After taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, you will receive a report with all your scores on it.

These scores include your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score as well as your scores on each of the 9 individual subtests that make up the ASVAB.  When you get your report, the most important score you will want to look for first is your AFQT score.  This score determines your eligibility to serve in the military and to enlist in the U.S. Marines you need to have achieved a score of at least 32.

Exceptions to this limit are made for about 1 percent of recruits who exhibit other exceptional qualities and who have a score of at least 25.

If you have a GED instead of a high school diploma you will need to score at least 50 to qualify for enlistment in the Marines.

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

 ASVAB Subtest Scores

Next on the scale of importance are your ASVAB subtest scores. These scores indicate how you did in each of the nine subtest categories that make up the ASVAB. These categories are:

One thing to keep in mind as you look at all of your scores in the report is that each score is expressed as a percentile. This means that if you scored a 65 on the Electronics Information subtest you performed as well or better than 65 percent of the men and women in your age group who took the test.

The reason your subtest scores are important is because the Marines take these scores and use them to determine what jobs you qualify to perform. The marines do this by creating three composite line scores, which are:

Electronics Repair, Missile Repair, Electronics & Communications (EL) – General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronic Information (EI).

General Maintenance, Construction, Utility and Chemical Maintenance (MM) – General Science (GS), Auto & Shop (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronics Information (EI).

General Technical, Special and Officer Programs (GT) – Verbal Expression (VE) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

Verbal expression is the combination of the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension subtest categories.

If you want to follow one of the above career tracks, you will want to make sure that you perform well in the associated subtest categories. Failure to do so could mean being stuck in a career track that you don’t enjoy or that will not benefit you later.

One more thing to remember about your ASVAB scores, the higher they are the greater your career options and the higher your chance of receiving enlistment incentives, including bonuses.

If you feel your ASVAB scores don’t match your education, training and experience and a Marine recruiter agrees with you, you can retake the ASVAB. You can also retake the ASVAB if your previous test results are expired.

However, a retest can’t be scheduled solely because your scores didn’t meet those required for enlistment options or programs.

That means you should take your first test with the utmost seriousness and be sure to study thoroughly. One effective way to study is to take online practice exams like those offered here on this website.

ASVAB Scores and Marine Corps Jobs

Jobs in the Marine Corps are referred to as”MOS” (short for Military Occupational Specialty). To find the MOSes you qualify for, the Marine Corps organizes your ASVAB subtest scores into various groups known as line scores. 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 Comprehension (MC); Electronics Information (EI); and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE). It’s important to remember that as Numerical Operations (NO) and Coding Speed (CS) subtests are phased out, some line scores may be updated.

Note:  Use the data listed below as a general guide to help you determine the minimum ASVAB scores required for each MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).

Marine Line Scores:

CL – Clerical: VE+AR+MK

EL – Electronics: GS+AR+MK+EI

GT – General Technical: VE+AR

MM – Mechanical Maintenance: NO+AS+MC+EI

ST – Skilled Technical: GS+VE+MK+MC

See the table below for Marine jobs and the corresponding minimum ASVAB line scores.

