Air Force Careers & Required ASVAB Scores

The ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a multiple choice test given by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command to determine which job you will be best qualified for upon enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.  After completing the ASVAB and receiving your score, you can then decide which job, from the list of eligible jobs for your particular score you would like to choose for your career in the military. Jobs in the Army and Marine Corps are referred to as an “MOS” or Military Occupational Specialty and in the Air Force it jobs are referred to as an “AFSC” or Air Force Specialty Code.  The Navy and Coast Guard refer to their jobs as “ratings” or “rate” for short.  The following will give you a breakdown of job codes and their required ASVAB scores for each military branch. 

The ASVAB is broken down into subtests. Composite scores are figured from the ASVAB subtest scores and are used to help classify new recruits into military occupations.  Each branch of service assembles its own set of composites based on the combination of subtests that correlate to the jobs they have available.  The subtest for the ASVAB are as follows: General Science(GS), Arithmetic Reasoning(AR), Word Knowledge(WK), Paragraph Comprehension(PC), Numerical Operations(NO), Coding Speed(CS), Auto and Shop(AS), Mathematics Knowledge(MK), Mechanical Comprehension(MC), Electronics Information(EI) and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension(VE).  The following chart indicates the composite scores that are computed for each branch of service, which category they fall under and how they are computed. 

 ASVAB and Air Force

The Air Force breaks down the ASVAB subtest scores into qualification areas to determine which jobs you are best suited for.  These qualification areas and the set of composites that make up each are as follows:

 Qualification Area ASVAB Subtests Composite
G – General  Verbal Expression(WK + PC) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
M – Mechanical Mechanical  Comprehension(MC), General Science(GS) and 2 times Auto and Shop Information(AS)
A – Administrative Numerical Operations(NO),Coding Speed(CS) and Verbal Expression(WK + PC)
E – Electrical Arithmetic Reasoning(AR), Mathematics Knowledge(MK), Electronics

The following are the Air Force AFSC’s and their required ASVAB scores:

