The Marines are known for recruiting some of the most physically fit young people-and now they might be after the brainiest too.
Commandant Gen. David Berger has instructed his staff to look at raising the bar on a test score used to weed out new recruits. In the next six months, the Marine Corps could require all incoming recruits to score at least a 40 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test—a 9-point jump over what's needed to enlist today.
Berger also wants infantry riflemen to hit a General Technical （GT） score of at least 100.
Both test scores are based on how people perform on specific sections of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test （ASVAB）.
A test to measure word knowledge, paragraph comprehension and arithmetic reasoning.
A multiple-choice test that helps identify which Military Occupational Specialties would be best for an individual.
ASVAB is meant to measure a person's strengths and potential for success in military training.