USMC Enlisted Job Qualifications and ASVAB Scores

Marine Corps ASVAB Line Scores

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) has long been the first test many recruiter applicants will see after initially speaking with the service recruiter.  There are standards within the Armed Forces and passing the ASVAB with high enough scores will at first allow you to enter military service, but also let you have a range of MOSs (jobs) that will will qualify for.  The higher the ASVAB score, the more opportunities you may have in the military.

 If you score at a bare minimum on the test, then you will be fairly limited in the job skills available to you within the military.  

Treat the ASVAB like any other test you have taken in high school or college.  STUDY FOR IT.  There are many options online as well as preparatory programs and practice tests you should do prior to taking the test for real.  Some of the skills tested (listed below) you may not remember taking in high school and the conceptual knowledge tested in mechanical devices can throw the most polished test taker if you are not prepared for those type of questions.

The ASVAB subtests for determining the composites are:

General Science (GS),

Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)

Word Knowledge (WK)

Paragraph Comprehension (PC)

Auto & Shop Information (AS)

Mathematics Knowledge (MK)

Mechanical Comprehension (MC)

Electronics Information (EI)

Verbal Expression (VE) - Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension, scaled (VE).

Current aptitude area composites used for MOS selection for the Marine Corps are as follows:

CL- Clerical, Administrative, Supply & Finance - NO + CS + VE - The CL score range for most job qualifications within the USMC recommend a score of 90-100 or more.

EL -Electronics Repair, Missile Repair, Electronics and Communications -GS+AR+MK+EI - Your EL score should be in the 90-115 range or above to qualify for most jobs in the electronics systems and communications MOS.

MM - Mechanical Maintenance, Construction, Utility and Chemical Maintenance (hazmat) - GS+AS+MK+MC - The MM scores range from 85-105 to qualify for most jobs involving mechanics, construction, utility and hazardous materials.

GT - General Technical, Special and Officer Programs - VE+AR - Most jobs that require the GT scores recommend a scores from 80-110 or more to qualify for a variety of MOSs in this grouping.

ST - Skilled Technical: GS+VE+MK+MC - General Science, Verbal Expression, Math knowledge, and Mechanical Comprehension make up a challenging combination Skilled Technical (ST) score.

The AFQT (Armed Forces Qualifying Test) score is what the recruiters will first decipher as it determines whether you’re eligible to join ANY military branch of service. The AFQT is the following subtest scores combined:  VE+PC+WK+AR.  These are Verbal Expression (VE), which is computed from the Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK) subtests plus Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), and Math Knowledge (MK).

    For detailed information about the ASVAB, see ABCs of the ASVAB.

    The following chart is the  Active Duty USMC MOS's and the related ASVAB Score and entry level positions open to recruits joining the Marine Corps: 

