US Military Enlistment Height and Weights Standards

Height, Weight and Body Fat Standards

US Military

As you can see below, the standards for height, weight and body fat percentages vary among the services and there is not military wide individual standard for any of these standards for admitted military members as well as active duty members.


The military only accepts candidates who fall into a specific height range. This is primarily because the military doesn't have the time or money to order custom-made uniforms and equipment for those who fall outside of the standard ranges.

Shipboard life can be particularly difficult if someone exceeds the height standards.

The cause for rejection for Armed Forces male applicants is height less than 60 inches or more than 80 inches. The cause for rejection for Armed Forces female applicants is height less than 58 inches or more than 80 inches. The Marines are more restrictive. For the Marines, height standards for male applicants range from 58 to 78 inches. Height standards for female applicants range from 58 to 72 inches.


The services have both height and weights standards.  If you fail the height / weight charts, but pass the body fat standards you are still eligible for service.  The height and weight standards do not take into account someone with above average muscle mass on their frame so someone with little fat at all can actually fail the maximum allowed weight for the military for his / her height. The additional test is a circumference test where body fat is measured by a series of tape measurements around the neck and belly button area.

 To make the process quicker, if someone simply passes the height and weight standards, they pass the test and do not require additional taping to check to see if they are within body fat standards. It takes extra time and effort to measure body fat, so the services use weight charts to do an initial screening.

 There are no waivers for exceeding required body fat limits.

Air Force Weight Chart - Male/Female
Army Weight Chart - Males
Army Weight Chart - Females
Navy Weight Chart - Male/Female
Marine Corps Weight Chart - Male
Marine Corps Weight Chart - Female

Body Fat

If the applicant exceeds the weight shown on the above charts, they are measured for body fat. Using a circumference / chart method, which is roughly 3-5% within range of accuracy typically, body fat can be estimated for those members who fail the height weight standards.  Body-fat standards for each of the services are

Army: (Accession standards)

  • Male 17-30 - 24%
  • Male 21-27 - 26%
  • Male 28-39 - 28%
  • Male 40+ - 30%
  • Female 17-30 - 30%
  • Female 21-27 - 32%
  • Female 28-39 - 34%
  • Female 40 + - 36%

Air Force: (Accession Standards)

  • Male 17-29 - 20%
  • Male 30 + - 24%
  • Female 17-29 - 28%
  • Female 30 + - 32%

Navy: (Accession Standards)

  • Male - 23%
  • Female - 34%

Marine Corps: (Accession and Regular Standards)

  • Male - 18%
  • Females - 26%

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