The United States Navy is the branch of the military that is responsible for naval warfare. The Navy has 289 ships and more than 3,700 aircraft in active service, providing employment opportunities for over 300,000 men and women.
If you are interested in a career in the Navy, you’ll be asked to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This is a multiple-choice test consisting of nine different sections, although 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 of the test. Your AFQT score, expressed as a percentile to compare your performance to other potential recruits, determines if you’re eligible for military service.
The Navy requires you to have an AFQT score of at least 35 if you have a traditional high school diploma, although Reserve programs will accept applicants with scores as low as 31. However, higher scores are more desirable as this gives you access to a broader range of job-training programs and military career opportunities. If you are hoping to participate in the Navy College Fund or college loan payment programs, you’ll need a minimum AFQT score of 50.
Navy Rules for GED Recipients
The Navy rarely accepts recruits without a high school diploma. To be considered for the Navy with a GED, you’ll need an AFQT score of 50 or higher. You will also need to be at least 19 years of age, have a proven work history, and provide references from community members such as teachers, judges, or police officers verifying your moral character. Drug use or legal troubles other than minor traffic offenses will result in an automatic disqualification from Navy service.
If you fail to achieve a sufficiently high AFQT score on your first ASVAB testing date, you can retake the test if you wait at least one month between test dates. However, if you are in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), you can’t retest unless you’re part of the DEP Enrichment Program, allowing enlistment for high school graduates with AFQT scores of 28 or higher.