reading the numerous regulations and instructions produced by the Navy, the Department of Defense, and because this site delivers recruiting information as a focus, I also read MEPCOM instructions.
This morning’s (July 16, 2012) focus came from an email question about confirmation ASVAB testing. While researching his answer, I noticed what appears to be a simple, easy to fix discrepancy in Commander, Navy Recruiting Command’s Instruction 1130.8J – specifically, Volume II, Chapter 2, Section 6, Page 3 Article 020605 “Retesting of DEP Personnel”, it states,
b. The Future Sailor must have been in DEP a minimum of six months before retesting.
Then goes on to say,
h. A Confirmation Test will be required if there is a gain of 20 or more points between the most recent test score and the previous test score.
Paragraph h is inconsistent with the MEPCOM instruction that defines the rules for Confirmation Testing when combined with the 6 month in DEP requirement. Chapter 6 of the current USMEPCOM Regulation 611-1, “Confirmation Testing” states,
Confirmation testing applies to applicants who were administered retests on any form of the ASVAB within 6 months of their previous test.
And further clarifies,
If an applicant’s most recent test score is 20 AFQT points or more than their previous test score (critical gain), and the two tests are within 6 months of each other, the applicant is required to complete a confirmation test to confirm the critical gain is indicative to their true ability.
Gosh, my mornings are fun!
NOTE: AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2012, RETAKING THE ASVAB WHILE IN DEP IS NO LONGER AUTHORIZED.