Ace the ASVAB

Popular Articles About ASVAB

  • Basic trainees march to the parade grounds for their graduation from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Photo by Cecilio Ricardo/Courtesy U.S. Air Force
    ASVAB and Air Force Jobs
    Military.com
    Jobs in the Air Force are called Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). To find what jobs you qualify for, the Air Force breaks down ...
  • ASVAB study group.
    ASVAB Scores and Military Occupational Specialties
    Military.com
    Your ASVAB scores determine what occupations you qualify for in the military.
  • Army boots
    ASVAB and Army Jobs
    Military.com
    To find the jobs you qualify for, the Army breaks down your ASVAB subtest scores into groups known as line scores.
  • (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps.)
    ASVAB and Marine Corps Jobs
    Military.com
    Jobs in the Marine Corps are called "MOS" (short for Military Occupational Specialty). To find the MOSes you qualify for, the M...

Joining Links

Joining the Military: It Starts with the ASVAB

According to a recent Harris Poll, the military is one of the most respected professions, above teachers, police officers, engineers, architects, members of Congress, athletes, and lawyers. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't because the services have high standards for entry.

In order to be accepted for military service you must score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), especially on the Arithmetic Reasoning, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, and Word Knowledge tests. Your performance on those four tests will determine if you get into the military, or not. These tests make up the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). The AFQT is used by the military services to predict your future on-the-job performance.

The military services categorize people according to how well they do on the AFQT. Those categories run from I – V. A high AFQT score will ensure you have best opportunity for enlistment bonuses and career choices. Here are the AFQT scores and associated categories:

  • 93 - 99 = Category I
  • 65 - 92 = Category II
  • 50 - 64 = Category IIIA
  • 31 - 49 = Category IIIB
  • 10 - 30 = Category IV
  •   1 -  9 = Category V

There are stories about people who consider the military as a last resort opportunity for youth who have few job skills and/or have been in trouble with the law. These people don't know that the military is forbidden by law to accept individuals whose AFQT score is in Category V or have a disqualifying criminal record. Persons who score in the Category IV range and who have not graduated from high school are not eligible for enlistment.

So, in order to be accepted into the military, have the greatest career opportunities, and get up to $40,000 in signing bounses, you need to do well on the AFQT.

Next Step
Visit the Military.com ASVAB section where you can take practice tests and learn tips on how to increase your AFQT score.

# # # #

Dr. Janet E. Wall was the Manager of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program for the Department of Defense for many years. She is now an independent consultant focusing on assessment and career development. Dr. Wall is author of several books including three ASVAB test preparation books: McGraw-Hill's ASVAB, McGraw-Hill's ASVAB with CD ROM, and McGraw-Hill's Basic Training for the AFQT. These books can be obtained from any regular or online bookstore.

Copyright 2006 Dr. Janet Wall. All opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Military.com.

Related Topics

Military News App by Military.com

Download the new Military.com News App for Android on Google Play or for Apple devices on iTunes!

© 2016 Military Advantage