Marine Requirements

In order to enlist in the Marines, you need to meet certain requirements:

  • Citizenship: When enlisting you must show proof of legal residency. By the time you become an officer, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Age: You must be 17 years old and not have reached your 29th birthday.
  • Education: You must have a high school diploma.
  • You must be in fair physical condition.
  • You must have gone to School of Infantry (SOI) or Marine Combat Training (MCT) and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School.

ASVAB Marine Scores

If you meet all of the qualifications, the next step in your application process is to take the ASVAB. In order to enlist in the Marines and move on in the recruitment process, you will need to receive an AQFT score of at least 32 with a high school diploma or 50 with a GED. Each position in the Marines 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 Maintenance (MM) General Science (GS), Auto & Shop Information (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK),Mechanical Comprehension (MC) GS + AS + MK + MC
General Technical (GT) Verbal Expression (VE)*, Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) VE + AR
Electronics (EL) 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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