The United States Army has always required a diverse number of jobs. Not everyone is going to serve on the front line of battle. Victory is gained not by the brute number of boots on the ground, but on the expertise and skill of those responsible for the various responsibilities of war. There are mechanics, translators, engineers, intelligence officers, infantry men, and countless other positions. Soldiers specialize in jobs based on a preexisting skill set and knowledge base. The way that these skills are ascertained is through the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB. It’s the standardized test that all prospective servicemen and women take before beginning their training.
ASVAB scores range:
The ASVAB is scored based upon a series of different topics. These include Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (VE), Arithmatic Reasoning (AR),Mathematics Knowledge (MK), and six others. These are then all calculated into a numerical total, but also into your percentile score. The percentile score is the 1-99 number we’re familiar with when talking about the score on the ASVAB. In theory, a prospective soldier can score anywhere between 1 and 99, with 99 being the best possible score. It represents your percentile position compared to others. For instance, a score of 70 means that 29% have scored higher than you, and 69% have scored lower.
What is a good ASVAB score?
The highest one can score on the ASVAB the better; it allows more choice in prospective military careers. Everyone should really be shooting for a 99. That being said, since it’s a percentile score, a good score would be above average. I.e., 50. This is an important mark since most enlistment bonuses require at least 50 to qualify.
Minimum ASVAB Scores:
Even if you aren’t one of those who scored above the average, don’t be too dissuaded. There’s still hope for you to join the Army. The minimum score routinely accepted by the army is a 31. You may not be able to reap some of the bonuses of enlistment, but you can still have a bountiful military career.
How do scores affect Army jobs?
As mentioned earlier, the higher the score, the more flexibility you’ll have in choosing your military career. But this particular aspect of the ASVAB isn’t as dependent on your percentile score. This is where the numerical score calculated by the ten aforementioned sections comes into play. If you scored high on certain sections but lower on others the military would assign you a position based upon this skill set. High scores in Arithmatic Reasoning ,Mathematics Knowledge, and Word Knowledge would predispose someone for clerical work. However, a high composite score in Mechanical Comprehension (MC), Arithmatic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, and Paragraph Comprehension predisposes the soldier to be involved in Surveillance and Communications.Share