ASVAB Requirements

Eligibility for ASVAB

Introduction to ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB is an examination that is meant primarily for those candidates who wish to join the U.S Armed Forces. However, this does not mean that those who take the test will have to join the U.S Armed Forces because it is not obligatory. The test will measure whether or not a test taker is capable of working in the military and if he is, then which job should he be assigned that would be most suitable for him. Before taking the test, it is important that the candidate satisfies certain ASVAB requirements.

ASVAB Test Eligibility





  • Students who are still in high school or post-secondary school are offered an opportunity to take this test through the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. You will have to get in touch with your school counsellor or teacher to find out if you are eligible to participate in this program
  • One of the many ASVAB requirements for joining the U.S Armed Forces is that you have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. Needless to say, a high school diploma is more valuable as the Services allot only a small percentage of the jobs to GED holders.
  • If you have taken this test before but you didn't get a good score, it is important you wait for at least one month from the date of the last ASVAB exam before you can take a retest. If you wish to take the test for the third time, then you have to wait for six months after the date of the second test before you can take the third test.
  • In case the first or second test of a candidate was cancelled because of cheating, then he will have to wait for a period of six months before taking a retest.
  • As long as the candidate meets the age requirement, he will be allowed to take the examination. People between the ages of 17 and 35 years are allowed to take the ASVAB exam. The same age limit applies if a candidate is thinking about taking a retest.
  • On the day of the test, it is important that you take a valid identification with you before you enter the testing room. Without it, you will not be allowed to take the exam.

If you are late for the test, you will not be allowed to take the ASVAB. So be sure you reach the venue on time.

How to Proceed with ASVAB?

First of all, you will need to get in touch with a recruiter if you are planning to find out about the ASVAB requirements to join the U.S Armed Forces. He will screen you by asking you questions about your education, marital status, health, criminal record, etc., after which he will send you for taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. The registration is generally carried out at an MEPS or Military Entrance Processing Station site that is near to where you are living. Before you register, remember that you should give yourself sufficient time to study for the test so select the testing date accordingly.

U.S Armed Forces Requirements:

  • For each of the Services, there is a minimum AFQT score that you need to have. Given is the list of the Services and the minimum score in percentile from 0-99 that they have specified for enlistment:
    1. Army: Percentile score of 31%
    2. Air Force: Percentile score of 36%
    3. Navy: Minimum Percentile score of 35%
    4. Marine Corps: Percentile score of 32%
    5. Coastal Guards: Percentile score of 4%
  • The candidate has to be at least 17 years of age (with the consent of parents) if he wishes to join the U.S Armed Forces.
  • A medical test will be carried out to see if the candidate has a good health to join the U.S Armed Forces.
  • Even if the candidate has a criminal record, he may be allowed to join the U.S Armed Forces. The different Services have their own approach to determine the severity of a candidate's criminal record.

To Conclude...

After you are done with the registration, make sure you start preparing for the test because you need a high score if you wish to be eligible for enlistment. It will be best if you can spend at least eight weeks to prepare for the exam. After you have taken the exam, you will be able to obtain the result which will determine whether or not you are eligible to join the military. The ASVAB result you obtain will be valid for a period of two years.




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