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11 January, 2016 In: ASVAB Score Requirements 222 Comments

Military Requirements: Minimum ASVAB Scores and Education

Chart: ASVAB score minimum military requirements based on education level.

Military Requirements for Minimum ASVAB Score

Military Branch High School Diploma GED
Air Force 36 65
Army 31 50
Coast Guard 40 50
Marine Corps 32 50
National Guard 31 50
Navy 35 50

Military requirements for a minimum ASVAB score vary for each military branch. Please keep in mind that the “overall” ASVAB Score is known as the “AFQT Score,” or “Armed Forces Qualification Test Score”, which is made up of your test results from the Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning subtests. For the purposes of this article, “AFQT” and “ASVAB” are used interchangeably because minimum AFQT score military requirements are often referred to as the “ASVAB score”.


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ASVAB Score – The Air Force officially states that applicants with high school diploma must get at least 36 points on the AFQT. Exclusions are created, however, for a few high school graduates that score lower than 36, but higher than 31. Yet, over 90 percent of those approved for an Air Force enlistment score 50 or above. Your recruiter may not be able to process you and may ask you to return when you get a score of 50 or higher.

Education Requirements – It’s seeming impossible to get into the Air Force without graduating from high school with a diploma. The chances are extremely slim for people who only get a GED instead of a high school diploma. Only about 1/2 of 1%, or 0.5%, of all annual Air Force enlistments only have a GED. If a GED holder is trying to enlist, that person must score a 65 or higher on the AFQT. On the up side, if a recruit has college credits under their belt then the Air Force allows a higher enlistment rank!


ASVAB Score – The Army requires a minimum AFQT score of 31 to be eligible to enlist. If a recruit scores higher than a 50 then that recruit is eligible for enlistment bonuses

Education Requirements – More people are able to enlist in the Army with only a GED, as opposed to a high school diploma, than any other military branch. Some recruitment years have allowed 15% of recruits to enter without a high school diploma. On the up side, just like the Air Force, if a recruit has college credits under their belt then the Army allows the recruit to enter with a higher enlistment rank! The Army allows recruits with a college degree to enter with a rank as high as E-4, which is higher than the Air Force’s E-3 rank for recruits with only some college credits.

Coast Guard

ASVAB Score – The Coast Guard is the most difficult branch of the military to enter with a minimum ASVAB score of 40 that is required to enlist. A waiver is possible if a recruit’s scores on subtests outside of the AFQT, such as Mechanical Comprehension, make the recruit eligible for a specific job and the recruit is willing to agree to enter that job upon enlistment.

Education Requirements – 95% of recruits are required to have a high school diploma. If a recruit is allowed to enlist with a GED, the minimum AFQT score is 50. The Coast Guard provides advanced enlistment rank of E-2 with a minimum of 30 college credits, and E-3 for recruits with a minimum of 60 college credits.

Marine Corps

ASVAB Score – Recruits must get a minimal score of 32 on the ASVAB to join the Marine Corps. A very few exceptions are created (about 1%) for some extremely talented recruits that have skills in certain areas the Marine Corps is seeking, but only achieve a minimum AFQT score of 25.

Education Requirements – Recruits without a high school diploma are practically ineligible to enlist. The Marine Corps do not allow more than 5% of recruits to enlist without a high school diploma, and those recruits must have a GED. Those with only a GED must score at least a 50 on the AFQT to be considered. As with the other branches, the Marine Corps provides advanced enlistment rank for recruits that have some college experience (i.e. credits). However, the Marines are less generous to recruits with some college credit as they only allow the maximum advanced rank of E-2 upon enlistment.

National Guard

ASVAB Score – National Guard recruits must obtain a minimum score of 31 on the AFQT. Exception are rarely made for those who do not maintain a minimum score, and the military job opportunities are not good at that level so increasing your score is highly suggested.

Education Requirements – If a person has a GED instead of a high school diploma, the minimum AFQT score required for that person is 50. GED holders who earn 15 college credits 100 level or greater are considered equivalent with those holding high school diplomas.


ASVAB Score – Navy recruits must obtain a minimum score of 35 on the AFQT. Exception are rarely made for those who do not maintain a minimum score, but a Reserve enlistment is available for those that achieve an ASVAB score higher than 31.

Education Requirements – Like the Air Force, the Navy rarely accepts recruits without a high school diploma. GED enlistments must achieve at least a 50 on the AFQT and they can’t have drug or illegal activity on their police records. In addition, enlistments with only a GED must have three references from prominent members of the community (police, fire, teacher, civil servant, etc.). For those who have college experience, advanced enlistment ranking as high as E-3 is available for recruits with some college credits.

If you are concerned about achieving a high enough score to meet military requirements, ASVAB online classes and ASVAB practice tests are available through the ASVAB Boot Camp online Official Study Program.


  • Belinda Flowers

    For those asking “I scored or my son scored (insert score here) is he able to join the military?”. WELL IF YOU CAN READ or if you even read the article, there is a handy table at the top of this article that has minimum score requirements to join with a high school diploma or a GED.

