ASVAB Scores and Military Entry Requirements
There are minimum ASVAB scores set for each military branch. The results of your Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning subtests determine your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score is often called the ASVAB score, and it determines which branch(es) of the military you are eligible to join.
Applicants with a high school diploma must get a 31 or higher on the AFQT to qualify to join the Air Force. Also, over 90 percent of those approved for an Air Force enlistment score 50 or above. Your recruiter may ask you to return when you get a score of 50 or higher.
Education Requirements – It is nearly impossible to get into the Air Force without a high school diploma. The chances are incredibly slim for people who only get a GED. Historically, only 0.5% of all annual Air Force enlistments have only a GED. If a GED holder is trying to enlist, that person must score a 50 or higher on the AFQT. On the upside, college credits may result in a higher enlistment rank!
The Army requires a minimum AFQT score of 31 to be eligible to enlist. Moreover, if a recruit scores higher than a 50 then enlistment bonuses could be available depending on circumstances.
Education Requirements – More people can join the Army with only a GED than any other military branch. Hence, some recruitment years have allowed 15% of recruits to enter without a high school diploma. Just like the Air Force, college credits open the door to join with a higher enlistment rank! Also, the Army allows recruits with a college degree to enter with a level as high as E-4.
The Coast Guard is the most challenging branch of the military to enter. A minimum ASVAB score of 45 is required to enlist. However, a waiver is possible if a recruit’s scores on subtests outside of the AFQT, such as Mechanical Comprehension, make them eligible for a specific job.
Education Requirements – 95% of recruits must have a high school diploma. If a recruit enlists with a GED, the minimum AFQT score is 50. Also, the Coast Guard provides an advanced enlistment rank of E-2 with a minimum of 30 college credits; or E-3 with at least 60 college credits.
Recruits must get a minimum score of 32 on the ASVAB to join the Marine Corps. There are very few exceptions.
Education Requirements – Recruits without a high school diploma are practically ineligible to enlist. Of note, the Marine Corps does not allow more than 5% of recruits to join with only a GED. A person with a GED must get a minimum score of 50 on the AFQT. As with the other branches, the Marine Corps provides advanced enlistment rank for recruits that have some college credits. However, the Marines are less generous to applicants with some college credit. They only allow a maximum of E-2 upon enlistment.
National Guard recruits must get a minimum score of 31 on the AFQT. Exceptions are rare for those who do not reach a 31. Unfortunately, the military job opportunities are not highly desirable for scores that low. In this instance, study and retake the test to increase your score.
Education Requirements – If a person has a GED instead of a high school diploma, the minimum AFQT score required is 50. Thus, GED holders who earn 15 college credits at 100 level or higher are considered equal with those holding high school diplomas.
Navy recruits must get a minimum score of 35 on the AFQT. Unfortunately for some, there is not a lot of flexibility for minimum ASVAB scores in the Navy. However, a reserve enlistment is available for those that do get an ASVAB score higher than 31.
Education Requirements – The Navy rarely accepts recruits without a high school diploma. Of note, GED enlistments must get at least a 50 on the AFQT. Applicants with only a GED must have three references from prominent members of the community (police, fire, teacher, civil servant, etc.). A person with college experience can increase their enlistment ranking as high as E-3.
In summary, if you are concerned about achieving high enough ASVAB scores to meet military requirements, then online classes and practice tests are available to study through the ASVAB Boot Camp online Official Study Program.
The Official ASVAB Study Program includes practice tests and online courses to increase your ASVAB score.