For many years, high school students have taken a vocational aptitude test provided by the military. The Baltimore Sun reports:
The test, which has been given to recruits since 1968, measures verbal and math skills, and knowledge in areas such as automotive maintenance and repair, electronics and mechanics. It was expanded to schools at the urging of the federal Labor and Education departments, Defense Department officials say.
. . . Nationwide, 722,450 students took the test during the past school year, according to the Defense Department.
My daughter took the test at liberal Palo Alto High, learning that she was not well suited for a career in engineering. No kidding. It was optional thing kids did in advisory, if memory serves.
Now the test is controversial: Parents fear recruiters will discover who’s got an aptitude — and adequate skills — for military service.