  • Belinda Flowers

    I scored 81 my junior year of high school and my recruiter didn’t even mention anything about a bonus. Oh well.

  • Sulia Alvarado Del Castillo

    My daughter in law was told by the recruiter that she had to score a 50 because she was a woman. Is that true ?

    • Belinda Flowers

      She would need a 50 if she has a GED, NOT if she is a female. Sex shouldn’t be a factor, it doesn’t sound right. I would report it.

  • A Kim

    Just a little piece of advice:

    I was in Army JROTC in highschool and as a result I was obsessed with Army and went straight to a Army Reserve Recruiter. I had got a 97 on the ASVAB with a GT of 133, but at that point in time they didn’t have any Military Intel slots open for me… so I ended up just choosing what I thought was the second best option which was Signal.

    Moral of the story:

    Don’t limit yourself to one branch. I really really wish I checked Airforce and Navy as well and if I did. I would probably be much more satisfied with my job.

  • Redell Jones

    if you score a 47 onthe asvab is that good to join the army

    • Belinda Flowers

      are you asking a question?

  • Tommy T Rivera

    After being out of school for more than 8 years and having only a ged I scored a 70 on my asvab. I think I shocked my recruiters with my score because they said most people who just finish school barely make that score. So I’m pretty proud of myself to hear that and will be joining the army and hopefully leaving for basic training next month

  • smallwood

    i made a 45 on my asvab what do I qualify for?

    • Belinda Flowers

      If you have a high school diploma you can join any branch. If you have a GED you can’t join any with that score.

  • traven

    I have a ged and 15 college credits but I have some minor misdemeanors if I score a 50 and above can I still join navy .. misdemeanors are criminal trespass and possession of marijuana 1st offense.. only a .5 and it wasn’t mine the guy just didn’t take the fall so we all got charged .positive answers only

  • Koffi

    I scored 48 in ASVAB test and wanna go to the Air Force.Do I qualify?

    • Skeptic68

      You exceed the minimum score to enlist.

  • porblemssuck

    hehe xd i scored 85 as a sophmore, what does that mean? Is there very many special programs I’m elegible for?

    • Scott Thorstad

      I scored a 92 +5, over 16 years ago…. And they said I would go straight into officer training out of basic. Skipping all of the E classifications… Ready, set, go and 2 years later I am an officer… I was 33 at the time with young children. I didn’t want to be gone that long… I regret not joining almost every day!

      • GOD

        You didn’t join the military?

        • Scott Thorstad

          No I did not. I have had a good life and raised some kids but no. I didn’t want to be away from my children for the length of time that was described to me. I think I would have been a good soldier, but did not go through with it. The test results were very inspirational and changed my life in other ways. I had struggled with esteem and worth before that and was able to change my thinking and direction based on my score results. Good did come from it. Just no military service.

  • kevin

    i got a 49 is that good enough for the anavy

    • Ron Cochran

      Assuming you have a High School diploma, that’s high enough. However, your choice of jobs will be limited somewhat. Talk with the recruiter, see about taking it again. Use some of the online classes, etc, to practice and improve your score. I would also talk to Air Force and Coast Guard recruiters. I was Navy, roommates were Marines, best friend Army and Coast Guard. Make sure you can get the job you want to do, no matter which service. Also, you may be able to get a guaranteed duty station, though I’m not sure about that. Also, find out what you can do to go in at a higher rank (they used to have a program where if you got a couple friends to enlist, you’d get a bump up to E-2 or E-3).

  • Tony

    I scored a 93 on my asvab and my family wants me to go to the air force. Should I do it or is there a better option for me?

    • Andrea Olson

      Go to the air force. That’s what I’m looking into. They’ll treat you the best.

    • Ron Cochran

      Think about what job you really want to do in the military. If you joined the Navy, you’d be eligible for the Nuclear program, where you become E-4 after A-school. The Air Force has the best living conditions, and you can get some pretty sweet stations such as Germany. Get your job guaranteed before you go in, otherwise you could end up stuck in base security in Idaho or something like that. Best of Luck. PS Take advantage of college while in the service as much as you can!

  • Brian Perez

    I got a 31 and my gt score was a 83 ans i really want to be 0311 infantry for the marines will i make it?

  • Jose

    I scored a 30, i wanna go for Army, its a my passion, is there waivers for someone like me? I have no criminal or drug background

    • Rafael Arenov

      Was the 30 on the practice or the asvab? You still have to make a 31 for you to be on the army. Study reviews on the asvab. Good luck

    • Malieka Clark

      What do you need waived??

  • Josh

    Whats a good site to do the practice test on?

  • Nev

    I scored a 36 on the ASVAP can i go to the NAVY

    • Zack Quinn

      Nope 50!

  • Rafael Arenov

    Took the ASVAB today got a 79. Highest educational attainment was a bachelors degree seems pretty average to me. Darn

    • Zack Quinn

      You get a nice enlistment bonus

      • Rafael Arenov

        Nice. Thanks Zack

      • Chris Martinez

        I scored a 36 on the practice for the Marine Corps. But the recruiter said that I need a 50 to pass. How is this, if this saids that all that is required to pass the ASVAB is a 32 and I have a diploma??

        • EazyE3436

          Same here man, i scored a 40. They told me i need at least a 50 to qualify

  • Oscar

    so right now to enlist i need a 32 for the marines? i have a diploma not a GED? but why am i reading 50 from the comments

    • Zack Quinn

      Cause to get the best job it’s a 50 or over.

  • Nate Johnson

    I took a practice ASVAB and scored a 95, and I was wondering if anyone would know how well most practice test translate to regular test? Too note I’m also better at taking a regular than a practice test.

    • Ryan

      Where did you take the practice test?

    • Zack Quinn

      Nope its usually going to be alot lower.

  • Eric Espinoza

    I took a practice ASVAB today and got a 29 I’m still in high school about to finish up and I wanted to know If on the actual test I’ll be able to score high enough to join the navy

    • Zack Quinn

      you failed the AFQT then study more and aim higher

      • Brian Perez

        I got a 31 and a gt score of 83 and i really want to join the marines the MOS i want is 0311 infantry riflemen will i make it?

        • Zack Quinn


  • June

    My son is 17- scored a 76. The Marines picked his job pretty much. Aav Operator!! I Respect all jobs in the military but this is not for my son. I think he should have a skilled job in the Marines a trait that can follow him. I don’t agree with the recruiters picking their jobs. He is young smart and very healthy- Surely he can change his job? if not the coast guard is calling his name. A young kids mom that is happy that her son want to serve our country.


    • Harry Harrison

      I scored a 98, and loved being a trac’er. 1833, or AAV crewman does take skill.

      • niamh2739

        Any secrets or advise on getting that kind of score ?

    • Mark Manuel

      When did recruiters start picking jobs for recruits? That’s not how it works. The job he qualifies for depends on how well he does on the ASVAV. A score of 76 is very high. He should have a huge range of jobs to choose from with a score that high.

    • Belinda Flowers

      If he wanted to pick his job, then he should not have joined the marines.

  • Zack Quinn

    Okay i have something I’ve been wanting to say. No matter what i’ve always been wanting to serve my country whether Marines, Army, Navy whichever. I don’t mind. I have a high school diploma. I’m just frustrated, maybe i struggled in math in school or didn’t focus enough. I really want to enlist. but seems like nothing is working. I may just go to a community college and take general education to brush up on my math and english. I don’t know any help, tips or tricks.

    • jayxare

      asvab for dummies I took the test the first time got a 35 my recruiter knew I could do better since I got a 45 on the practice, he had me retake it I got that book and jumped to a 51

    • Almando DeFeo

      Just need to keep at it, STUDY STUDY STUDY. Don’t give up.

      • Zack Quinn

        will try too.

      • Nev

        Can i go to the navy with a score of 36?? with a high school diploma

        • Mark Manuel


  • Roger Gentry

    I have a comment to make my nephew scored an 88 on the ASVAB test he went down to get his physical passed everything then walked in to see the doctor and the doctor said he was disqualified because he had teenage acne and now they won’t let him in the Navy what kind of crap is that this young man is smart and Ollie wants to do is join the Navy and they won’t let him do it because he has minor acne

    • Zack Quinn

      that is so stupid go talk to the recruiter again or find somewhere else

      • Roger Gentry

        Thank you Zach I know it’s stupid now they’re telling us that we have to take him to a dermatologist and get them to clear him first it’s absolutely ridiculous

        • Zack Quinn

          He’s a teenager like me (19) if there’s a kid who wants to serve his country let him. Those MEPs doctors are always crabby because they get up so early and must have something lodged up their butts to disqualify someone over something that stupid. Basically all i can say is have him try his best to clear up his face as best he can if so then try again. I don’t really know what to say but that MEPs doctor is really stupid then.

        • jayxare

          just have him go to a dermatologist, if theres nothing serious and its just teenage acne they will clear him if the derma says hes good

    • Michele Koziol

      My sons bestriend had to wait for approval because he had Eczema and was “FINALLY” cleared now 19 and left last week for Marines!!! Good Luck Gavin Demma!!! We are honored to have you in our military!!!! Much love The Koziol family

  • Nick Myers

    I got 37 when took it at marines. Do I have to take again for air force ?

    • Zack Quinn

      maybe check their requirements.

    • Marc S???

      No, the airforce will have to submit a SPF and request it from Meps.

    • Almando DeFeo

      should be good for 10 years

  • Ayotunde Johnson

    Hello, I recently took the ASVAB and scored a 79. I was originally going to enlist in the Army but one of my friends that was in the Air Force is suggesting I enlist with them instead. My question is with only a GED would i qualify for the air force?

    • Zack Quinn

      most likely.

