The Air Force is the most restrictive branch of the military when it comes to AFQT scores.

The minumum AFQT score necessary for enlistment in the Air Force is 36 if you have a high school diploma and 65 if you have a GED.  The average yearly Air Force recruitment class contains less than one percent enlistees who have a GED instead of a high school diploma.

The minimum score of 36 can be lowered to 31 if the applicant has a special skill that the Air Force considers critical (like speaking a particular foreign language) but this only happens in rare cases.

Retest Policy

If you don’t meet the minimum AFQT score requirements for the Air Force the option for a retest is available under the following conditions:

  1. The recruiting flight chief must interview the applicant and give approval for the retest.
  2. No retests are allowed for applicants after they’ve enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) or for those who are holding a job area reservation.
  3. Retesting can happen thirty days after the initial test and six months after each retest.
  4. Retesting is authorized to allow an applicant to qualify for additional jobs that require a higher score.