Minimum Scores

AFSC AFSC Title Qualification Area Minimum Scores
1A0X1 In-Flight Refueling G55
1A1X1 Flight Engineer G57
1A2X1 Aircraft Loadmaster G57
1A3X1 Airborne Communication Systems E70
1A6X1 Flight Attendant A28
1A8X1 Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst G72
1A8X2 Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator G72
1A9X1 Special Missions Aviation M60 & G57
1B4X1 Cyber Warfare Operations G64
1C0X2 Aviation Resource Management A41
1C1X1 Air Traffic Control G55
1C2X1 Combat Control M55 & G55
1C3X1 Command & Control Operations A55 & G67
1C4X1 Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) G49
1C5X1 Command & Control Battle Management Operations G55
1C6X1 Space Systems Operations E70
1C7X1 Airfield Management M40 & G50
1C8X3 Radar Airfield & Weather Systems (RAWS) E70
1N0X1 Intelligence Applications A64
1N1X1 Geospatial Intelligence Analyst G66
1N2X1 Signals Intelligence Analyst G72
1N3X1 Cryptologic Language Analyst G72
1N4X1 Fusion Analyst G62
1N7X1 Human Intelligence Specialist G72
1P0X1 Aircrew Flight Equipment M40
1S0X1 Safety G55
1T0X1 Survival Evasion, Resistance, & Escape (SERE) G55
1T2X1 Pararescue G44
1U0X1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Sensor Operator G64 or E54
1U1X1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot G64 & E54
1W0X1 Weather G66 & E50
1W0X2 Special Operations Weather G66 & E50
2A0X1 Avionics Test Station & Component E70
2A2X1 Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems E70
2A2X2 Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems E70
2A2X3 Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems E70
2A3X3 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance M47
2A3X4 Flight Aircraft Integrated Avionics E70
2A3X5 Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics E70
2A3X7 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (5th Generation) M47
2A3X8 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance M47
2A5X1 Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance M47
2A5X2 Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft Maintenance M56
2A5X3 Mobility Air Forces Electronic Warfare Systems E70
2A5X4 Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance M47
2A6X1 Aerospace Propulsion (Jet Engines, Turboprop & Turboshaft) M56
2A6X2 Aerospace Ground Equipment M47 & E28
2A6X3 Aircrew Egress Systems M56
2A6X4 Aircraft Fuel Systems M47
2A6X5 Aircraft Hydraulic Systems M56
2A6X6 Aircraft Electrical & Environmental Systems M41 & E61
2A7X1 Aircraft Metals Technology M47
2A7X2 Nondestructive Inspection M42
2A7X3 Aircraft Structural Maintenance M47
2A7X5 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance M47
2A8X1 Mobility Air Forces Integrated Communication/Navigation Mission System E70
2A8X2 Mobility Air Forces Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems E70
2A9X1 Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems E70
2A9X2 Bomber/Special Integrated Instrument & Flight Control Systems E70
2A9X3 Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare & Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics E70
2F0X1 Fuels M47 & G38
2G0X1 Logistics Plans A56
2M0X1 Missile & Space Sys Electronics Maintenance E70
2M0X2 Missile & Space Systems Maintenance M47
2M0X3 Missile & Space Facilities E70
2P0X1 Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory E70
2R0X1 Maintenance Management Analysis G55
2R1X1 Maintenance Management Production G44
2S0X1 Material Management A41 or G44
2T0X1 Traffic Management A35
2T1X1 Ground Transportation M40
2T2X1 Air Transportation M47 & A28
2T3X1 Mission Generation Vehicular Equipment Maintenance M47
2T3X7 Fleet Management and Analysis A41
2W0X1 Munitions System M60 or G57
2W1X1 Aircraft Armament Systems M60 or E45
2W2X1 Nuclear Weapons M60
3D0X1 Knowledge Operations Management G64
3D0X2 Cyber Systems Operations G64
3D0X3 Cyber Security G64
3D0X4 Computer Systems Programming G64
3D1X1 Client Systems E60
3D1X2 Cyber Transport Systems Data Link E70
3D1X3 RF Transmission Systems E70
3D1X4 Spectrum Operations E60
3D1X7 Cable and Antenna Systems M55 or E55
3E0X1 Electrical Systems M35 & E35
3E0X2 Electrical Power Production M56 & E40
3E1X1 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration M47 or E28
3E2X1 Pavements & Construction Equipment M40
3E3X1 Structural M47
3E4X1 Water & Fuel Systems Maintenance M47 & E28
3E4X3 Pest Management G38
3E5X1 Engineering G49
3E6X1 Operations Management G44
3E7X1 Fire Protection G38
3E8X1 Explosive Ordinance Disposal M60 & G64
3E9X1 Emergency Management G62
3F0X1 Personnel A41
3F1X1 Services G24
3F2X1 Education & Training G59
3F3X1 Manpower G66
3F4X1 Equal Opportunity A41 or G44
3F5X1 Administration A47
3H0X1 Historian G72
3N0X2 Broadcast Journalist G72
3N0X5 Photojournalist G72
3N1X1 Regional Band A21 or G24
3N2X1 Premier Band A21 or G24
3P0X1 Security Forces G33
3P0X1A Military Working Dog Handler G33
3P0X1B Combat Arms M35
4A0X1 Health Services Management G44
4A1X1 Medical Materiel G44
4A2X1 Biomedical Equipment E70 & M60
4B0X1 Bioenvironmental Engineering G49
4C0X1 Mental Health Service G55
4D0X1 Diet Therapy G44
4E031 Public Health G44
4H031 Cardiopulmonary Laboratory G44
4J0X2 Physical Medicine Orthotic G49
4M0X1 Aerospace & Operational Physiology G44
4N0X1 Aerospace Medical Services G50
4N1X1 Surgical Services G44
4P0X1 Pharmacy G44
4R0X1 Diagnostic Imaging G44
4T0X1 Medical Laboratory G62
4T0X2 Histopathology G44
4V0X1 Ophthalmic/Ophthalmology G55
4Y0X1 Dental Assistant/Hygienist G44
4Y0X2 Dental Laboratory G66
5J0X1 Paralegal G51
5R0X1 Chaplain Assistant A35 or G44
6C0X1 Contracting G72
6F0X1 Financial Management & Comptroller G57
7S0X1 Special Investigation G44
8B200 Academy Military Training NCO G49
8D100 Language & Culture Advisor G60
8H000 Airmen Dorm Leader G47
8M000 Postal A28
8P000 Define Attaché G44
8R200 Second-Tier Recruiter G24
8R300 Third-Tier Recruiter G24
8S000 Missile Facility Manager M40
8U000 Unit Deployment Manager A56
9L000 Interpreter/Translator G72
9S100 Scientific Applications Specialist M88 & E85