Navy Requirements

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

  • Citizenship: To serve as an enlisted sailor, you must be a U.S. citizen. If you're a non-citizen, you may join the Navy if you entered the United States on a permanent residence visa or have an Alien Registration Green Card and have established a bona fide residence and a home of record in the United States. To serve as an officer, you must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Age: To serve in the Navy, you must be least 17 years old and no older than 34. To serve as an officer, you must be at least 19 years old and no older than 35.
  • Education: You must have a high school diploma, earned a GED, or met other high school equivalency requirements. To become an officer, you must have a four-year BS or BA.
  • Family: You can enlist or join the Navy if you are a single parent, but the Navy will normally not allow you to enlist if you have more than two dependents under the age of 18.
  • Financial Obligations: You must prove that you can meet your current financial obligations.
  • Drug/Alcohol Policy: The Navy has a zero tolerance policy. Early in the enlistment process you will need to take two urinalysis tests. You will also be asked about prior drug and alcohol use.
  • Medical/Legal/Moral Standards: The Navy also applies medical, legal, and character standards to your application, including traffic offense history, criminal history, citizenship status, and more.

ASVAB Navy 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 Navy and move on in the recruitment process, you will need to receive an AQFT score of at least 35 with a high school diploma or 50 with a GED. Each Navy 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
Engineman (ENG) Auto & Shop Information (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) AS + MK
Administrative (ADM) Verbal Expression (VE)*, Mathematics Knowledge (MK) VE + MK
General Technical (GT) Verbal Expression (VE), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) VE + AR
Mechanical Maintenance Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Auto & Shop Information (AS), Mechanical Comprehension (MC) AR + AS + MC
Health (HM) General Science (GS), Verbal Expression (VE), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) GS + VE + MK
Mechanical Maintenance (MEC 2) Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mechanical Comprehension (MC), Assembling Objects (AO) AR + MC + AO
Electronics (EL) General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Electronics Information (EI) GS + AR + MK + EI
Nuclear Field (NUC) Verbal Expression (VE)*, Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Mechanical Comprehension (MC) VE + AR + MK + MC
Engineering and Electronics (BEE) General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) GS + AR + (2 x MK)
Operations (OPS) Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) AR + MK

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


Prepare for the ASVAB

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