Military Jobs

Applicants are assigned to jobs through a procedure called classification. Because there are hundreds of thousands of applicants and hundreds of jobs to be filled each year, classification is used to assist in matching applicants to suitable jobs.

Composite scores computed from ASVAB subtest scores are used to help classify new recruits into military occupations. Each Service develops and validates its own set of composites based on the combination of subtests that are most highly correlated with on-the-job performance for clusters of occupations. Applicants’ scores on these composites are used to help determine the military occupations for which an applicant is best suited.

The table below indicates the composite scores that are computed for each Service and how they are computed.

Composite Scores by Service

To learn more about the ASVAB subtests that go into the computation of the composite scores, click here.

Information about specific careers in the military is available at www.careersinthemilitary.com and www.todaysmilitary.com, or at the Service-specific websites:

Air Force:
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