Tell Us About Your Technical Skills and We'll Guess What Branch of the Military You Belong In

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Tell Us About Your Technical Skills and We'll Guess What Branch of the Military You Belong In
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About This Quiz

Are you more comfortable putting together a Powerpoint presentation or welding a rusty fender? There's a place in the military for all sorts of technical skills, but which one is right for you? During this quiz, we're going to put your skills to the test. Once we add up the things you can already do, the branch you belong in will be easy to figure out. 

Tests like the ASVAB do a great job of summing up your overall skills. From word knowledge to mechanical comprehension, the military places people based upon their current levels of know-how. We want to take it one step further! By targeting your technical skills only, we'll have a more focused assessment about the branch you stand the best chance of successfully integrating. 

You may have thought of yourself as Marine material, but your brain might be better suited for the Navy. While all the different branches are full of technical jobs, some might be a more natural fit for someone like you. Answer each question like your commanding officer is watching, and we'll take it from there. Will you find yourself belonging in the branch you've always held with the highest esteem, or will you be surprised to learn you should try something else?

Project If your commanding officer puts you in charge of a project, what's the first thing you do?
I would look at the budget.
The right team will make everything go smoothly.
I'll grab a pen and paper and start writing out the steps we need to take.
We'll need a list of the equipment we'll need.

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Spreadsheet Do you know how to create a filter in Excel?
In what? What's Excel?
I can't do that, but I can create a spreadsheet.
No problem!
I'm better with Word.

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Map Could you read a map well enough to navigate your way out of the woods?
Why would I? My phone has GPS.
I can do it without a map. You just follow the water sources.
I think I could do it, but I don't want to find out.
That's easy!

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Toolbox Which one of the tools in your toolbox do you use most often?
Level
Hammer
Screwdriver
Vice grips

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ASVAB Would you be able to pass the Mechanical Objects portion of the ASVAB without studying?
I would rather study so I get a better score.
That's not my strong suit.
I could ace it!
I could pass it, but it might not be the highest score.

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Catalytic converter Where would you find a car's catalytic converter?
It's inside the gas tank.
It's part of the exhaust system.
The catalytic converter is near the spark plugs.
It's part of the heat exchanger.

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HVAC What does the abbreviation HVAC mean?
Heating, vacuum and circulation
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning
Heating, vacuum, air, conduct
Heating, ventilation, air cooling

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Calculator The square root of 144 is ...
14.4
9
12
14

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Customer What rating would you give to your customer service skills?
I don't have any experience with it.
I am an excellent CSR.
I'm good with people, but it's not my chosen field.
They're good, but people can be trying.

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Notes When you take notes, how do you do it?
I use a pen and paper.
My phone is great for that!
I take mental notes.
I never take notes.

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Coding Which programming language do you know the most about?
Java
C++
That's not my best area.
Python

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Word Can you open a Word document and insert a table?
I would rather do that kind of thing in Excel.
I don't use Word very much.
No problem!
I would have to Google it first.

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Virus If your computer got a virus, how would you fix it?
I would download a program.
You can manually remove them.
I would take it to a specialist.
I'm already protected against that.

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CPR Are you currently CPR certified?
I'm not, but I really should be.
I am!
I used to be, but I think it's expired.
I have a few medical certifications.

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Team Leader What are you like when you're the team leader?
I have high expectations. That might come across as strict.
I try to be inspiring.
I'm fair, but I am tough.
I'm like everyone's best friend.

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Fan Do you have enough electrical skills to install your own ceiling fan?
A toddler could do that!
I wouldn't know where to start.
No, but I think I could figure it out.
That's a job for the professionals.

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Interview Out of these soft skills, which one is your strongest?
Work ethic
Interpersonal skills
Adaptability
Time management

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Report Could you compose a detailed five-page report about your job?
It wouldn't take that many pages.
I'm better with numbers than with words.
When would you like it?
I could, but I will never be that bored.

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Gun Cleaning How long would it take you to disassemble, clean and reassemble a M17?
I can do it in under five minutes.
I've never tried it.
It might take a while, but I could do it.
Give me at least 15 minutes.

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Newspapers Can you speak more than one language?
I wish!
I'm bilingual.
I know words and phrases in other languages.
I've tried to learn, but my brain does not cooperate.

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Spelling Witch one of the words in this questian is spelled incorrectly?
It should be "which."
I don't see any mistakes.
Both "witch" and "questian" are wrong.
"Questain" is wrong.

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Emergency If you needed a tourniquet in an emergency situation, what would you use?
A shirt
My belt
A rubber band
I carry a tourniquet in my first aid kit.

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Goals Do you tend to set big goals or a series of small goals?
I rarely set goals.
One step at a time!
I set big goals and work towards them.
I do both.

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Creative Would you say that you are more creative or analytical?
I'm far more analytical.
I can always find a creative solution.
I'm more logical than anything.
It depends on the task I'm completing.

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Nail Gun Have you ever used any hydraulic tools like a nail gun?
I've used many of them.
I haven't used a nail gun, but I've used a pneumatic stapler.
No, but they look like fun.
It's better not to let me near them.

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Airport Which airport job would you be best-suited to work?
Airplane mechanic
Security
Air traffic controller
Pilot

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Budget Do you budget carefully or barely budget?
I follow a budget at work.
I budget every last cent.
I could stand to get a budget.
I try my best to budget, but it would be easier with more money.

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PowerPoint When's the last time you put together a Powerpoint presentation?
I use Prezzi instead.
I've never done that.
It was back in high school.
Recently! It's part of my job.

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Welding Would you trust yourself to set up a welding apparatus?
That's a negative! I've never been trained on that.
I'm sure I can use YouTube to guide me.
I'm familiar with it.
I would feel better having help with that.

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Chemistry Do you get a headache when you look at the periodic table?
It's fascinating!
It does make my head hurt.
It makes me think I need a refresher course.
I use it a lot at work.

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