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Retaking the ASVAB

Can you retake the ASVAB?

Sure you can… kinda.

While you can’t really “fail” the tests, you can fail to get a score needed to qualify for the branch or job you wish. Because of that many people wish to retake their exams. The first thing you should know is that there is no rush to take your ASVAB in the first place. Your recruiter might try to push you along and get you to MEPS to take it so he can get you through the pipeline before you change your mind or to hit his monthly goal, but there is no set timetable for when you have to take it, so calm down and study. When you are ready let the recruiter know that you wish to take the test.

If you thought you were ready but found out otherwise, you can retake the test if you meet certain criteria. Each branch has their own set of rules of who can retake the exam. Here is the most up to date info I found.

If you are allowed to retake the ASVAB you will have to wait 30 days after your initial test to retake it. another 30 days for the 2nd retake and then 6 months for the 3rd retake.


The Army including the National Guard and reserves will allow you to retest if:

  • Your earlier ASVAB score has expired (they last for two years).
  • You failed to get a score that is eligible to enlist
  • An emergency happened and you were not able to finish your test.

You are not allowed to retake the test so you can meet a score that gets an enlistment bonus, to qualify for certain jobs or other special programs.

Air Force

The Air Force will not allow you to retake the exam while you’re in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). You can retake the exam if you have a passing AFQT score but are not yet in DEP. Retesting is allowed in cases where the potential recruits line scores limit the ability to match a job with the recruits qualifications.


The Navy will allow you to retake the ASVAB if your earlier scores are over two years old or they fail to qualify for enlistment in the Navy.

Once you are in DEP you pretty much can not retest. However, if you have an AFQT score between 28-30 you can qualify for the Navy’s DEP Enrichment Program. This program enrolls you in academic enhancement training and when retested if you score over 31 on the ASVAB then you can be processed for active duty.


You can retest if your earlier scores are over two years old or if “your scores do not match your ability”. So if your recruiter thinks you’re a smart guy who had a brain fart on test day.. he can authorize you to retest.

you can not retest just because you didn’t qualify for the job you wanted.

Coast Guard

Like the Marines Corps… if your recruiter thinks you didn’t live up to your potential on test day they can authorize you to retake the test 30 days after your initial exam.

Unlike the other branches the Coast Guard will allow you to retest solely for the reason of raising your score to get the job you want… You just have to wait 6 months between tests to do it.