The Navy is a little more restrictive than the Army when it comes to AFQT scores but only when it comes to enlistment with a GED instead of a high school diploma.
If you have a high school diploma the minimum AFQT score necessary for enlistment in the Navy is 31 and it’s 50 if you have a GED. Applicants with a GED must be at least 19 years old and show a proven work history. GED recruits make up 5 to 10 percent of each year’s Navy class.
A minimum score of 50 is required for you to qualify for the Navy College Fund or college loan repayment program.
The Navy also raises its minimum AFQT requirement for females to 50 when it receives too many female applicants as on-ship housing for females is limited.
If you don’t meet the minimum AFQT score requirements for the Army the option for a retest is available under the circumstances:
- The applicant’s previous ASVAB test has expired (text scores expire after two years).
- The applicant did not achieve a score that was high enough to qualify for enlistment.
- Applicants in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) can’t retest.
(The Navy does offer a DEP Enrichment Program which provides provisional DEP enlistment of applicants with a high school diploma who have AFQT scores between 28 and 30. DEP applicants in this program are allowed to retest.)