What are the requirements for ASVAB and Air Force jobs?


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Jobs in the United States Air Force are known as "Air Force Specialties." The Air Force sorts an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score into subcategories called "qualification areas." Each Air Force Specialty has its own requirement regarding ASVAB qualification area scores.

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For reference purposes, Air Force Specialties are assigned numeric codes called "Air Force Specialty Codes." Each Air Force Specialty Code corresponds with minimum scores in specific qualification areas. Qualification areas are derived from ASVAB subtests.

The subtests are as follows: 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), and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE). The qualification areas are: General (G), Mechanical (M), Administrative (A) and Electrical (E).

Qualification areas are derived from subtests accordingly: General – WK, PC and AR; Mechanical – MC, GS and AS; Administrative – NO, CS, WK and PC; and Electrical – MK, EI and GS. Therefore, for example, the General qualification area score is comprised of scores from the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning ASVAB subtests.

An example of an Air Force Specialty Code, Air Force Specialty title and qualification area requirement would be: 1A031, In-Flight Refueling, G55 – the Air Force Specialty Code being 1A031, the title being In-Flight Refueling with a minimum score of 55 from the General qualification area. Visit Military.com for a complete list.

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