There are over 200,000 men and women on duty with the United States Marines Corps. An additional 40,000 people serve in the Reserves. The Marine Corps is the smallest branch of the United States Military.
In order to be eligible for enlistment in the Marines Corps, you must have an AFQT score of at least 32 if you also have a traditional high school diploma. Occasional exceptions will be made for recruits with scores as low as 25 if they meet all other enlistment requirements and have special skills such as fluency in a foreign language. For the most options in your military career, however, you will want to have AFQT scores that classify you as a Category I (93-99) or Category II (65-92) recruit.
AFQT Requirements for GED Recruits
If you have a GED instead of a traditional high school diploma, you need to have an AFQT score of at least 50 in order to be eligible for enlistment. The Marines place a high emphasis on education because many of the jobs that are available require advanced skills in areas such as math and science. If you do not have a high school diploma or a GED, you are not eligible to join the Marines regardless of your AFQT score.
Raising Your AFQT Score
Test scores are valid for two years. High school test scores can be used for enlistment if you were a junior or a senior at the time of the test.
If you want to retake the ASVAB test to raise your AFQT score, you will need to wait at least one month between test dates. Your recruiter must also verify that there is reason to believe your scores aren’t an accurate reflection of your education and skill level.