    • jayxare

      talk to a recruiter but pretty sure since thats a high score

    • Mark Manuel

      Yes…with a score of 79, that qualifies you for the Air Force even with a GED.

  • Draven Browning

    Hi, i took my ASVAB and scored a 71 AFQT and i have a GED would i be eligible to enlist in the army with a good chance of being accepted?

    • Ayotunde Johnson

      They would take you with that score. The Army is the branch of the military that accepts some of the lowest scores on the ASVAB.

    • Zack Quinn

      most likely yeah.

    • Mark Manuel

      Yes…you can get into any one of the branches with an AFQT score that high; even with a GED.

  • Alekka Jackson-Jarrell

    Hi, My son scored a 45 on the ASVAB, does this make him eligible for navy entry?

    • Zack Quinn


  • Brittney West

    I am seeking to join the Army Reserves. I took the ASVAB and my AFQT was a 34 but all my composite scores were really high. I have a GED though and only about 9 credits. I was trying to get in doing Human Resources. Would I need to to take the ASVAB again or no? They said I should be fine but i dont know. Cause Im seeing others say you need a 50 with a GED.

    • Zack Quinn

      yep you need a 50 to join if you have a GED. They want you to prove you didn’t lollygag through the GED process take the test again and pass simple.

    • jayxare

      talk to a recruiter sometimes they make exceptions

  • Chris

    I took my asvab today. My AFQT was a 49. I know that isnt great, But the recruiter seemed very invested in me so far. My M A G E scores were pretty decent. I qualify for about 15 jobs in the Airforce (the branch I want to go in). Almost every job in Army, Marines, and Navy. I don’t understand though. My afqt was kind of low but he still wants me to join. I’m happy about this but all these people are talking about them not getting in because of lower afqt of like 40-45. Idk

  • Christine

    I want to join the Air Force and the job I want I have to score a 44. I want to shoot for a 50 but, I feel like I’m not going to get a 50. If I pass with 44 will I still be able to be enlisted? I take my test on the 4th of March. I bombed my test the first time and I want to pass really bad

    • Zack Quinn

      yeah you’re fine relax.

    • Almando DeFeo

      sometimes if you’re lucky they can get you up to a 2 point waiver. But shoot for the 50

  • Ramon

    My Marine recruiter gave me a practice ASVAB and I scored a 51 on it, is that enough to do Military Police?

    • Zack Quinn

      most likely.

    • jayxare

      depends, some jobs require you to have a certain aptitude score and asvab score like 50 asvab and a 47 in electronics information to get communications. But if you got a 51 you’re more than likely to do mp

    • Almando DeFeo

      you also need a Skilled Technical (ST) : 91

  • G.E.D

    Why does it require higher scores with a G.E.D makes no sense

    • Ryan

      They don’t set the rules! They just communicate the rules that are communicate from the Department of Defense.

    • PharmGirl

      You have to prove you’re smart enough since you only have a GED. The bar is set higher for you. Kind of the same way with grad school admissions. If you have a 4.0 in college, you have some room to score low on the entrance exam. But if you have a 2.0, that shows you haven’t worked hard or haven’t grasped the material, so you need a high score on the entrance exam to show you can do the work and offset your low GPA. Same with GED and HS diploma holders. Not really fair, but understandable.

    • Zack Quinn

      Maybe you should of got a diploma. Either way suck it up its life. The military wants smart people.

      • Almando DeFeo

        If you got a G.E.D I assume you made a bad life choice somewhere?

  • good read!! Iabsolutely loved evry bit of it.

  • B. Higginbotham

    My son scored 92 on the AFQT. What are his options regarding college? He is a junior in high school and unsure of major. Is interested in engineering.

  • I got a 70 on the ASVAB, is it possible for me to be a marines special forces, or firefighter in the navy?

  • Zamorano

    I am trying to join the Navy as a PS. I took some online test on “icat” a prescreen ASVAB and I scored a 44. My recruiter hasn’t gotten back to me. I was told I needed a 50 minimum to join.

  • Joshua Sandy

    If I scored a 29 on my asvab would i still be eligable to join the navy, serving on a ship if possible?

  • kevin inch

    I took a practice test and i got a 69% im looking to join the navy is that score good enough ?

    • Take the ICAT at a local recruiting office as it is a better predictor of your actual ASVAB score. Most practice tests are extremely good for studying to learn why you get questions wrong.

    • Almando DeFeo

      i hear the practice test can be 10 points lower that the real test. Thats exactly what happened to me. I scored 10 points higher when i took the real test

  • eva

    i got 28 on AFQT. I am planning to get into the airforce. But I guess it is really a bad score. Is there a way I can still get a service job?

  • Andy

    I took a practice test in 4test and I got 80% and I dont know how good or bad that is? well I am not here to promote that website but I am here because I am interested in joining the Air Force, my concern is that I am graduating next year (may) after studying 4 years in college, Major : Spanish and Minor: Business Administration. How likely will they be interested about me? Al the time that I have been studying would be wothless? I am 23 and I do not know if I should join or is it too late? thank you in advance.

