Requirements

In order to join the Air Force, you need to meet a few requirements:

  • Age - To enlist, you cannot be younger than 17 or older than 39 years old. To join as an officer, you cannot be younger than 18 or older than 34 years old. To join as a healthcare, law, or ministry professional, you cannot be younger than 18 or older than 48 years old.
  • Education - You must have a high school diploma or a GED
  • Citizenship - You must be a citizen of the United States. You must be a legal permanent resident with a valid green card or a legal non-citizen with a visa. However, to become an Air Force officer you must be a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen
  • Vision - You may have an eye refraction level of no worse than + or - 8.0. Some careers, like pilots, have stricter vision requirements.
  • Tattoos - You may not display excessive tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image while in uniform. Excessive tattoos are classified as those that cover over 25% of any body part.
  • Drugs - In most cases, substance abuse is disqualifying.
  • Criminal Record - Law violations have an impact on qualifying for Air Force enlistment. Even an excessive number of traffic-related law violations within a 365-day period could negatively impact your eligibility. If you have concerns about your record, contact your recruiter to discuss your situation.

Air Force ASVAB Scores

When you apply to join the Air Force as an enlisted airman, you will take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) entrance exam.

If you have a high school diploma, you must achieve a 36 AFQT (overall score) as the minimum qualifying score. With a GED you must achieve a 65 AFQT.

The ASVAB is not required for candidates seeking to join the Air Force as an officer. However, most officer candidates must pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT). Each Air Force position requires a different test score.

Below is a table listing each qualification area, the ASVAB subtest, and what the final line score is a result of:

Qualification Area ASVAB Sub-tests Line Score Formula
Mechanical General Science (GS), Mechanical Comprehension (MC), Auto & Shop Information (AS) GS + MC + 2 x AS
Administrative Verbal Expression (VE)* VE
General Verbal Expression (VE)*, Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) VE + AR
Electronics General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Electronics Information (EI) GS + AR + MK + EI

*Verbal Expression (VE) = Word Knowledge (WK) + Paragraph Comprehension (PC)


Prepare for the ASVAB

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