In general, the minimum ASVAB score to join the Navy is 35. For a person who only has his or her General Educational Development test, or GED, the minimum ASVAB score is 50. For those in a reserve enlistment program, the minimum score is 31.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is a test that anyone attempting to join any branch of the U.S. Military is required to take. This includes the U.S. Coast Guard. There are 11 different subtests within the ASVAB:
- 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)
- Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE)
To determine what position an applicant is qualified for, the Navy looks at individual scores from a combination of the above subtests. The combination of the scores depends on the position. Those scores are added together and to achieve a specific position, the enlistee must meet the minimum score requirement.
For example, an Aviation Structural Mechanic for Hydraulics job is comprised of Arithmetic Reasoning, Mechanical Comprehension and Auto and Shop Information. The combined score of all three of these subtests must equal 164 in order to achieve the position of a Hydraulics Mechanic.