    MOS/Job TitleASVAB Line Score Required
    01 -- Personnel and Administration 
    0121 - Personnel ClerkCL=100
    0151 - Administrative ClerkCL=100
    0161 - Postal ClerkCL=90
    02 -- Intelligence 
    0231 - Intelligence SpecialistGT=100
    0261 - Geographic Intelligence SpecialistEL=100
    03 -- Infantry 
    0311 - Infantry RiflemanGT=80
    0313 - LAV CrewmanGT=90
    0321 - Reconnaissance ManGT=105
    0331 - Machine GunnerGT=80
    0341 - MortarmanCT=80
    0351 - AssaultmanGT=80
    0352 - Antitank Assault Guided MissilemanGT=90
    04 -- Logistics 
    0411 - Maintenance Management SpecialistGT=100
    0431 - Logistics/Embarkation and Combat Service Support (CSS) SpecialistGT=100
    0451 - Air Delivery SpecialistGT=100
    0481 - Landing Support SpecialistGT=95
    05 -- Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Plans 
    0511 - MAGTF Planning SpecialistGT=110
    06 -- Communications 
    0612 - Field WiremanGT=90
    0613 - Construction WiremanEL=90
    0614 - Unit Level Circuit Switch (ULCS) Operator/MaintainerEL=100
    0621 - Field Radio OperatorEL=90
    0622 - Mobile Multichannel Equipment OperatorEL=100
    0624 - High Frequency Communication Central OperatorEL=100
    0626 - Fleet SATCOM Terminal OperatorEL=100
    0627 - Ground Mobile Forces SATCOM OperatorEL=100
    08 -- Field Artillery 
    0811 - Field Artillery CannoneerGT=90
    0842 - Field Artillery Radar OperatorGT=105
    0844 - Field Artillery Fire Control ManGT=105
    0847 - Artillery Meteoroloqical ManGT=105
    0861 - Fire Support ManGT=100
    11 -- Utilities 
    1141 - ElectricianEL=90
    1142 - Electrical Equipment Repair SpecialistEL=100
    1161 - Refrigeration MechanicMM=105
    1171 - Hygiene Equipment OperatorMM=85
    1181 - Fabric Repair SpecialistMM=85
    13 -- Engineer, Construction, Facilities, and Equipment 
    1316 - Metal WorkerMM=95
    1341 - Engineer Equipment MechanicMM=95
    1345 - Engineer Equipment OperatorMM=95
    1361 - Engineer AssistantGT=100
    1371 - Combat EngineerMM=95
    1391 - Bulk Fuel SpecialistMM=85
    18 -- Tank and Assault Amphibious Vehicle 
    1812 - M1A1 Tank CrewmanGT=90
    1833 - Assault Amphibious VehicleGT=90
    21 -- Ground Ordnance Maintenance 
    2111 - Small Arms Repairer/TechnicianMM=95
    2131 - Towed Artillery Systems TechnicianMM=95
    2141 - Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Repairer/TechnicianMM=105
    2146 - Main Battle Tank (MBT) Repairer/TechnicianMM=105
    2147 - Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Repairer/TechnicianMM=105
    2161 - MachinistMM=105
    2171 - Electro-Optical Ordnance RepairerMM=105
    23 -- Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance Disposal 
    2311 - Ammunition TechnicianGT=100
    26 -- Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare 
    2631 - Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Intercept Operator/AnalystGT=100
    2651 - Special Intelligence System Administrator/CommunicatorGT=100
    2671 - Arabic Cryptologic LinguistGT=105
    2673 - Korean Cryptologic LinguistGT=105
    2674 - Spanish Cryptologic LinguistGT=105
    2676 - Russian Cryptoloqic LinguistGT=105
    27 - Linguist (MOS dependent upon language specialtyDLPT
    28 -- Ground Electronics Maintenance 
    2811 - Telephone TechnicianEL=115
    2818 - Personal Computer (PC)/Tactical Office Machine RepairerEL=115
    2822 - Electronic Switching Equipment TechnicianEL=115
    2831 - Multichannel Equipment RepairerEL=115
    2841 - Ground Radio RepairerEL=115
    2844 - Ground Communications Organizational RepairerEL=115
    2846 - Ground Radio Intermediate RepairerEL=115
    2847 - Telephone Systems/Personal Computer Intermediate RepairerEL=115
    2871 - Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment TechnicianEL=115
    2881 - Communication Security Equipment TechnicianEL=115
    2887 - Counter Mortar Radar RepairerEL=115
    30 -- Supply Administration and Operations 
    3043 - Supply Administration and Operations ClerkCL=110
    3051 - Warehouse ClerkCL=90
    3052 - Packaging SpecialistCL=80
    31 -- Traffic Management 
    3112 - Traffic Management SpecialistCL=90
    33 -- Food Service 
    3361 - Subsistence Supply ClerkCL=90
    3381 - Food Service SpecialistGT=90
    34 -- Financial Management 
    3432 - Finance TechnicianCL=110
    3451 - Fiscal/Budget TechnicianCL=110
    35 -- Motor Transport 
    3521 - Organizational Automotive MechanicMM=95
    3531 - Motor Vehicle OperatorMM=85
    3533 - Logistics Vehicle System OperatorMM=85

