Scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) are a major determining factor in the job selection process for enlistees in the United States Air Force. Each career in the Air Force has specific minimum scores that enlistees must meet in order to be eligible for service in that field. These scores vary greatly depending on the complexity and nature of each job.
The ASVAB in its entirety is a two hour and 14 minute test composed of 200 questions in eight categories: general science, arithmetic reasoning, work knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, auto and shop information and mechanical comprehension. Performance on the test is graded, and testers are assigned scores in four areas: general, mechanical, administrative and electrical. These specific values are what is used to determine eligibility for different career fields.
General careers in the Air Force are jobs that don't require a great deal of specific technical experience. These include positions ranging from aircraft loadmaster and in-flight re-fueling to security forces and public affairs. Minimums for these careers are usually determined using the general score, however a few jobs such as air traffic control, material management and weather have additional requirements in the mechanical, administrative and electrical areas.
Required scores in this category range from a 33 general score for security forces enlistees to a general score of 72 for public affairs, radio and television broadcasting, electronics signal intelligence, cryptologic linguistics and contracting.
Mechanical careers in the Air Force consist of careers such as aircraft and vehicle maintenance, nuclear weapons jobs and ordinance maintenance and disposal. Minimums for these careers are mostly drawn from the mechanical score on the ASVAB, although some careers such as air transportation, munitions systems and electrical power production utilize additional minimums from the administrative, general and electrical scores.
Required scores in this category run from a minimum of a 40 mechanical score for those entering the aircrew flight equipment and vehicle operations fields to a mechanical score of 88 and an electrical score of 85 for technical application specialists.
Air Force administrative careers include jobs that primarily focus on data entry and organizing information. These include jobs in the fields of logistics, personnel and traffic management. Jobs in this category solely utilize minimums from the administrative score.
Score requirements in this category run from a minimum of a 35 administrative score to enlist in traffic management to a 56 administrative score for those entering the logistics field.
Electrical careers in the Air Force consist of jobs that require an increased aptitude when working with technological systems and electronics. These career fields range from jobs working with avionics to careers in missile and space facilities and cyber transport systems. Minimums for electrical careers are primarily drawn from the enlistee's electrical score on the ASVAB, however some jobs such as those working with cable and antenna systems and biomedical equipment have an additional required mechanical score.
Minimums in this category range from a 35 electrical and mechanical score to enlist in the electrical systems category to an electrical score of 70 to work in an avionics-related career field.
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