After completing the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, you’ll receive an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score based on your performance in the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge sections. Your AFQT score provides a percentile ranking of your performance and determines your basic eligibility for military enlistment.
In the Air Force, you generally must have a high school diploma and a minimum AFQT score of 36. Occasional exceptions will be made for high school graduates with scores as low as 31, but this depends upon recruitment needs and the applicant’s special skills. For example, applicants who are fluent in foreign languages are often desired for Air Force missions.
Over 70% of Air Force recruits have AFQT scores of 50 or higher. AFQT scores that place a recruit in Category I (93-99) or Category II (65-92) make them eligible for special incentives such as enlistment bonuses and additional job training opportunities.
Standards for GED Recruits
If you have a GED instead of a traditional high school diploma, your chances of being accepted into the Air Force are not high. Only 0.5% of all recruits are GED holders and these applicants must have an AFQT score of at least 65. However, if you have a GED and have earned at least 15 college credits, you will be evaluated as if you had earned a traditional high school diploma.
Air Force Retesting Polices
AFQT scores are valid for Air Force enlistment for up to two years after your testing date. You can use scores from the exam you took in high school if you were a junior or a senior at the time of the test.
You are allowed to retake the ASVAB if you wait at least one month between testing dates. Retesting is typically authorized if your line scores limit the ability to match you to a specific job-training program. Unfortunately, the Air Force will not allow retesting after you’ve enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP).