ASVAB Practice Material Review


Grades, references, PT, physicals…..there are so many components to the application process but one of the most stressful can be the ASVAB. If your Marine is not a natural test taker this test can be a daunting task of recalling high school algebra and grammar lessons. I highly recommend that anyone who must take the ASVAB start studying about three months in advance. My marine and I studied in every car ride, at dinner, during movies….all of the time! I am going to post links to the study materials we found to be especially efficient. (click on the pictures to take you directly to


These flash cards are amazing and worth every penny. They cut out the process of taking the time to make your own…which would inevitably happen.

51GXk1N017LThis is one of the best books that we used to study. Compared with the flash cards, these study books help teach the strategies of the test and include multiple practice tests. I recommend that anyone who is taking the ASVAB take a few practice tests down. More importantly than the questions that are asked, is the strategy needed to successfully take the test.

Semper Fi,


The Application Process


The application process is one of the most clerically intense processes I have ever witnessed. It makes college applications and job applications look like a three word text message! Your Marine’s OSO will be a huge help with this process, but there are many things you will need help with also. It took my Marine a couple of months to complete and turn in his application. The biggest and best thing you can do is help keep him or her organized!


This is a great resource that I found through the blog

My recommendations:

  • Have him get two applications and reserve one for a rough draft and another for their final copy to turn in.
  • Make sure he contacts all of his references to give them a “heads-up” before the official process begins.
  • Keep a log of the names of people he will be contacting as references (also note dates of contact by both parties).
  • Have him order a few official/sealed transcripts from his college’s registrars office.

The Decision


Easily the most important part of this journey is how WE came to the decision of the Marines. I was very lucky in the fact that my Marine included me in the entire decision-making process. This decision is not something we jumped into. We talked about it for the better part of a year before he took his initial oath. My Marine was blessed with an amazing recruiting team that answered all questions he had…and I had. My two biggest concerns were that he was going to turn into a “mean Marine” and that I wouldn’t be able to have a career.

My Marine assured me, as much as anyone could, that the person I fell in love with would always be there. The Officer Selection Officer assured My Marine and I that I would be able to have my own career. My Marine ultimately left the decision up to me. This was a huge pressure that I knew shouldn’t be in my hands. If I could give any advice for someone in this position, do not tell your Marine Candidate “no.” This is a decision that you cannot make for him (or her). I knew that if I said no, my Marine would always look back and say “what if,” this alone would be detrimental to our relationship.


  • Stay involved. Meet the recruiters. Ask as many questions as possible.
  • Do not say no. It is not your place to determine anyone’s dream, just as it wouldn’t be your Marine’s place to decide yours.
  • Be prepared for the dynamic of your relationship to change from this moment forward.

Lingo to Know:

OSO – Officer Selection Officer – “oh-so” This will be your Marines best friend during his selection process.