Chapter 5

Developing a Solid Vocabulary


check Defining words for better understanding

check Putting words together to make new words

check Playing word games

The military is in love with words. Military personnel write almost everything down in memos, manuals, regulations, standard operating procedures, and policy letters. They should hire a few For Dummies authors to write these items, because the current writers seem to love fancy words. A little shovel isn’t a shovel in the military; it’s an “entrenching tool.” The boss of your duty section isn’t “the boss” or even “the supervisor”; she’s the “noncommissioned officer in charge” (NCOIC for short).

If you’re going to be successful in the military, you have to have a solid vocabulary, and that’s why the military includes the Word Knowledge subtest as part of the AFQT score. How can you obey a regulation if you don’t know what the words mean? And trust me, failure to obey a regulation is a big no-no in the military.

Your score on the Word Knowledge subtest, along with your score on the Paragraph Comprehension subtest (see Chapters 7 and 8), is used to compute what the military calls a verbal expression (VE) score. The VE score is then ...

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