IN THIS CHAPTER
Grasping points and subpoints
Understanding what you’ve read
Becoming a better reader
The military services want their members to understand what they’re reading. This skill is known as reading comprehension, but on the ASVAB, it’s called paragraph comprehension, and it makes up part of your AFQT score.
Why does the military place so much importance on reading comprehension? Quite simple: Miscommunication has been the leading cause of almost every major military accident or battlefield disaster in history.
The military runs on paperwork. A former Air Force vice chief of staff once commented that he had looked at 13,000 pieces of paper in a five-day period. Granted, you won’t see quite so much correspondence as a newly enlisted member, but you’ll have to read and understand your share of memos, policy letters, regulations, manuals, and forms. In some branches, your promotions are based, in part, on how well you can read, comprehend, and retain information from written material. And the higher rank you earn, the more paperwork you’ll see.
Reading comprehension involves several skills that anyone can develop with practice. To thoroughly ...