    • They will be interested in you. It’s not too late! Contact your local recruiter and if you aren’t confident in the responses you get from your local recruiter then call us and we can connect you with one of our contacts.

    • Almando DeFeo

      80% means you scored better than 80% of everyone who took the test. and with 4 year degree you will prob. get to go in as an E3 or E4

  • Dale

    I just saw my AFQT and it’s 67. Is it high enough? I really want to do Navy, but looking into different branch isn’t bad. Which one do you think is good?

    • It depends on how you scored in each area and what those scores tally up to be for your line scores. If you want to be in the navy, ask a recruiter if you’d be eligible before going to another branch.

  • I made a 98% on my ASVAB. I was told it was very rare, and as I can see, it is. I have my GED as well. I previously completed the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program, where I served in a “military quasi” environment, and also got my GED. I am previously in the 11th grade, and I am turning 17 on 23, November. I have contacted Navy recruiters and everything, but they were telling me that the Navy requires the same score for GED, and high school. I’m getting my high school diploma as well, but it’s nice to hear that I have the opportunity to have such a high score to enlist. Thank you for the helpful information.

    Another question, though;
    If I took the ASVAB this year and made that score, will I have to test again before I actually GO to boot camp, or do I have to take it again in two years if I don’t enlist just yet? I’m planning to ship off as soon as I graduate from high school.

    • Thanks for telling us about your experience! Your ASVAB score is valid for two years.

  • analee

    hi.i already took my asvab test and my score was low.but i really wantto join the airforce.i’m a senior now and i have a big brother there and i’m planning on joining him….i’m not really that good at school.i hate math…

    • Zack Quinn

      Judging by your grammar. I don’t see you passing the ASVAB. My best bet is going to a community college, ACTUALLY focus on your schoolwork don’t lollygag. Simple

      • Belinda Flowers

        I second that

  • Jay

    Same here, I took my ASVAB for the Navy and Scored a 48, the recruiter said I was good to go. I went to MEPS and also pass my Medical, Then told me the they’re only accepting scores 50 and above now i have to either retake or wait…. Like John, Im beyond frustrated!!!

    • Yes, it’s very important to score higher than the minimum accepted! Thank you for contributing and letting us know about your experience,

  • John

    A while back the air force lowered the minimum asvab score to a 40. Well i got the score and was already confirmed for my meps date october 7th. Starting October 1st the air force is raising the min score back to a 50 so now i have to wait 6 months to retest. Is this right concering i took and passed my asvab when the minimum score was a 40. Im beyond frustrated!!!

    • Yes, this is correct. This is a big reason why we tell students to aim and study to get well above the minimum score. This ASVAB sticks with you before and long after you enter the military.

      • Malcefium

        Hi! I’m thriving to secure a firm position for enlistment for the Air Force and have passed the pre-qualification test and scored a 62 on the ASVAB.
        I’m a High School Senior and about to graduate in June of this year (2016).
        I know the Air Force REALLY wants scores at least 20% higher than what I received to really consider letting someone in, so my question is, do you think the Air Force would take me in after qualifying for enlistment and receiving a 62?
        I retake the ASVAB on March 8th of this year and my recruiter is aware of my original score and of my participation regarding retaking the test.

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  • tony

    What is the requirements to be a Mechanical engineer in the navy

  • adalhyn

    And I say study guides as the ones I’ve made myself to help with the question I did not get correct

  • adalhyn

    Hi I have one question I took the asvab and took it four or five times knowing there four different asvab test I probably ended up taken each one to get the score I wanted…this was in 2009..has the four test changed question wise since 2009, I ask bc I remembered what ones I did not get right to study them again and now 2015 would like to take the test again but I don’t want to study irrelevant study guides that are no longer accurate…

    • The questions are updated every year, although the content that is tested remains the same.

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  • Queeny32

    Hi I have not taking the ASVAB yet for the Navy, but I wanted to know if I have college credit and I score higher than average on my test will I make the rank E3 or E2? I hope this question is confusing lol. Thank you.

    • If you have a high school diploma and college credit then it is possible to rank E3 or E2. Depends on what your lines scores are for the MOS you are seeking.

  • Lancaster

    So I just finished taking my ASVAB again today after it expired a month ago. My first score AFQT was a 62 and the one today was a 72, with that in mind will that have any affect on how my Tapas is looked at? Also will that score be competitive enough to get a 46R MOS?

    • It should be competitive enough for the 46R MOS. It does not impact how your Tapas is viewed.

  • Justin Cepeda

    I took the asvab test and scored a 36 will any branch take me in because my dad think there is a branch that will take me with that score


  • LoRenzo Whatley

    I have my ged with college credit do i still need to score a 50 on my asvab test?

  • Malik Charles

    Whats the minimum score in order to get into the reserves or guard?

