The Coast Guard is just like every other military branch in that there are different military ratings and responsibilities of each service member.
With that said, they have the highest ASVAB score requirements out of every branch of the military, including the Air Force.
This is not a surprise, considering they are the smallest (and most selective) branch.
Just like the other branches, your ASVAB score determines exactly what jobs you qualify for.
For starters, the Coast Guard requires the following minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) scores to even be considered: 36
Keep in mind that having the minimum necessary score does not guarantee that you’ll be accepted into the Coast Guard.
ASVAB Scores For Coast Guard Jobs
|Coast Guard Rating||Coast Guard Job Title||ASVAB|
|AET||Avionics Electrical Technician||Min. score: 171|
|Min. score: 213 (min. AR: 52)|
|AST||Aviation Survival Technician||Min. score: 162 (Minimum AFQT score of 65)|
|BM||Boatswain’s Mate||Min. score: 101|
|CS||Culinary Specialist||Min. score: 106|
|DC||Damage Controlman||Min. score: 152|
|DV||Diver||Min. score: 104|
|EM||Electrician’s Mate||Min. score: 152 (Minimum AR of 52)|
|ET||Electronics Technician||Min. score: 171 (Minimum AR of 52) or AFQT of 66|
|FS||Food Service Specialist||Min. score: 106|
|GM||Gunner’s Mate||Min. score: 208|
|HS||Health Services Technician||Min. score: 154|
|IT||Information Systems Technician||Min. score: 171 (Minimum AR 52)|
|IS||Intelligence Specialist||Min. score: N/A|
|IV||Investigator||Min. score: N/A|
|MK||Machinery Technician||Min. score: 150 or VE+AR of 106|
|MST||Marine Science Technician||Min. score: 115 (Minimum MK of 58)|
|ME||Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist||Min. score: 100|
|MU||Musician||Min. score: N/A|
|OS||Operations Specialist||Min. score: 106|
|PS||Port Security Specialist||Min. score: 101|
|PA||Public Affairs Specialist||Min. score: 110 (Minimum VE of 60)|
|SK||Storekeeper||Min. score: 106 (Minimum VE of 52)|
|YN||Yeoman||Min. score: 106 and NO+CS of 101|
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a good ASVAB score for the Coast Guard?
In order to increase your chances of getting into the Coast Guard, you’ll want to score as high as possible.
An AFQT score of 50 or better would be considered a good score.
Keep in mind that you can retake the test several times if your score is sub-par, with a few stipulations.
What is the highest you can score on the ASVAB?
The highest possible score for the ASVAB test is 99, which would place you in the 99th percentile.
What ASVAB score do I need to become a rescue swimmer?
In order to qualify for Aviation Survival Technician (IE ‘Rescue Swimmer), you will need a minimum ASVAB score of 162.
To better your chances of being accepted, you should try to score higher.
What’s the necessary score for the Coast Guard reserves?
In order to join the Coast Guard reserve, you will need a minimum AFQT score of 40 on the ASVAB.
The Coast Guard reserve is also very difficult to get into, especially when compared to other military branches.
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