Military Requirements-Minimum ASVAB Score

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

Air Force
The Air Force officially states that applicants with high school diploma must get at least 36 points on the AFQT. 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.

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. 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
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. 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
Recruits must get a minimal score of 32 on the ASVAB to join the Marine Corps. Recruits without a high school diploma are practically ineligible to enlist. 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
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.

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. Like the Air Force, the Navy rarely accepts recruits without a high school diploma. For those who have college experience, advanced enlistment ranking as high as E-3 is available for recruits with some college credits.



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