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 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 score 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).

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 Meteorological 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 Cryptologic 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 CorrespondentGT=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