US Marine Corps (USMC) Weight Standards

To be in the Marines, you must meet these weight standards

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It is every Marine’s responsibility to meet and maintain personal weight that conforms to the Marine Corps' body composition standards. If a Marine's weight falls outside of the standards, a program must be undertaken that will bring the Marine back into physical weight standards.

Marines on light or limited duty whose medical condition precludes them from participating in specific activities will be expected to participate in conditioning alternatives and dietary adjustments in order to maintain these standards.

What USMC Weight Standards Mean

The Marine Corps' weight and body fat standards are health and performance based, and not based on appearance. Marines are considered not within these standards when their body weight and body fat exceed the maximum limits.

Each Marine is weighed at least semi-annually (annually for Reserves), and each Marine's weight is compared to the below chart.

How Height and Weight Are Measured

When measuring height, the Marine stands with his or her back against a wall, head facing forward and heels flat on the floor. Shoulders are back and arms hang relaxed at the sides. Height is measured to the nearest inch. For example, if the Marine's height is measured as 5 feet and 8¾ inches, then the height is rounded to 5 feet 9 inches.

Weight is measured on a calibrated scale, either digital or a balance beam scale. The Marine is measured in their PT uniform with no shoes (one pound is taken off the measured weight to account for the PT uniform only).

Weight is measured to the nearest pound. For example, if the Marine's weight is measured as 165 and ¾ pounds (165.75 lbs.), then the weight will be rounded up to 166 pounds.

Body Composition Program

If the Marine's weight exceeds the allowable weight on the chart, they will be measured for body fat. If they exceed the body fat allowance, then the Marine is enrolled in the Body Composition Program—once known as the "Weight Control Program." If the Marine fails to lose the required weight and body fat required to meet standards while enrolled in the Body Composition Program, they can ultimately be discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

If the Marine is over the weight on the chart but meets the body fat standard, they are considered to be within the required standards, and no further action is taken.

Marine Corps Weight Standards Charts

MALE
Height (in.)Maximum Weight (lbs.)Minimum Weight (lbs.)
5813291
5913694
6014197
61146100
62150104
63155107
64160110
65165114
66170117
67176121
68181125
69186128
70192132
71197136
72203140
73208144
74214148
75220152
76226156
77232160
78238164
79244168
80250173
     
FEMALE
Height (in.)Maximum Weight (lbs.)Minimum Weight (lbs.)
5812091
5912494
6012897
61132100
62137104
63141107
64146110
65150114
66155117
67160121
68164125
69169128
70174132
71179136
72184140
73189144
74195148
75200152
76205156
77211160
78216164
79222168
80228173

Note: No action is required for Marines who are below the Minimum Standards. Commanders may refer such Marines for a medical evaluation to determine if they are in good health.

Marine Body Fat Standards

The Marine Corps changed their body-fat standards, effective August 11, 2008. These new standards are as follows:

MALE
AGE 17-26: 18%
AGE 27-39: 19%
AGE 40-45: 20%
AGE 46+ :21%

FEMALE
AGE 17-26: 26%
AGE 27-39: 27%
AGE 40-45: 28%
AGE 46+: 29%

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