The Navy refers to their specialties as Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC), or ratings.
The Navy currently tests in the following subtests:
- Assembling Objects (AO)
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
- Auto and Shop Information (AS)
- Electronics Information (EI)
- General Science (GS)
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
- Word Knowledge (WK)
The minimum ASVAB score to join the US Navy is an AFQT of 35, placing it 1 point lower than the Air Force.
Your AFQT score can be calculated by combining the scores from the following portions of the test: AR + MK + WK + PC.
You will need a relatively high AFQT score to qualify for most Navy jobs, but the test is relatively easy when stacked up to college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT.
The complete list of available NECs and the necessary testing requirements on the ASVAB can be found below.
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ASVAB Scores and Navy Jobs (Ratings)
|NEC||Navy Job Title||ASVAB Subtest Scores (Minimum)|
|AG||Aerographers Mate||VE + MK + GS = 162|
|PR||Aircrew Survival Equipmentman||VE + AR + MK + AS = 185 or MK+ AS + AO = 140|
|AW||Aircrewman||VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or VE+AR+MK+AS=210|
|AC||Air Traffic Controller||VE+AR+MK+MC=220 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220|
|AB||Aviation Boatswains Mate||VE+AR+MK+AS= 184|
|AE||Aviation Electrician’s Mate||AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222|
|AT||Aviation Electronics Technician||MK+EI+GS+AR=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222|
|AD||Aviation Machinist’s Mate||VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210|
|AZ||Aviation Maintenance Administration Man||VE+AR=102|
|AO||Aviation Ordnanceman||VE+AR+MK+AS=185 or MK+AS+AO=140|
|AM||Aviation Structural Mechanic||VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210|
|AME||Aviation Structural Mechanic – Equipment||VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210|
|AS||Aviation Support Equipment Technician||VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210|
|BM||Boatswain’s Mate||VE+AR+MK+AS=175 or MK+AS+AO=135|
|CTT||Cryptologic Technician – Technical||VE+MK+GS=162|
|CTR||Cryptologic Technician – Collection||VE+AR=109|
|CTI||Cryptologic Technician Interpretive||VE+MK+GS=162 and DLAB CAT 4 = 110 CAT 3 = 105 CAT 1 = 100|
|CTM||Cryptologic Technician – Maintenance||MK+EI+GS+AR=223|
|CTN||Cryptologic Technician – Networks||AR+2MK+GS=235 or VE+AR+MK+MC=235|
|DC||Damage Controlman||VE+AR+MK+AS=205 or VE+AR+MK+MC=205|
|EM||Electrician’s Mate||VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or AR+MK+EI+GS=210|
|NUC||Electronics Technician (Nuclear) ET||VE+AR+MK+MC+NAPT=290 and NAPT=55 or AR+MK+EI+GS+NAPT=290 and NAPT=55 or AR+MK+EI+GS=252 or VE+AR+MK+MC=252|
|EN||Engineman||VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or VE+AR+MK+AO=205|
|EOD||Explosive Ordinance Disposal||(a) VE + AR = 109 and MC = 51 or GS + MC + EI = 169, (b) AR + VE = 110 and MC = 50 or GS + MC + EI = 165|
|FT||Fire Control Technician||AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222|
|GSE||Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Electrical||VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or AR+MK+EI+GS=210|
|GSM||Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Mechanical||VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or VE+AR+MK+AO=205|
|HT||Hull Maintenance Technician||VE+AR+MK+AS=205 or VE+AR+MK+MC=205|
|IT||Information Systems Technician||AR+2MK+GS=222 or AR+MK+EI+GS=222|
|IC||Interior Communications Electrician||AR+MK+EI+GS=213|
|LN||Legalman||VE+MK=105 Minimum VE=52 or VE+MK+CS=157 Minimum VE=52|
|LS (SS)||Logistics Specialist – Submarines||AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200|
|MR||Machinery Repairman||VE+AR+MK+AS=205 or VE+AR+MK+MC=205|
|MM||Machinist’s Mate||VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or VE+AR+MK+AO=205|
|MC||Mass Communication Specialist||VE+AR=115 and VE=55|
|MA||Master-At-Arms||WK+AR=98, Minimum WK = 43|
|MN||Mineman||VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or AR+MK+EI+GS=210|
|MT||Missile Technician||AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222|
|NC||Navy Counselor||VE+AR=104 and AR=51|
|ND||Navy Diver||VE+AR=103 and MC=51|
|OS||Operations Specialist||AR+2MK+GS=210 or VE+MK+CS=157|
|PS||Personnel Specialist||VE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157|
|RP||Religious Program Specialist||VE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157|
|SB||Special Warfare Boat Operator||VE+AR=103 and MC=51|
|SO||Special Warfare Operator||GS+MC+EI=170 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220 or AR+VE=110 with minimum MC=50|
|SECF||Submarine Electronics/Computer Field||AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222|
|UCT||Underwater Construction Team||VE+AR=103 and MC=51|
|YN||Yeoman||AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is considered a good ASVAB score for the Navy?
In general, an AFQT score of 88 would be considered good. It means that you scored better than 88% of the other guys and girls that took the test, and would qualify you for most jobs in the Navy.
With that said, you can still qualify for a wide variety of jobs with a much lower score.
2. What’s the lowest score I can get?
For the Navy, the lowest score you can get to enlist is an AFQT of 35. Keep in mind that this isn’t your actual score on the ASVAB.
Rather it simply means that you scored better than 35% of the others that took the test.
Additionally, you will still qualify for numerous jobs with this score.
3. What’s the highest score I can get?
The highest AFQT score you can get on the ASVAB test is 99. This score is difficult to obtain, but is certainly possible!
4. What score do I need to become a Navy SEAL?
In order to qualify for a SEAL contract, you will need the following combined scores:
GS + MC + EI = 165, or;
VE + MK + MC + CS = 220
There are no exceptions to this, and you cannot obtain a waiver if you don’t have the requisite ASVAB score.
5. Does my score affect my Navy pay?
No. Your pay in the Navy will be dependent on 2 factors:
1. Your rank
2. Your length of time in service.
Learn more about the Navy ranks and pay here.
6. Can I retake the ASVAB?
Yes. You’re allowed to retake the ASVAB as many times as you’d like, under certain conditions.
First, you’ll have to wait at least 1 calendar month before retaking it a 2nd time.
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