AROTC: Intelligence Officer -- is there an IQ test?

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  1. Fastpitch

    Fastpitch Member

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    I don't post too often, but my cadet mentioned something disturbing that I'm sure members of the Board can help answer.

    I know this seems like an odd question, but my cadet heard from another cadet friend at a different Battalion that AFTOTC and AROTC cadets are given an IQ test prior to Branching, and that the Army Intelligence Officer branch bases its selection in part, or in large part, to the results of this test. I am not talking about the SAT or ACT. I am talking about a custom designed intelligence test specifically for military use in making personnel decisions.

    I get the AFROTC part... that in fact AFROTC uses some kind of IQ test, or SAT/ACT, in grading cadets for summer training, and maybe for more than that. But, I've never heard of the Army doing that.

    Does the Army use a custom designed IQ test for placing ROTC cadets into the Military Intelligence Branch? I suppose the best person to answer this would be ROTC MSIVs who have Branched Intelligence... if you are, did you take an IQ test? Or PMSs... are you aware of any IQ test used for placement of cadets into the different Branches out of ROTC, including Intelligence?

    Thannks.
     
  2. Aglahad

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    No, your cadet friend is mistaken. I also want to know where the notion that MI officers are suddenly smarter than the rest of officers (and subsequently need a special IQ test) comes from. Case and point, I have a MI buddy who majored in General Studies and another friend who is a Mechanical Engineer that went Transportation. Who is smarter? I don't know and neither does the branching algorithm.

    You are branched according to the national OML and that's that.
     
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  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Was your Cadet told this on the 1st of April perhaps??

    There is a test called the CBEF that Cadet Command is using to determine a Cadets propensity to succeed. I have found out this year that the CBEF has the ability to significantly affect the scholarship process. I think they also did some pilot tests at LDAC using the CBEF, so possibly that effort created some confusion in your son's peers. I suspect my 1 April theory is more accurate.
     
  4. dunninla

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    interesting re the CBEF battery ... http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA495510 what they're really interested in is the ability to predict a scholarship cadet's propensity to drop the program prior to commissioning, and then for those that do commission, the likelihood of exiting after the initial ADSO. Makes sense to me they'd be interested in both of those issues -- bang for buck and all that.
     
  5. scoutpilot

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    There's certainly no IQ test to be an MI officer. Some of the ones I've worked with are shining examples of that fact.
     
  6. USMCGrunt

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    Ha Ha Ha! :shake:
     
  7. dunninla

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    Ah, OK, I'm just realizing how open OP's post title is to humorous replies... you're not suggesting that Military Powerpoint, I mean, INTELLIGENCE Officer is an oxymoron, are you?:shake:
     
  8. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    OP: Methinks your cadet's leg was being pulled or the date was April 1 as Clarkson suggested.
     
  9. pathnottaken

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    There is an IQ but its an open secert. Cadets interested in MI take the test alone togheter on april 1st. It is easy to be clearly confused. One can get a live recording or orginnal copy of the test by e-mail. After taking the test the only choice is to go out and eat Jumbo Shrimp.
     

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