  • Cadet Wool

    I have a GED but scored a 69 on the ASVAB. With an above avg score, will I still need to obtain college credits to get into the Airforce?

    • It depends on what your composite scores were. What is your recruiter telling you?

  • Alexus kelley

    I scored a 10 on my test.. Sucks I been studying the asvab book for a month now all really math. What other way can I score higher I am feeling like even if I study math I won’t pass.

    • Try our online courses. They are like watching a movie and much easier to learn from than a book.

  • Alejandro Lule

    Hi today I took the ASVAB exam and my AFQT score is 44. Does this score make me eligible to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard?

  • Maine

    How many questions you have to get correct on the Math and English to pass?

  • Maine

    Can you pass the Asvabs if you do good in English but horrible on the Math portion?

    • Yes, but you have to get an almost perfect score on the Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge sections.

  • klah

    I just took the asvab for the second time.. first try I scored a 23, studied my butt off & made a 31 I really want to get in the Navy or Air force.. Is it possible for me to get my score waviered for 4 points ???? or would I have to settle for the Army ..

    P.S. I reallly dread waiting to take the test again

    • It’s worth it to wait and take the test again. It is unlikely you will get accepted into the Army with a score lower than 50, much less the Navy or Air Force. Take the test again, study during your waiting period, and get a 60 so you have great military occupation specialty options. If you can take a few online college courses to get college credits then Navy or Air Force will be much more likely. Hope this info is helpful!

  • Justin Caskey

    I scored a 47 on my AFQT. I’m interested in joining the army. What is the current AFQT needed to enlist active duty with a high school diploma?

    • You will need to score at least a 50.

      • Belinda Flowers

        Actually 31 with a high school diploma, 50 with a GED.

  • Jason

    Hi AVSAB Boot Camp,

    I went in to a local recruiter and passed a practice AVSAB with a 61. They set up a time for Monday for me to go in for the real AVSAB here in Saint Louis. They were saying the average score is around 40, so I’m wondering it I scored high, would that reflect a level of knowledge or intelligence? It’s evident not everyone acquires knowledge the same way to hand them the ability to become competent. It doesn’t quite make sense one would be subordinated from qualifying if they’re scoring much higher than the average high school graduate.

    Overall, I have 24 years of hardware and software engineering, and have even created a new set of mathematics called Binary Physics which combines actual hardware components with Algebra to see what hardware is going to do before actually building or simulating it. For the minute I hit a snag though, one of my high schools lost my records in my permanent student records, however half of my high school information is in San Antonio, TX.

    If someone can pass the AVSAB with a high score compared to the average high school graduate who scores around 40, it could be wise to take in those individuals because we have significant amount of knowledge that would be beneficial to maintaining technological advance. High scores reflect a high level of intelligence and should be considered regardless of individual. We score high because we have the knowledge and additional skill sets the average high school graduate does not. Some learn by books, others learn by doing. If when testing we score high, it shows the individual has a high level of knowledge and can generally be more consistent in their competency.

    My recruiter isn’t responding back to me since I told him the school said they lost my records from my permanent file. I’m still working on the CaseFile Packet, but I would still like to be given the chance, I currently have technical knowledge nobody else has, and would like to put it to use for developing new technology.


    • I am sorry to hear about your records getting lost! That is unbelievably bad luck. It is almost impossible to get in unless you can prove you have a high school diploma. The military has found that a high school diploma indicates a recruit will stay in the military longer. They want to make sure the time they invest in training a person will pay off.

    • The military has rules that simply can’t be changed; one of those is education requirements. If you can’t prove you have a high school diploma then it will be difficult to be accepted into the military. It may worth your time to go to each military branch to see how each one responds to your situation. For example, the Army is looking for a set of talent that is different than the Navy so one branch may be more understanding about your situation than another branch. Hope this is helpful!

  • Pam Richards

    My son has a 1550 SAT and a 75 AFQT. He was also a Sea Cadet for three years and attained Seaman rank. He went to MEPS and now they are denying him because he had heat stroke at a Navy Seal wrestling camp in Annapolis on a high heat/humidity day. He made a complete recovery and has had no ill effects. We have current doctor’s clearance, letters from coaches and current normal labs. They are still denying him even after two subsequent wrestling seasons where he was top 5 at State. What the heck is going on with the Navy???

    • It’s extremely difficult to join the Navy. They have a lot of applicants. If he can get a few college credits under his belt it should help immensely.

  • Justin

    I tried to join the navy. I scores a 47 and still couldn’t get in. They said the minimum AFQT now is a 50 for each branch.

  • OSS

    I have my high school diploma, bachelors of science degree, and a graduate degree (MBA). I am fluent in Arabic. I want to join the AF. I have yet to take the ASVAB. Do you still think I will need to get at least a score of 50, or will 36 or greater be sufficient. What are my chances of an exception if I score below a 36?

    • A low ASVAB score impacts future military career growth. Don’t score just enough to get in. Score high so you won’t be taken out of active duty in the future.

