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  • ASVAB Scores and Military Occupational Specialties

    ASVAB study group.

    Your ASVAB scores determine what jobs you will qualify for in the military. But before you embarrass yourself in front of active duty service members, know that a job in the Army and the Marine Corps is called an MOS, which is an acronym for Military Occupational Specialty. In the Air Force, jobs are called AFSC – Air Force Specialty Code. In the Navy and Coast Guard, jobs are called ratings, or rate for short. Check the links below to see whi... more

  • New ASVAB Pretest Available for Applicants

    Standardized test form.

    Thanks to a new program, applicants who hope to join the Air Force can now take the Armed Services Aptitude Battery pretest from any computer with internet access. The Pre-screening, internet-delivered Computer Adaptive Test (PiCAT) is an unproctored version of the full ASVAB that currently provides recruiters with the ability to effectively determine if an applicant is qualified before sending them to a military entrance processing station o... more

  • Are You Eligible to Join the Military?

    military recruits filling out forms desks

    Eligibility rules can be a little confusing. There are different rules for enlisting and for officer programs. Enlisting: Enlisted members do the hands-on work of the military. They need at least a high school degree (a GED may or may not suffice). Officer: Officers are the managers of the military. Most officer programs require a college degree at minimum, and are very competitive. Many officers have master's or higher degrees. Bef... more

  • What You Should Ask the Recruiter

    Talking to Army Recruiter

    Thinking about joining the military? Well, you probably have hundreds of questions. It never fails: you have all these questions, but once you walk into the recruiter's office you can't seem to remember any of them. There are several questions you need to make sure you ask your recruiter, and several things you need your recruiter should know. There are so many benefits to joining and so much information about the military, it is impossible fo... more

  • ASVAB and Air Force Jobs

    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

    Jobs in the Air Force are called Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). To find what jobs you qualify for, the Air Force breaks down your ASVAB subtest scores into groups known as qualification areas. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed (CS); Auto and Shop Information (AS); Mathematics Knowledge (MK); Mechanical Comprehensi... more

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