U.S. Army Weight Charts

Weight Charts And Body Fat Percent For Male And Female Army Soldiers

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The Army Body Composition Program (formerly the Weight Control Program - WCP).  Requiring Army personnel to maintain a certain body weight and fat percentage has many reasons but primarily it helps to maintain high physical performance, handling arduous tasks in your career field, and prevents injuries during training cycles and deployments. 

Military effectiveness, personal appearance, and self-esteem of people who are not meeting the height-weight standards and body fat minimums are negatively impacted.

 These body composition issues influence attitude and morale of the soldier and the unit he/she belongs.

Soldiers are weighed at least twice per year (usually in conjunction with the Army Physical Fitness Test, to ensure they meet Army standards for weight and fitness.

Individuals who exceed the maximum weight shown on the charts below are measured for body-fat content. Those who exceed the Army's Body-Fat Standards are entered into a Weight Management Program (WMP), whereby they are required to lose a designated amount of weight each month until they meet the Body-Fat Standards. Individuals who fail to make satisfactory progress while in the WMP are subject to involuntary discharge.

If you fall below the minimum weight shown in that column of the table, you will be referred by your commander for immediate medical evaluation.

These tables are published in Army Regulation 600-9: The Army Body Composition Program.

The tables below reflect the 2015 version.

Male Weight to Height Table - Screening Table Weight

Height (inches)

Minimum Weight (pounds)

Age 17–20

Age 21–27

Age 28–39

Age 40+

58

91

-

-

-

-

59

94

-

-

-

-

60

97

132

136

139

141

61

100

136

140

144

146

62

104

141

144

148

150

63

107

145

149

153

155

64

110

150

154

158

160

65

114

155

159

163

165

66

117

160

163

168

170

67

121

165

169

174

176

68

125

170

174

179

181

69

128

175

179

184

186

70

132

180

185

189

192

71

136

185

189

194

197

72

140

190

195

200

203

73

144

195

200

205

208

74

148

201

206

211

214

75

152

206

212

217

220

76

156

212

217

223

226

77

160

218

223

229

232

78

164

223

229

235

238

79

168

229

235

241

244

80

173

234

240

247

250

For heights over 80 inches, add six pounds per inch for males.

Body Fat Percent Standards

The maximum allowable body fat standards are:

Maximum Body Fat Standards (Male)
Age 17-20 = 20%
Age 21-27 = 22%
Age 28-39 = 24%
Age 40+ = 26%

Female Weight to Height Table - Screening Table Weight

Height (inches)

Minimum Weight (pounds)

17–20

21–27

28–39

40+

58

91

119

121

122

123

59

94

124

125

126

128

60

97

128

129

131

133

61

100

132

134

135

137

62

104

136

138

140

142

63

107

141

143

144

146

64

110

145

147

149

151

65

114

150

152

154

156

66

117

155

156

158

161

67

121

159

161

163

166

68

125

164

166

168

171

69

128

169

171

173

176

70

132

174

176

178

181

71

136

179

181

183

186

72

140

184

186

188

191

73

144

189

191

194

197

74

148

194

197

199

202

75

152

200

202

204

208

76

156

205

207

210

213

77

160

210

213

215

219

78

164

216

218

221

225

79

168

221

224

227

230

80

173

227

230

233

236

For heights over 80 inches, add five pounds per inch for females.

Body Fat Percent Standards

The maximum allowable body fat standards are:

Maximum Body Fat Standards (Female)
Age 17-20 = 30%
Age 21-27 = 32%
Age 28-39 = 34%
Age 40+ = 36%

Maintaining within height and weight standards of the Army is mandatory for all active duty and reserve soldiers. When failing to meet the standard, there is typically a significant amount of time and resources a soldiers can have access to in order to get within standards again (typically lose weight).

 

The Army does not allow for a prolonged period of time for the individual soldiers to have poor body composition as it causes problems for the Soldier and his unit he is attached. Typically being over fat and underdeveloped muscularly will results in poor physical performance can be detrimental to the deployed unit. For the individual, the soldier who is overweight, performance declines and the risk of developing work related injury increases as well as long term disease are greatly increased. It is also proven statistically that soldiers perform lower on the APFT scores if they have high percentages of body fat compared to those with less body fat. Graduate rates from Basic are also tied into similar statistics also yielding greater chance of injury and failure to complete training. 

Here is a calculator to monitor your progress as you prepare for Basic Combat Training.

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