  • Megan

    I took the ASVAB and got a 65, is that good? My recruiter didn’t tell me much

    • Did you take the actual ASVAB or the practice ASVAB? A 65 is above average. 50 out of 100 is average.

  • Cadet

    What GT score do I need to enlist in the Marines Riflemen?

    • You will need to check with your local recruiter on this as it changes frequently. Sorry!

  • Kevs

    Hi. Just took asvab today and got an afqt score of 44 am i eligible to enlist into the airforce? It’s my second time to take the test..I have a high school diploma and a 53 college credits.haven’t talk to my recruiter yet.

    • Yes, you are eligible to enlist in the Air Force. Eligibility does not mean you will be accepted. Get good recommendations and try to bring up your score to at least a 50 to improve your odds greatly of being accepted.

  • ric

    I got 24 on my asvab and did good on tapes test. Is it possible to apply for asvab waiver.

  • britney b

    I graduated high school and have an associates degree. Got a 45 AFQT on my asvab. Can I enlist in the Air Force?

    • Great job so far! You will most likely need to bring up your AFQT score in order to get accepted into the Air Force. They are picky and a minimum score of 50 on your AFQT is highly suggested. The college credits should help, but you want to get a higher score in order to be eligible for a good job.

  • I read online today that the air force has raised the age limit to 39. I am 37 and just past the age limit for the us army. Can I talk to a us air force recruiter about my options.

  • Lonewolf

    So is there a way for me to get enlisted without taking the asvab again? Some kind of a deal or a waiver Maybe?

    • Your ASVAB score has an expiration date because the ASVAB test is updated on a regular basis. I have not heard of a waiver for taking the ASVAB again, but it never hurts to ask.

  • Christopher Ramirez

    What do I need to score on the ASVAB to join as a MP in the navy

  • Lonewolf

    I just took the asvab exam and got an afqt score of 45. I graduated high school overseas and finished an associates degree in information technology. I am planning to join the air force active duty but my recruiter said i need to take the exam agian. I thought 36 was the minimum score?

    • Great question! Just like any job, the minimum qualifications are set to determine eligibility. To actually be accepted, you must set yourself apart from other applicants. Every branch of the military has reported that they are only looking to accept applicants that score a 50 or higher on the AFQT this year. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule of thumb, but consider it the norm for now.

  • Killian

    I recently took my ASVAB and scored an AFQT of 84. However I have a GED; would I still be eligible for the AF? I’m currently in talks with the Army, however, I am interested in AF as a career. I understand that college would negate this, however I would like to get insight on this. Thank you!

    • The Department of Defense produced a report showing 99.6% of all recruits in 2014 had a high school diploma. It is unlikely you will be able to join unless you get college credits.

  • Django

    Hey i made a 61 in my asvab practice test and when i wrote the real asvab I scored 19 and its so embarrassing can you please guide me on how to improve my scores

    • Hi, What ASVAB practice test did you take? Ours are updated every year to reflect changes it the test and push our students to learn how to answer the more difficult questions.

  • George

    What is the requirements to be an IT in the navy

    • The latest details we have is the below line score requirements for an Information Systems Technician (IT) job , but it’s best to check with you local Navy recruiter ( for the most up to date requirements.
      AR +2 MK + GS=222
      AR + MK + EI + GS= 222

  • Nicholas boose

    I am trying to join the military to have a better life and serve my country but I have a GED with no college credits. Which branch could I join.

    • You probably won’t be able to join a branch unless you get college credits. 99.6% of recruits had a high school diploma in 2014, according to a report from the Department of Defense.

  • elvis bunde

    I hold a bachelor degree in public administration and management,and I would like to join the navy for yeoman.what should I do to, coz am longing to join the navy.

    • The latest details we have are the below line score requirements for an Yeoman job , but it’s best to check with you local Navy recruiter ( for the most up to date requirements.
      VE + MK = 105
      VE + MK + CS = 157

  • Alisha

    I’m trying to get into the Air Force.. What would I need to score for a field in law enforcement?

    • Assuming you have a high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits, you need the following to be eligible to get a Security Forces job (eligible does not mean you will get accepted, so I recommend scoring higher than the minimum):
      AFQT: 50, General: 33, have a valid driver’s license, pass color vision test, be US citizen and meet all other requirements as well. Security Forces (SF) tech school is 65 training days long (13 weeks long) at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.

  • Rod

    Say I meet the other requirements. I have college credits and technical school (didn’t complete entire program though), would I qualify for potential advanced enlistment?

    • Just check with your local Air Force recruiter to ask. We are knowledgeable about general questions, but special cases are really up to the needs of the military branch you are joining.

  • Markita

    Yeah ik that…im not worried about getting in, I have enough to get in, im saying a waiver for a specific job in the navy if my line scores are a couple points off for the job i want, i was wondering if they give waivers for jobs or do you just have to pick another job if your line score is not enough.