    43 -- Public Affairs

     
    4341 - Combat CorespondentGT=105
    44 -- Legal Services 
    4421 - Legal Services SpecialistCL=100
    46 -- Combat Camera 
    4611 - Combat IllustratorGT=100
    4612 - Combat LithographerGT=100
    4641 - Combat PhotographerGT=100
    4671 - Combat VideographerGT=100
    55 -- Music 
    5526 to 5566 - MusicianAFQT Score of 50
    5711 - Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Defense SpecialistGT=110
    58 -- Military Police and Corrections 
    5811 - Military PoliceGT=100
    5831 - Correctional SpecialistGT=100
    59 -- Electronics Maintenance 
    5937 - Aviation Radio RepairerEL=105
    5942 - Aviation Radar RepairerEL=105
    5952 - Air Traffic Control Navigational Aids TechnicianEL=105
    5953 - Air Traffic Control Radar TechnicianEL=105
    5954 - Air Traffic Control Communications TechnicianEL=105
    5962 - Tactical Data Systems Equipment (TDSE) RepairerEL=105
    5963 - Tactical Air Operations Module RepairerEL=105
    60/61/62 -- Aircraft Maintenance 
    6046 - Aircraft Maintenance Administration SpecialistCL=100
    6048 - Flight Equipment TechnicianMM=105
    6061 - Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic MechanicMM=105
    6071 - Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment (SE) MechanicMM=105
    6072 - Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Hydraulic/ Pneumatic Structures MechanicMM=105
    6073 - Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Electrician/ Refrigeration MechanicMM=105
    6074 - Cryogenics Equipment OperatorMM=105
    6091 - Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures MechanicMM=105
    6092 - Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures MechanicMM=105

    63/64 -- Avionics

     
    6311 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems TechnicianEL=105
    6312 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician - AV-8EL=105
    6314 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Avionics TechnicianEL=105
    6316 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician - KC-130EL=105
    6317 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician - F/A-18EL=105
    6322 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician - CH-46EL=105
    6323 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician - CH-53EL=105
    6324 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician - U/AH-1EL=105
    6326 - Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician - V-22EL=105
    6331 - Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician-TraineeEL=105
    6332 - Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician - AV-8EL=105
    6333 - Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician - EA-6EL=105
    6336 - Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician - KC-130EL=105
    6337 - Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician - F/A-18EL=105
    6386 - Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Systems Technician - EA-6BEL=105
    65 -- Aviation Ordnance 
    6511 - Aviation Ordnance TechnicianGT=105
    6531 - Aircraft Ordnance TechnicianGT=105
    6541 - Aviation Ordnance Systems TechnicianGT=105
    66 -- Aviation Logistics 
    6672 - Aviation Supply ClerkCL=100
    6673 - Automated Information Systems (AIS) Computer OperatorCL=100
    68 -- Meteorology and Oceanography 
    6821 - Weather ObserverGT=105
    70 -- Airfield Services 
    7011 - Expeditionary Airfield Systems TechnicianMM=95
    7041 - Aviation Operations SpecialistCL=100
    7051 - Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue SpecialistMM=95
    72 -- Air Control/Air Support/Anti-air Warfare/Air Traffic Control 
    7212 - Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) GunnerGT=90
    7234 - Air Control Electronics OperatorGT=105
    7242 - Air Support Operations OperatorGT=100
    7251 - Air Traffic ControllerGT=105
    7257 - Air Traffic ControllerGT=105
    73 -- Navigation Officer/Enlisted Flight Crews 
    7314 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Air Vehicle OperatorGT=105
    7371 - Aerial NavigatorGT=110
    7381 - Airborne Radio Operator/Inflight Refueling Observer/ LoadmasterGT=110
    80 -- Miscellaneous Requirements MOSs 

     

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