0121 Personnel Clerk CL=100
0151 Administrative Clerk CL=100
0161 Postal Clerk CL=90
0231 Intelligence Specialist GT=100
0261 Geographic Intelligence Specialist EL=100
0311 Rifleman GT=80
0313 LAV Crewman GT=90
0321 Reconnaissance Man GT=105
0331 Machine Gunner GT=80
0341 Mortarman CT=80
0351 Assaultman GT=80
0352 Antitank Assault Guided Missileman GT=90
0411 Maintenance Management Specialist GT=100
0431 Logistics/Embarkation and Combat Service Support (CSS) Specialist GT=100
0451 Air Delivery Specialist GT=100
0481 Landing Support Specialist GT=95
0511 MAGTF Planning Specialist GT=110
0612 Field Wireman GT=90
0613 Construction Wireman EL=90
0614 Unit Level Circuit Switch (ULCS) Operator/Maintainer EL=100
0621 Field Radio Operator EL=90
0622 Mobile Multichannel Equipment Operator EL=100
0624 High Frequency Communication Central Operator EL=100
0626 Fleet SATCOM Terminal Operator EL=100
0627 Ground Mobile Forces SATCOM Operator EL=100
0811 Field Artillery Cannoneer GT=90
0842 Field Artillery Radar Operator GT=105
0844 Field Artillery Fire Control Man GT=105
0847 Artillery Meteoroloqical Man GT=105
0861 Fire Support Man GT=100
1141 Electrician EL=90
1142 Electrical Equipment Repair Specialist EL=100
1161 Refrigeration Mechanic MM=105
1171 Hygiene Equipment Operator MM=85
1181 Fabric Repair Specialist MM=85
1316 Metal Worker MM=95
1341 Engineer Equipment Mechanic MM=95
1345 Engineer Equipment Operator MM=95
1361 Engineer Assistant GT=100
1371 Combat Engineer MM=95
1391 Bulk Fuel Specialist MM=85
1812 M1A1 Tank Crewman GT=90
1833 Assault Amphibious Vehicle GT=90
2111 Small Arms Repairer/Technician MM=95
2131 Towed Artillery Systems Technician MM=95
2141 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Repairer/Technician MM=105
2146 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Repairer/Technician MM=105
2147 Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Repairer/Technician MM=105
2161 Machinist MM=105
2171 Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairer MM=105
2311 Ammunition Technician GT=100
2542 Communication Center Operator GT=110
2621 Communications Signal Collection/Manual Morse Operator/Analyst GT=100
2631 Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Intercept Operator/Analyst GT=100
2651 class=”shaded” Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator GT=100
2671 Arabic Cryptologic Linguist GT=105
2673 Korean Cryptologic Linguist GT=105
2674 Spanish Cryptologic Linguist GT=105
2676 Russian Cryptoloqic Linguist GT=105
2811 Telephone Technician EL=115
2818 Personal Computer (PC)/Tactical Office Machine Repairer EL=115
2822 Electronic Switching Equipment Technician EL=115
2831 Multichannel Equipment Repairer EL=115
2841 Ground Radio Repairer EL=115
2844 Ground Communications Organizational Repairer EL=115
2846 Ground Radio Intermediate Repairer EL=115
2847 Telephone Systems/Personal Computer Intermediate Repairer EL=115
2871 Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Technician EL=115
2881 Communication Security Equipment Technician EL=115
2887 Counter Mortar Radar Repairer EL=115
3043 Supply Administration and Operations Clerk CL=110
3051 Warehouse Clerk CL=90
3052 Packaging Specialist CL=80
3112 Traffic Management Specialist CL=90
3361 Subsistence Supply Clerk CL=90
3381 Food Service Specialist GT=90
3432 Finance Technician CL=110
3451 Fiscal/Budget Technician CL=110
3521 Organizational Automotive Mechanic MM=95
3531 Motor Vehicle Operator MM=85
3533 Logistics Vehicle System Operator MM=85
4066 Small Computer Systems Specialist GT=110
4067 Programmer – ADA GT=110
4341 Combat Corespondent GT=105
4421 Legal Services Specialist CL=100
4611 Combat Illustrator GT=100
4612 Combat Lithographer GT=100
4641 Combat Photographer GT=100
4671 Combat Videographer GT=100
5526 Musician AFQT=50
5711 Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Defense Specialist GT=110
5811 Military Police GT=100
5831 Correctional Specialist GT=100
5937 Aviation Radio Repairer EL=105
5942 Aviation Radar Repairer EL=105
5952 Air Traffic Control Navigational Aids Technician EL=105
5953 Air Traffic Control Radar Technician EL=105
5954 Air Traffic Control Communications Technician EL=105
5962 Tactical Data Systems Equipment (TDSE) Repairer EL=105
5963 Tactical Air Operations Module Repairer EL=105
6046 Aircraft Maintenance Administration Specialist CL=100
6048 Flight Equipment Technician MM=105
6061 Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic MM=105
6071 Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment (SE) Mechanic MM=105
6072 Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Hydraulic/ Pneumatic Structures Mechanic MM=105
6073 Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Electrician/ Refrigeration Mechanic MM=105
6074 Cryogenics Equipment Operator MM=105
6091 Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures Mechanic MM=105
6092 Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures Mechanic MM=105
6311 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician EL=105
6312 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician – AV-8 EL=105
6314 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Avionics Technician EL=105
6316 Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician – KC-130 EL=105
6317 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician – F/A-18 EL=105
6322 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician – CH-46 EL=105
6323 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician – CH-53 EL=105
6324 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician – U/AH-1 EL=105
6326 Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician – V-22 EL=105
6331 Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician-Trainee EL=105
6332 Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – AV-8 EL=105
6333 Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – EA-6 EL=105
6336 Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – KC-130 EL=105
6337 Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – F/A-18 EL=105
6386 Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Systems Technician – EA-6B EL=105
6511 Aviation Ordnance Technician GT=105
6531 Aircraft Ordnance Technician GT=105
6541 Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician GT=105
6672 Aviation Supply Clerk CL=100
6673 Automated Information Systems (AIS) Computer Operator CL=100
6821 Weather Observer GT=105
7011 Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician MM=95
7041 Aviation Operations Specialist CL=100
7051 Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue Specialist MM=95
7212 Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Gunner GT=90
7234 Air Control Electronics Operator GT=105
7242 Air Support Operations Operator GT=100
7251 Air Traffic Controller GT=105
7257 Air Traffic Controller GT=105
7314 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Air Vehicle Operator GT=105
7371 Aerial Navigator GT=110
7381 Airborne Radio Operator/Inflight Refueling Observer/ Loadmaste GT=110
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