  • Markita

    Hey I was wondering if the navy give waivers for specific rates…lets say im 2 points shy of the job i want could i get a waiver for it or would I be SOL and would just need to choose another rate?

    • You will have to ask a recruiter if you can get a waiver. It is not typical to receive a waiver at this point in time as the military is not accepting many who score lower than a 50 on the ASVAB.

  • tylor

    im trying for the army. i scored a 28 and my gt score was 105. id like to go foe a mp. is there any way i could enlist with my gt and asvab the way it is

    • You will have to ask the recruiter. It is unlikely. It is worthwhile to study and bring up you ASVAB score so you qualify for long term career growth anyways. Many of our students are having to retake the ASVAB just to REMAIN in active duty.

  • gregory martinez

    Hello i made the asvab with an 40 and interested in navy but recruter says that minimum. Is 50 but i have a high school diploma.and whatching this page found out that i can join with this score … but they wont let me.. you. Clear my. Mind ???

    • Getting into the Navy, or any branch of the military, is similar to a job interview. Just because you have the minimum requirements to qualify a for a job (such as a high school diploma and minimum test score) does not mean you will be “hired” for the job. If you want to be the best candidate for the job then you will need to outshine competing applicants. Increase your ASVAB score to at least a 50 and they will be more interested in talking with you, especially if you score high on the Arithmetic Reasoning subtest.

  • Conner Coyle

    I got a 99 but I’m curious as to what max service branch composite scores are

  • Beittany

    I have taken the asvab scored a 41 . Is that high enough to joing the air force active or air force reserve

    • It might be high enough to join the reserve. Most recruiters are seeking a minimum score of 50 these days, but if you have a specific skill set they are in need of then you can get in. Speak with your local recruiter that you can find here:

      You can take the ASVAB again in 30 days, which is highly recommended! The questions are fresh in your mind so you know what areas to study.

  • Bobby

    I failed the asvab with a 23 and I purchased the asvab for dummies afqt book would that help to improve my score by just studying those four sections?

  • Kayla

    Hello, I took my asvab for the second time and I got an AFQT score of 49, I am trying to enlist with the Air Force… I am currently taking classes at a community college, I have a high school diploma.. Would i still be eligible for enlistment? I am hearing theres been changes made to the enlistment score where recruits need to score 50 or higher.

    • If you have community college credits and a high school diploma then a score of 49 will usually get you into the Air Force. Of course, other things like physical fitness and background check impact a person’s ability to join. From an ASVAB score perspective then you are close enough due to a few college credits.

  • Linds

    Is it possible to take a reserve job and go active from there? This was my 3rd time taking asvab..

    • The recruiting requirements change from year to year so it’s hard to predict. The safest path is to increase your score now because movement up in rank is also dependent on your original ASVAB score in times when the Navy (or other military branches) are having to cut down on active duty roles…such as this year. Here is an article about the Navy implementing this ASVAB retest policy for low scorers back in 2009, so we have several customers that are active duty Navy right now and are using our program to study for the ASVAB because they are having to take it again to stay active duty.

  • Linds

    I just took the ASVAB today and got a 45 is it possible to get an active duty job with this score in the Navy?

    • It will be difficult to get an active duty job with that score. I’m sorry. It’s a good idea to retake the test in 30 days while it is fresh on your mind. Study our online course and take our four full length practice tests over the next 4 weeks and you will see a tremendous boost to your score if you are diligent. I also recommend you ask a Navy recruiter about active duty positions that are currently open, or find 3 MOS positions you want and target your study plan based on score requirements for those positions. Here is a link to a table that identifies which subtest sections matter for each military occupational specialty (MOS) in the Navy: For example, an Administrative role needs a high PC, WK and MK score. An Electronics role needs a high GS, AR, MK and EI score.

  • monterries thomas

    MARINES I have a 38 on the asvab will I be required to take the TAPAS test when I go to meps I’ve failed time after time by like 3 points or less while trying to enlist into the army… feedback needed …Asap

  • vockeia Wright

    I need help to join the army but i fail to pass the asvab

    • What sections do you struggle with? Take a month to really study those sections and you should see a big score improvement.

  • john

    i took the asvab today and i score a 29, im trying to get in the army , i haerd there is a waiver for none born in the states or with a different first language , i heard it has to do with AO score can you clarify that better

    • If the Army is looking to recruit someone with a special skill set and that person is lacking in other areas then sometimes a waiver is an option. However, you will have to speak with your recruiter as that will only happen in special circumstances.

  • Did the military change the ASVAB score requirements since January 2015. My grandson wants to enlist in the Navy, took the ASVAB, and was told by the recruiter that he had scored high enough to join the Navy and needed to wait for the next opening.

    The recruiter texted him yesterday and said there were no active duty positions open now or in near future. However he could join the reserves. My grandson wants to enlist in the active navy, not the reserves. Today the recruiter told him if he didn’t want to join the reserves, he’d have to take the ASVAB test again because the govt. raised the entrance scores since last month.
    What the heck is going on??

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